TEA ROOM NAMES
Tea rooms frequently chose memorable names which often imitated those of Colonial taverns. Here are some examples from the early 1900s.
The Fernery, New York City
The Copper Kettle, Northampton, Massachusetts
Arts & Crafts Cottage, Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard
The Green Dragon, Philadelphia
The Whistling Oyster, Ogunquit, Maine
The Sign of the Motor Car, Dennis, Cape Cod
Rest-A-While, New York City
Will o' the Wisp, Greenwich Village, New York City
Teacup Inn, Chicago
The Busy Bee, St. Louis
Aunt Em's, Derry, New Hampshire
The Jolly Miller, Hope Valley, Rhode Island
The Sign of the Golden Orange, Miami
Tea Pot Tavern, Rochester, Minnestota
The Twin Owls, Estes Park, Colorado
Two Girls' Waffle House, Anchorage, Alaska
The Miramar, Columbus, Ohio
House of the White Peacock, Washington DC
Rick Rack Bird, Chicago
The Chidwa, Detroit
Ye Mayflower, San Francisco
The Wind Blew Inn, Towertown, Chicago
The Sign of the Green Kettle, Hartford, Connecticut
The White Doors, outside Baltimore
The Silver Latch, Minneapolis
Ye Old Tea House, Stone Harbor, New Jersey
Ye Olde Whipple Tea Barn, North Pownal, Vermont
Ella Cinders Tea Room, Ashland, Virginia
Brick Oven Tavern, Boston
Bandana Kitchen & Tea Room, Asheville, North Carolina
Dove and Distaff Tea Garden, Peace Dale, Rhode Island
Robin Hood Tea Room, Kent, Ohio
The Betsy Ross, Washington DC
To read about my book on tea rooms, Tea at the Blue Lantern Inn, click here.
Tea Room History
Tea rooms were very popular in America in the first half of the 20th century, both as places for women to go and as businesses for women to run.
The Crumperie interiors were decorated in a homey style with a quilt on the wall, and the bureau that you see in this drawing. When Crumpie was fortunate enough to secure a location with a fireplace, she placed a duck decoy on the hearth. In the Crumperie guestbook, a guest wrote:
The decoy duck sits by the fire
All day, and never seems to tire
He wears a feather in his tail
And eats the crumpets when they're stale.
"Tea Rooms," Town and Country, June 24, 1905.
"Charm of the Colonial Tea Room," New York Times, January 26, 1908.
"The Development of the Tea Room," Harper's Bazaar, March 1908.
"Taverns and Tea Rooms as a Business for Women," Herminie Dudley and Sarah Leyburn Coe, Good Housekeeping, June, 1911.
"The 'Tabby Cat' Tea House," Elizabeth L. Adams, House Beautiful, August, 1914.
"The Coming of the Tea House," Mary Harrod Northend, American Cookery, June-July, 1915.
"Do You Own a Barn, and Old Mill or a Tumble Down House?" Woman's Home Companion, May 1922.