Christmas at Severnby

by Betty Wrenn Day - Posted on Dec 07, 2011 - 04:26 PM

Photo: These are the ladies who will prepare and serve the gourmet dishes on Tuesday at Severnby at the annual Christmas Open House sponsored by the Ware River Circle of The King’s Daughters. From left are Ginger Rowe, Jane Smith, Bobby Ray, Margi Teagle, Ann Brown, food chairman; Christine Wesson, Marilyn Hamilton, mistress of Severnby; Margie Borden, Sara Delo, Karen Williams, Wanda Friend, event chairman, and Julie Stone, Circle president. Photo by Betty Wrenn Day.

These are the ladies who will prepare and serve the gourmet dishes on Tuesday at Severnby at the annual Christmas Open House sponsored by the Ware River Circle of The King’s Daughters. From left are Ginger Rowe, Jane Smith, Bobby Ray, Margi Teagle, Ann Brown, food chairman; Christine Wesson, Marilyn Hamilton, mistress of Severnby; Margie Borden, Sara Delo, Karen Williams, Wanda Friend, event chairman, and Julie Stone, Circle president. Photo by Betty Wrenn Day.

The dining room at Severnby will be the center of attention when its magnificent table is laden with gourmet foods and champagne and cranberry punches on Tuesday. It will be the 22nd Annual Christmas Open House sponsored by the Ware River Circle of The King’s Daughters.

With a ticket to this elegant affair, one becomes a gourmet and will have the pleasure of touring Severnby, a Victorian house built in 1892 and open to the public for the first time.

As you enter the front hall at Severnby on your way to the dining room, where the Duncan Phyfe table is spread with homemade delectables flanked by an Empire sideboard once owned by Joseph Bonaparte, older brother of Napoleon, your eyes will immediately catch sight of the English settee from Rosewell. It is most likely that Thomas Jefferson, a lifelong friend of John Page and a many-time visitor, sat upon it.

From the living room with its German baroque secretary made between 1690 and 1710, to the library where between the windows stands a secretary desk of Baroness Virginia de Boulemont that has been identified as a Tidewater piece circa 1775, to the back hall, there are so many interesting furnishings and collectibles to see before taking the stairs to the second floor. It is perhaps at this point you may wish to stop by the dining room for another pick-me-up, especially the champagne punch.