Victorian Lady Tearoom enjoys Rich History


Kay and Jeff Young, owners of The Victorian Lady Tearoom, will be celebrating their 7th year in business this Spring. Located on Front Street in downtown Milford, the Victorian Lady Tearoom is housed in the historic Marshall House on the banks of the Mispillion River. The tearoom offers patrons the opportunity to relax while dining on sandwiches, croissants and over 70 unique teas while enjoying the beauty of the historical landmark.

The Marshall House was originally constructed as two separate buildings. John Law, a brick mason, purchased the property on January 10, 1787. It was one of the original lots sold by Milford co-founder, Joseph Oliver. Laws constructed a two and a half  story, three bay, gable roof brick structure that is today the east front section of the house. Eventually ownership of the house passed to Louder Layton in 1806. He then built an adjacent house to the original structure. It originally served as a store but became Milford’s first bank in 1821. The bank closed in 1827.

In 1879 Mr. Andrew Donnell purchased both houses for his daughter Mary Louise Marshall and her husband Dr. George William Marshall. The two adjacent buildings were remodeled to create one house and extensive interior and exterior renovations were made.  Dr. Marshall used the building as his residence and doctor’s office until his death in 1915.
Kay and Jeff Young decided to open The Victorian Lady Tearoom in 2005 after their first tea together at Harrod’s in London England.

“I do not remember the tea or the food being all that great,” remembered Kay Young. “but I loved the experience. We were hooked on the idea of having tea and looked for that experience everywhere back here.”

After reading an article in Southern Lady Magazine about two sisters who had been successful at opening multiple tea rooms around the country, Kay decided that she wanted to open a tea room of her own. At a conference in North Carolina Kay had the opportunity to meet the two sisters and hear them speak about owning a tea room.

As Kay and Jeff looked for a location to open up their first business together they stumbled upon the historic Marshall House in downtown Milford. Working as professionals their entire lives, Jeff as a Microbiologist and Kay as an Administrative Assistant, the Youngs were beginning an exciting new chapter in their lives.

Jeff prepares all of the food on the premises of The Victorian Lady Tearoom including soups, salads, scones, deserts and his famous chicken salad sandwich on a croissant. Kay specializes in hospitality as she speaks with guests about the fine food and the history of the house. In addition to sitting down for tea The Tearoom offers over 70 different teas in their gift shop along with other accoutrements, books, scone mixes, jams, curds and tart servers.

The Victorian Lady is open Wednesday through Saturday 11:00-4:00. Lunch is served weekdays along with Queen’s Tea. Reservations are not necessary but can be made by calling 302-424-8272. Events such as birthdays, baby and bridal showers and retirement parties are welcome at The Tearoom with reservation. The Victorian Lady Tearoom is located at 12 N.W. Front Street in downtown MIlford.