A Brief History of the Wenham Tea House

In 1893 the Wenham Village Improvement Society was formed. Money earned from summer garden parties, flower shows and fairs was used to finance the society's community projects. They operated a small Tea House between the Church and what is now the Nazir's Jewelry shop in what would become the Wenham Tea House.

In 1912, it was decided to give up these methods of securing funds and it was decided to start a women's exchange to provide an outlet for local homeworker goods and a cozy place for the townspeople to gather. The Wenham Tea House was born.

The exchange became increasingly popular as more funds became available. Various additions were made and the property began to expand. The delicious food, quality tea and gracious hospitality made the Tea House a pleasant and quaint place to enjoy.

To this day the funds generated from the Tea House help the Society give back to the Town of Wenham. They provide local scholarships for our youth, funds for the beautification of the town and other civic obligations. From the stewardship of its members, the Society has made our town a wonderful place to live and raise our families.

For the past three years, Henry's Fine Foods operated the Wenham Tea House. Henry's continued the traditions of delicious food, quality tea and gracious hospitality. Nowadays, Fresh Food Catering manages the Wenham Tea House. Fresh Food Catering continue on the tradition of fine dining, excellent service and impeccable private functions at the Wenham Tea House.

More recently, Fresh Food Catering was established to service the residential and corporate catering needs of the Northshore! Also, the Fresh Food Café was opened in November 2015, serving breakfast and lunch M-F from 8am-2pm in the Atlantic-Tambone Corporate Office Building at 6 Kimball Lane in Lynnfield.

The partners of Fresh Food Catering and all of the Wenham Tea House Staff would like to thank you for the opportunity to serve in all ways possible. We hope you enjoy your Wenham Tea House experience, America's oldest operating Tea House today.

Wenham Tea House in the News

2/17/17 - 'Last Tea of the Titanic':  A Taste of What Dining Was Like On The Doomed Ship

2/14/17 - Greater Beverly Chamber hosts 2017 business awards

2/9/17 - Around Marblehead

2/9/17 - Circling the Square:  The thrill of victory and the sadness of so many losses

2/3/17 - East Coast Design to Host Opening Party

12/29/16 - Circling the Square:  Wrapping up the 2016 holiday season

11/20/16 - 20 fun things to do with kids during the holidays

9/20/16 - Town Focus:  Hamilton & Wenham

9/2/16 - Circling the Square:  Ready to cheer on Cailin at Rio Paralympics

2/26/15 - What is it like to live in Wenham?

12/16/14 - Essex County tourism leaders at awards ceremony

11/25/14 - DECA students fearless in funeral home 'Shark Tank' Challenge

11/09/14 - Crosby's to buy Henry's Market

9/22/14 - Tea Time Magazine: Taking Tea in Boston

6/23/13 - Accents, the Business of Dining: All 'Decked' out in Salisbury

6/8/13 - Boston Globe: Times Are Changing at the Wenham Tea House

5/24/13 - Patch.com: Friday Night Dinners Continue at the Wenham Tea House

1/31/13 - NorthShore Magazine: Tea Time On the North Shore

1/31/13 - Wenham Tea House Offers 'Friday Night Dinners'

1/21/13 - Salem News: Wenham Tea House Hosts Author Visit

1/19/2013 - Chicken Pot Pies North of Boston

12/28/12 - WVIS Hosts Holiday 'Shop & Sip' at the Wenham Tea House

10/20/12 - Wenham Tea House to Pour First Drink with New License Saturday

9/26/12 - Finish Line In Sight for Tea House Liquor License

8/15/12 - The Family Behind the New Wenham Tea House

8/15/12 - Not Just Tea and Scones 

8/10/12 - From Danvers to Wenham, Family Achieves Success

8/1/12 - The Wenham Tea House, it's not just for tea anymore

7/26/12 - Tea House Works Towards Liquor License, Hopes to Have it This Fall

7/23/12 - Wenham Tea House Adds New Patio, Increases Seating by 60%

6/19/12 - Wenham Tea House Pouring License on Track

5/29/12 - Wenham Tea House celebrates 100 years

3/30/12: Getting it down to a "T" at the Teahouse

3/30/12 - VIDEO: A sneak peak into the new Wenham Tea House

3/28/12 - Wenham Tea House set to reopen this weekend

2/17/12 - Henry's owner to take over Wenham Tea House

2/15/12 - Henry's owner signs Wenham Tea House lease

2/13/12 - Wenham Tea House seeks pouring license.