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Did you know that back in the 1920's two Falmouth women were well known for their entrepreneurial endeavors? They opened two very popular tea rooms!
As Jan Whitaker describes in Tea at the Blue Lantern Inn bit.ly/2RzMRjI, “During the 1920’s, at the height of the tea room craze, these little businesses were virtually synonymous with female self-expression. It seemed there were almost no women in America who didn’t harbor a wish to run a tea room, decorate it (very important), and supervise every small detail."
Two such local business women were Florence Lindskog of the Florence Tea Room and Edna Harris of the Megansett Tea Room (both tea rooms are pictured).
According to the Book of Falmouth, the North Falmouth tea rooms were very popular and served a variety of delectables to many residents and visitors. Lindskog—known for her doughnuts—sold groceries and served meals to many, including the carpenters working in the area during the building boom in New Silver Beach. Meanwhile at the Megansett Tea Room, a hostess recounts a visit from Mr. & Mrs. Beebe, who arrived in their maroon Rolls Royce, to enjoy Ms. Harris’s renowned tea sandwiches.
In fact, both the successful owners expanded their businesses after the prohibition: Lindskog added an outdoor beer garden in the thirties, which was unfortunately swept away in the Hurricane of 1938, and Harris built an addition for dancing to live music, where the likes of PeeWee Russell, Bobby Hackett, and Jerry Colonna performed.
Did you have tea or doughnuts at the tea rooms, or do you know any family stories of those that did? If so, contact us! ... See MoreSee Less