Adaland Mansion at Philippi hosts a variety of events related to Mother's Day.
The Adaland Mansion connection to Mother's Day is via West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals justice Judge Ira E. Robinson who, in 1920, bought the property on which today's Adaland Mansion sits. Robinson, born in Taylor County and raised in Taylor and Barbour counties, renovated the mansion and lived there with his wife Ada, Adaland's namesake, for 20 years. Judge Robinson successfully advocated for the recognition of Mother's Day as a state holiday.
Guests to Adaland can enjoy its historical significance and Victorian ambiance as they taste the culinary creations served from today's tea tables and buffet tables.
Adaland's formal teas are scheduled for Saturday, with high tea being served at 2 p.m. and royal tea at 5 p.m. Because both teas have limited seating, reservations are required by calling 304-457-1587. Both teas showcase a formal presentation of traditional tea foods that include scones, hors d'oeuvres, fruits and desserts. Royal tea adds specialty hors d'oeuvres, finger sandwiches, a complimentary glass of champagne and a private tableside presentation of tea history.