Henry Flagler’s Whitehall was completed in 1901 on Palm Beach, Florida. The New York Herald proclaimed Whitehall “more wonderful than any place in Europe, grander and more magnificent than any other private dwelling in the world”. The 55-room estate, although built as a wedding present for his wife, is a gift to our nation. Educational lectures, art exhibits, tours and tea are among the offerings. This destination is another place where I can replenish my inner source of energy.

Last weekend I visited Whitehall and enjoyed a moment of respite by having tea at Whitehall’s Pavilion Café. The Gilded Age style lunch featured such savories as egg salad with curried mayonnaise; cucumber, chives and herbed cream cheese; Swiss cheese and turkey with strawberry mayonnaise; albacore tuna salad with Granny Smith apples and old fashioned pumpkin bread with cream cheese. And I have not even gotten to the sweets yet! A traditional scone with cranberries served of course with Devonshire cream and strawberry preserves was my favorite. The date nut bar was a close second.

After lunch I explored the mansion and enjoyed an art exhibit featuring A Mother’s Pearls:  Children in American Paintings including Winslow Homer, Mary Cassatt and John Singer Sargent.  I spent time in the delightful museum gift shop that was filled with books.

Yesterday, a day before Easter, Whitehall hosted their annual Easter Egg Hunt and Easter Egg Roll on the museum’s lawn. Children were provided wooden spoons to roll their eggs.  The Gilded Age tradition of egg rolling began on the South Lawn of the White House when President Hayes welcomed children to the first White House Easter Egg roll in 1878.

If you ever visit Palm Beach County, I highly recommend touring Whitehall. For more information, visit http://www.flaglermuseum.us

Bountiful Blessings!

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