BREVARD — The kids are back in school, vacations live on in our memories, and fall is in the air. With that, Titusville’s Grand Dame, The Pritchard House, once again opens her doors to the season of festivities.
“Although we’re open year-round,” said Sandy Meyers, Pritchard House volunteer, “autumn marks the beginning of our special exhibit events and ever-popular tea services.”
Built in the late 1800’s, The Pritchard House is a shining example of Queen Anne architecture in all her glory. Captain Pritchard is considered one of Brevard’s most forward thinking forefathers, and the house he constructed on South Washington Avenue stands tall as a testament of solid ingenuity and good stock.
The home was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1990, underwent extensive remodeling, and is now a museum dedicated to a time gone by. For a $10.00 donation, knowledgeable docents dressed in period clothes will take you back to a simpler, slower time that ironically enough, teemed with innovation and moxie. Captain Pritchard was a true Renaissance Man and a trip to The Pritchard House will reveal just how much.
A tour of the home and grounds can last about two hours, particularly if you engage in lively conversation with Ms. Meyers who knows literally everything there is to know about the Pritchard family, their home, and Titusville in the early 1900’s.
Additionally, and with much anticipation, autumn brings a host of special events and activities you won’t want to miss. Take care to mark your calendars, as these events sell out fairly quickly.
The month of October will jump-start the celebrations with the Homespun Collection Exhibit. Along with hundreds of items on perpetual display, the Homespun Collection will feature delicate handcrafted items usually stored away for months at a time. These vintage items include quilts, linens and fine lace, hand-hooked rugs, mustache cups, vintage china, tea sets, kitchenware, toys, and more.
The first of the much-loved Pritchard House tea service events will also occur in October. The Homespun Tea Tour takes place on October 8th at 2:00 p.m. Tea service events include tasty finger sandwiches, sweet confections, and, of course, tea, which is always served in Pritchard House fine china. Guests will be tended to by an all-volunteer staff dressed in period attire reminiscent of Downton Abbey. For a $35.00 donation, tea service events include a museum tour, and the special exhibit showcased during that month.
November brings us the Autumn Afternoon Tea and Tour on the 5th at 2:00 p.m. and Meet the MOB (Museums of Brevard) takes place off-sight at the Valiant Air Command & Warbird Museum in Titusville on November 20th from 1:00 pm. to 4:00 p.m. Here you can meet representatives from the MOB member organizations, learn more about their collaborations, and perhaps join in their cause.
December is particularly joyous when The Pritchard House takes part in the MOB 3rd Annual Holiday Tour. This event features several historic homes in Brevard County all decked out for the holidays. Tour dates include Dec. 2nd – 4th, Dec. 9th – 11th, and Dec. 16th -18th at 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. Additional tours of the Pritchard House can be scheduled during the month of December for $15.
The Christmas Parade Porch Party is another event whose popularity precedes itself, so act fast to nab a seat. The porch party will take place on December 10th from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Ten seats are available on the upstairs porch ($50), and 12 are available downstairs ($25). These vantage points offer a spectacular view of the annual Titusville Christmas Parade. Holiday snacks and refreshments will be served, and you can join in a holiday sing-along, but keep in mind that reservations are required, and space is limited.
The Christmas events will bring the 2022 Pritchard House schedule of festivities to a close, but no need to fret; 2023 will feature no less than eight additional events, including more tea services. So, stay tuned!
Please note, the cost of a regular tour is a $10 donation (unless otherwise noted), $5 for children 12 and under, and children under three years of age are free. Afternoon Tea events all begin at 2:00 p.m. and incur a $35 donation. The Pritchard House is a nonprofit organization and is always in need of volunteers. If you love history, architecture, and dressing up, this may be a perfect opportunity for you to give back. For more information regarding the Pritchard House, events, and tours, please visit https://www.nbbd.com/godo/PritchardHouse/index.html. If you’re interested in volunteering, please call (321) 607-0203, or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.