Friday, March 16, 2012

Gracious Hospitality [Marion Cabell Tyree Style]

The story of Marion Cabell Tyree can be read in this interesting post on the Diamond Hill Historical Society website. I was especially drawn to this post because of two statements quoted here. I think you will understand when you read them:

 The couple had “a beautiful and comfortable home in which they dispensed in the most gracious and genial manner that hospitality for which old Virginia was famous.”


Like other Virginia cookbook authors, Mrs. Tyree capitalized on the reputation of gracious Virginia hospitality derived from the Cavaliers who first settled here.
 And this is most interesting to me, and possibly to you as well ~

According to her, Virginia hospitality was opulent as a Royal Colony.   When we declared our independence, its citizens “discarded all the showy extravagance of the old, and retaining only inexpensive graces, they succeeded in perfecting that system which surviving to this day, has ever been noted for its beautiful and elegant simplicity.

 Enjoy and have a blessed day!


  1. Love that synchronicity!

  2. Very interesting. I'm wondering if I should print those measures off as I have an ancient cookbook with no clear measurements either. I'll have to check.

  3. What a beautiful pronouncement! I enjoyed my visit here - and I will be going to Virginia Sunday to see my elderly parents for a week.

  4. Love this post and the fact of discarding all the showy extravagances of the old, but still we retain beauty and elegant simplicity.

  5. Hi La Tea Dah....Hope you are well and happy. And on Saturday, may YOU have a blessed and wonderful day. Susan


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