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Adaland’s Heritage Day Celebrates Local Musicians


Local musicians who love heritage music will keep toes tapping during Adaland Mansion’s Heritage Day. Pictured right are Gerald Fogg on the dulcimer and friends and fellow musicians Jim Murphy and Karen Skidmore at a previous Heritage Day celebration.


This year’s Heritage Day is free and open to the public. Guided tours of the house will be available for $10, and lunch is available at the mansion house for $15. Visitors are also invited to browse the Gift Shop while at Heritage Day.

High and Royal Teas Await Adaland Guests


Specialty teas have become a hallmark of the 1870’s restored home. The teas celebrate a social event that may well have played out in the Neo-Greek home when the original Modisett family built and lived in the mansion.


Adaland offers afternoon High Tea and evening Royal Tea. Scones and hot teas will begin the afternoon and evening teas, followed by a fresh fruit course, then a savories course including a variety of tea sandwiches, and a concluding sweets course. To the basic four courses of the High Tea menu will be added other savories and a complimentary glass of champagne with strawberries for the Royal Tea.

how to use the spindle, a tool used in hand spinning.


Whether guests are intrigued by learning how to use a spindle, or the art of soap making, or the process used for brickmaking, or weaving, or corn grinding, or the art of the blacksmith, Adaland Mansion is the place during the annual “Day at the Barn” in June. The free admission event at the historical grounds features local craftspersons who are interested in preserving the history of the area.


At left is Jada Nelson who will demonstrating how to use the spindle, a tool used in hand spinning.  Nelson will be remembered for her portrayal of Nancy Modisett as she conducted guided tours of Adaland Mansion and for her work with the spindle and the psaltery.


Annual day at the Barn includes scavenger hunt


Adaland staff is planning on a scavenger hunt at the barn to introduce guests to little known facts about the barn, its construction, and its use. A prize awaits the winner of the hunt. And for all, cookies and snacks will be available for purchase during the Day at the Barn.


Betty Carr, a long-time employee and volunteer at Adaland Mansion, showed how to make soap in addition to displaying the process used to make bricks. The brick making process is most probably the same process used by the Modisett family when they built the mansion in 1870.

Betty Carr, tour guide and heritage skills demonstrator,
works with visiting children at Adaland Heritage Day AT the Barn


Heritage Day at the Barn directs the spotlight on the restored barn where a varied collection of reproductions of equipment and tools owned by Augustus Modisett, builder of the mansion house, are displayed.  The Modisett farm was settled in 1807 with the Modisett family living in a double log cabin on the property until the mansion house was built in 1872.



Adaland Mansion Appeals to the Senses



Country Music Day at Adaland features a wide variety of genres of live music on the side yard pavilion. Entertainers have included: Vali Davis; Jay McCung; The Moatsville Boys;  Marissa Mallow, Jamie and Daniel Kittle. Rick Cleavenger and Friends, area blue grass afficionados,  are shown sharing their musical talents.


The music on the pavilion is free and open to all music lovers and those who just want to enjoy a beautiful fall afternoon at the 1870 restored Neo Greek home. Visitors are welcome to bring their own picnic lunches, or they may reserve a BBQ lunch.

Holiday Specialty Teas Await Guests At Adaland Mansion


When guests to the Holiday High Tea and Royal Tea enter Adaland Mansion, they are greeted by green garlands draping doors and mantels, red velvet bows perched on the black walnut railing ascending to the second floor, and Christmas trees in nearly all the rooms at Adaland, each tree with its own decorating theme.


Guests at a previous year’s Holiday Specialty Tea, shown right, are in the midst of the Christmas finery that has become synonymous with Adaland at Christmas time. Make your reservations to enjoy the holiday decorations, the charming Adaland ambiance, and the always delicious tea finger foods that mark all the specialty teas.

Karen Vuranch, WV playwright, returns with
Adaland Mansion’s annual Dinner Theater


The evening on Adaland’s side yard pavilion begins with a buffet dinner prepared by Adaland’s veteran cook, Lucy Williamson. After dinner, local and area actors will have audience members snickering and guffawing as they watch the action unfold.

Adaland Mansion Hosts
Blue & Gray Tea


Adaland Mansion at Philippi hosts the Blue & Gray Tea as part of the Blue & Gray Reunion in Philippi. The annual June event draws reenactors in Civil War era attire and also those who love teas and enjoy seeing all the period clothing.


Pictured above are four reenactors in period garb from a previous year including Doretta Brown, Lindsay Bracey Goudy, and Kelly Bracey all of whom are reenactors with the Barbour Greys, a Barbour County Confederate Army Unit during the Civil War.

May Is for Mothers


Wondering what to do for your mother, your grandmother, your wife, or that special someone to make your Mother’s Day celebration extra special?


Adaland’s serves an annual Mother’s Day Buffet Dinner. Guests for this day are treated to the mouthwatering down home cooking of Adaland’s long time cook, Lucy Williamson.  The buffet table will be laden with two entrees, a collection of sides, salad with Lucy’s famous dressing, homemade bread, and a sideboard of luscious desserts. Adaland’s signature peach iced tea and coffee round out the afternoon meal that has become a favorite of many visitors.

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