Old Capitol
Tea Room

Step into a simpler time

Tea Times: Sat & Sun @ 3p

501 North Capitol Avenue
Corydon, IN 47112


(812) 734-0076

Quick Reservation


Our tea room is based on the principle that a 'tea' is a truly social event. It is a time to enjoy the company of freinds, while enjoying light fare and warm, soothing teas.

The Old Capitol Tea Room will be serving a traditional "Afternoon Tea," as it's commonly called, at 3pm on most Saturdays and Sundays. However, the tea room is also available for special group teas which can be booked for groups of 12 or more during the week, or even for an evening tea. Availability depends on our schedule, of course, but we will most certainly try to accommodate your group on your chosen day and time. Because we are operating out of our historic home, sometimes there are other events or commitments that we have, either at the house, or away, that might prevent us from booking a particular day and time.

The History of English Tea Times

“...Back then, lunch for the upper crust was generally a light repast served at noon, and dinner occurred no earlier than 7:30 p.m. As legend has it, during one long, food-less afternoon, the duchess felt hunger pangs and ordered tea and snacks to her bedroom chamber. The refreshments did the trick, and [she] soon made this tea break a habit.

Sitting in a English garden, waiting for the tea

“The duchess' well-heeled friends began joining her in this post-lunch tea ritual, the story goes, and the practice spread in aristocratic circles. Though some historical references call this ritual "low tea" — because the ladies would sit in low armchairs while sipping — afternoon tea was hardly a humble affair then. Nor is it today.

“Here's where you'll find those crustless finger sandwiches and an array of dainty scones, cakes, macaroons and other tempting nibbles. Afternoon tea is generally served around 3 or 4 p.m. these days. Richardson says it's a time to mind your manners. Place your napkin on your lap and stir gently. Splashing tea, clinking cups and spoons and finger licking will make you appear beastly....” — Continue Reading

We fell in love with this house because we thought it was the perfect place for bringing people together. It would seem Indiana's founding fathers agreed with us.

Located on the first floor of one of Corydon's grand historic homes, The Old Capitol Tea Room is just a block from the downtown square and within a few hundred feet of the historic Constitutional Elm. The home sits on the site of the 1st Harrison County Courthouse, which was later used jointly as the Indiana territorial capitol building. It was referred to as the "Courthouse on the Hill" and it was here that the Indiana Constitution was first conceived in 1816 and then walked down to the shade of the historic elm tree to be signed in the summer of 1816.

The Old Capitol House

The buildings on the property and the site were then deeded to Dennis Pennington, a lauded founding father of Indiana's statehood, in late 1816 as partial payment for his work on the construction of the "Stone Courthouse" which still sits on the east side of the Corydon town square.

Pennington sold the property in 1817 to local merchants, Wilson & Bayless. In 1847 the property was sold again to the Jordan family.

The property remained in the Jordan family for over 60 years. Victor Bulleit bought the property in 1911 for $3,000. Bulleit then sold the property to William Huff five years later, and the current 2 1/2 story home with the red-tile roof was constructed in 1916.

Over the last 100 years the property has changed hands several times with various owners and updates to the property. The home was completely renovated between 2006 and 2010 by David & Linda Toupin. It was then sold to Jeff & Carrie Ketterman in 2013, a home that Jeff has long admired as a life-long Harrison County resident. Jeff is also a descendant of Dennis Pennington through his late grandmother, June (Davis) Flock. So, the home has now come full circle, and he and Carrie couldn't be more delighted with their beautiful, century-old, historic home.

Sometimes, tea is an easy, relaxing way to pass the afternoon. But sometimes, you want a little more. Enter: our special themed tea events.

We have several special tea dates with various themes planned for the coming year. Planned teas include an Alice In Wonderland Mad Hatter Tea, Murder Mystery Teas, a Roaring Twenties Tea, and various holiday teas. We'll update our events on this page as often as we can, but be sure to check our Facebook page for more consistent updates.

Make any birthday, bridal shower, or other event extra special at The Old Capitol Tea Room.

The tea room is available for private tea settings for groups of 12 or more. There is a $50, non-refundable charge which must be paid for in advance when booking. Your desired date will be checked against our calendar for availability. The tea room is available for booking seven days a week, but exact dates are dependent upon the tea room calendar. Please, keep in mind that the Tea Room is in our home, and sometimes we actually just live there. Please call or email The Old Capitol Tea Room for more information, or to check availability for a specific date and time.

Please feel free to contact us regarding reservations, private tea settings, or special events at any of the following:

Phone: (812) 734-0076


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