The first floor of the W.H. Stark House has been decorated for Easter with W.H. Stark family china, crystal, silver and linens. Visitors may tour the home now through April 30, to view the exhibit.

“The exhibition allows our visitors to imagine how the Victorian home might have been during the spring when Miriam Stark [who inhabited the home with her husband William Henry Stark] might have had an afternoon tea for her friends,” said Patsy Herrington, director of the W.H. Stark House.

The focus of the exhibit is the dining room table, which has been set for tea and dessert. The display features the one-of-a-kind sterling silver tea service designed by the Gorham Manufacturing Company as well as French porcelain cups and saucers in the Rose Trellis pattern by Rue Thiroux. The table is also set with several American Brilliant Period Cut Glass pieces, including an ice cream service, candlesticks, a punch bowl with matching cups and ladle, and stemware. Embroidered linens, a beautiful spring centerpiece arrangement and faux Easter eggs complete the setting.

Other first-floor rooms decorated for Easter are the library, the foyer, the breakfast room and the back hallway. These rooms include faux flowers, faux eggs and faux carrots stored in the beautiful rare and decorative sterling silver, crystal and porcelain pieces collected by the W.H. Stark family throughout their lives.

Tours of the W.H. Stark House are available Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with regular admission. Special group pricing is available for group tours that are scheduled in advance. Tour participants must be 10 years of age or older. All tours for the Stark House begin in the lobby of the Stark Museum of Art, which is located at 712 Green Ave., one block west of the Stark House in downtown Orange. Stairs are an essential part of the complete Stark House tour.

For more information, please visit or call 409.883.0871.