The Mansion’s Gilded Age Tea

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May 19, 2024
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


370 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT 06824 United States

The Fairfield Museum and Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum are collaborating to present The Mansion’s Gilded Age Tea on Sunday, May 19, 2024, 2-4 pm. Doors will open at 1:30 pm.

Co-chaired by LMMM Trustees Tatiana Mendoza and Kathy Olsen, this event will feature luxurious tea refreshments, a silent auction, a hat contest, and a fascinating exploration of Fairfield Museum’s exhibition titled Money Talks: The Gilded Age in Fairfield.


How to Purchase Tickets

Tickets are $60 for members and $65 for non-members (for both museums) available to purchase online at:

Proceeds will benefit LMMM’s and Fairfield Museum’s educational and cultural programs.


About the Exhibition

Money Talks: The Gilded Age in Fairfield is an exhibition that explores immigrant labor and innovative businessmen, domestic servants, and wealthy vacationers. Growing public need and local benefactors. Dichotomies characterize the Gilded Age in Fairfield. The “Gilded Age” (1865-1912) was a period of immense growth in America known for lavish expressions of wealth and cavernous class distinctions. In 1873, Mark Twain gave the era its name with the novel, The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today. Tremendous social and economic changes could also be found in Fairfield—changes that would not have been possible without the working class supporting the grand lifestyle of the upper classes.

This exhibition presents the industrialists, philanthropists, and entrepreneurs who summered in the Fairfield area, including P.T. Barnum, Annie Burr and Oliver Gould Jennings, Dr. Ira DeVer Warner, and Jonathan and Harriet V.S. Thorne, alongside the people who made their lifestyles possible. Money Talks: The Gilded Age in Fairfield is on view at the Fairfield Museum and History Center through June 16, 2024.


About the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum

LMMM’s 2024 programs are made possible in part by LMMM’s Founding Patrons: The Estate of Mrs. Cynthia Clark Brown; LMMM’s Leadership Patrons: The Sealark Foundation; and LMMM’s 2024 Season Distinguished Benefactors: The City of Norwalk, The Maurice Goodman Foundation, and Lockwood-Mathews Foundation, Inc. For more information on tours and programs, please visit, email [email protected], or call 203-838-9799.