Overfield Museum to host Yuletide Dinners


Meals available Dec. 1-2

Provided photo A table service during a previous Yuletide Dinner at the Overfield Tavern Museum.

Provided photo A table service during a previous Yuletide Dinner at the Overfield Tavern Museum.


Provided photo Benjamin Overfield is portrayed by Terry Purke during a previous Yuletide Dinner event at the Overfield Tavern Museum.


For the Troy Daily News

TROY — The Overfield Tavern Museum’s board and staff invite the community to experience its Third annual “Yuletide Dinners” the weekend of Dec. 1-2 at the tavern, built in 1808 at Water and Mulberry streets in downtown Troy.

Seatings are available at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, and at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2.

Bryan Begg of Bakehouse Bread in downtown Troy is preparing the historically inspired menu with an appetizer that is still to be determined, braised lamb shoulder with parsnips and barley pilaf, and pawpaw pudding. However, the menu is subject to change. Each meal also includes two drink tickets.

In addition to Bakehouse Bread, sponsorship of this event comes from the Overfield Tavern Museum Foundation; McGuffey Herb & Spice Co.; Dawna Elko, Berkshire Hathaway Professional Realty – Commercial Division; J. Hall & Associates, CPAs; and Koverman Staley Dickerson Insurance.

Each seating will feature live musical entertainment and the hospitality of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Overfield, as portrayed by Troy residents Terry and Karen Purke. Servers will be in period dress, and guests are welcome to come in modern clothing.

The tavern’s cage bar will serve ticket holders craft beer, wine, and spirits, including Indian Creek Distillery’s Staley rye whiskey, made using a family recipe that dates to the early 1820s, when the Overfield Tavern was still operating as a tavern. Craft beer from Carillon Brewing Co. also will be served.

Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased through eventbrite.com (search for “Overfield Tavern Yuletide Dinner”) or by sending a check made payable to “Overfield Tavern Museum” and mailed in care of J. Hall and Associates, 327 S. Market St., Troy, OH 45373. Checks should be mailed by Nov. 28, or purchased through Eventbrite by Nov. 30. The memo line should specify the seating time and room of choice (kitchen, parlor, taproom, or upstairs courtroom).

“Our Yuletide dinners offer the community a fresh, festive way to enjoy the holidays while also learning about their community’s roots in an entertaining fashion,” said Chris Manning, curator of the Overfield Tavern Museum. “Food and drink were at the center of frontier life at the tavern more than 200 years ago, and we’re pleased to recreate that experience against the backdrop of our marvelous collection of early Americana, much of it from pioneer families in Miami County.”

This year’s tavern dinners will coincide with the holiday open house at the Museum of Troy History, which is across the street from the tavern.

Provided photo A table service during a previous Yuletide Dinner at the Overfield Tavern Museum.
https://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2018/11/web1_Overfieldtablesideservice.jpgProvided photo A table service during a previous Yuletide Dinner at the Overfield Tavern Museum.

Provided photo Benjamin Overfield is portrayed by Terry Purke during a previous Yuletide Dinner event at the Overfield Tavern Museum.
https://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2018/11/web1_BenjaminOverfieldasportrayedbyTerryPurke.jpgProvided photo Benjamin Overfield is portrayed by Terry Purke during a previous Yuletide Dinner event at the Overfield Tavern Museum.
Meals available Dec. 1-2