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Cross and Bluebird Tea & Gift Shops

1975 Shrivers Corner Road at The Historic Tate Farm | Gettysburg, PA
717-339-0903 | Email | Website | Hours
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The Historic Tate Farm

Enjoy a delightful Afternoon Tea Luncheon
in this unique 'home-like' atmosphere, where all the sweets and savories are homemade and the tea properly brewed.

'Where history and good taste meet!'

If you are looking for unique Tea Pots, Tea Sets,or lovely Tea Cups and Saucers as well as a nice supply of Flavored Teas and Tea Accessories...

Then you will enjoy browsing at the Cross and Bluebird Tea & Outdoor Gift Shops
(May - November) located in Historic Hunterstown,PA.


Not Just 'Tea'...
We like to think of our collection
as a 'one of a kind' experience.
Our hope is that you will find something
'unique' to take home with you for yourself
or a special gift for a good friend or loved one.

Our goal is to be a destination stop for visitors and a resource for locals seeking gifts, new experiences, and a knowledge of 'Tea'.


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Laurie & Roger,


Jennie and I wanted to thank you for accommodating us this afternoon. It was a truly memorable experience. You were both spectacular hosts and we couldn't have been more pleased with the entire experience. From the warm welcome, unexpected history lesson provided by Roger, to the amazing service and food, it was just lovely.


Thank you again for fitting us in. It was really a great way to help celebrate our anniversary. We will certainly be back in the future.


You really have an amazing slice of Americana and are great stewards of such a historical property.


Warmest Regards and Best Wishes for your continued success!


- Vince & Jennie Aug 10th '14

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This is absolutely a 5 star Tea Room. I would recommend it to anyone. Roger & Laurie are the most gracious hosts and always, always make you feel welcome. They were my inspiration. Thank you so much for you lovely teas and your friendship. It means so much. I'll be back!



- Janice Aug 3rd '14

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I just wanted to say THANK YOU for a wonderful evening at your Tea Room. I have been to a number of establishments and have a new favorite. Your warm hospitality and tasty offerings are certainly something to rave about! My husband enjoyed the bit of peanut butter pie that I brought home and I just had my scone for breakfast.

I would like to thank you Laurie and Roger for an absolutely charming evening, you are excellent hosts. I will highly recommend your tea room to others. The evening with General & Mrs. Lee was absolutely wonderful and the tea and foods delicious! Can't wait to return for the Christmas Holiday Tea.



- Lisa Ann Jun 27th '14

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After Tea with Laurie and Roger you know there never can be a more wonderful place to go and have tea.i came last May and bought 3 friends with me today and these ladies have not stopped raving,planning trip back in fall.The tea is not on a scale it is 100% over the top?how can life be any better than Cold strawberry soup,warm scones,fresh salad and chicken salad croissant stuffed.More tea than any one should drink and drive back home.To top off the marvelous tea....wow chocolate peanut butter pie topped whip cream.
Nicest part was Laurie and Roger.you made our day so very special.Thanks for doing Tea.I loved the special daisy tea cup I got in sweet gift shop.will we be coming back you bet we will with more friends.

- Shirley Jackson Jun 22nd '14

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Lovely Tea room. Great food, great host and hostess. Poor parking.

- Rose Jun 18th '14

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Rose,

When we have large Tea Parties, there is overflow parking across the street.

Thanks for visiting ... and for the nice comments!

Laurie & Roger

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On May 16th I attended my first tea at Cross and Bluebird. The food was excellent as well the company of General and Mrs. Lee.

Thank you for the great
hospitality, many photo ops and for allowing us to tour the grounds.
It was a wonderful and memorable first experience!


- Tina Zaworski Stevens May 20th '14

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Many, many thanks for the delicious tea and warm hospitality you provided our group of six ladies today. General and Mrs Lee were excellent table companions and educated us, as well as kept us entertained.They graciously granted our requests for numerous photographs which we greatly appreciated Thank you for inviting us into your home . We hope to return again sometime soon.



- Carol Powers May 17th '14

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I don't remember enjoying 'tea' as much as I did at this tea room. From the low relaxing music playing in the background; the variety of teas; and the excellent scones, salad, quiche, and trifle! You won't walk away hungry. The hosts were wonderful and Roger gave a interesting overview of the history. It was one of those 'I'll definitely be coming back' moments.

You won't be disappointed.

- Dottie Apr 19th '14

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We've traveled to many a tea room. This was beyond excellent. If we could rate the hosts, they would be off the charts. Not everyone can run a tea room. The Hardings are an A++. They have what it takes to host, their hospitality is perfect. The food was amazingly delicious. Unique and excellent. They made us feel right @ home. We will definitely return.

- Becky, Penny , & Lynnette Mar 16th '14

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My sisters and friends always enjoy a wonderful evening with the two of you dear ones in your lovely tea room. Wednesday was no exception. It was a very special time for our group. The delicious food, your great hospitality and warmth of your furnishings and accompanying dishes, all join to afford us a splendid time. Thank you so very much, especially for the scrumptious red pepper soup!
We'll be back again soon!

- Mary Ann Mar 6th '14

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I have had the opportunity to visit the Cross and Bluebird Tea & Gift Shop at the Historic Tate Farm on several occasions, and each time, I have been truly impressed by the level of service, attention to detail, and both quality and quantity of food and beverage. Laurie and Roger's welcoming attitude makes each guest feel at home, and their extensive knowledge of Civil War history provides for some very interesting conversation. Several varieties of tea and typically five courses of hand-prepared hors d'oeuvres and baked goods leave guests completely satisfied. Seasonal table settings and beautiful, antique tea sets (also available for purchase) further compliment the experience. Would highly recommend this tea shop to anyone looking for a unique, memorable, and tasty experience!

- LMS Feb 11th '14

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Having visited a few tea rooms in the US, UK, Russia and Turkey, Cross & Bluebird is hands-down the BEST tea room I've ever experienced. The hosts (Laurie and Roger) are the perfect combination with a genuine passion for what they do. Their hospitality, friendship, amazing tea, and phenomenal food are second-to-none...all in a truly historic setting. Although a bit of a drive for us from DC (we first came on a recommendation from a friend), it is well worth the effort. We've now been twice in the last few months and certainly plan to visit again in the near future!

- C.N. Feb 10th '14

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After spending the afternoon at Cross and Bluebird Tea Room, we all agreed that the food served, the lovely, warm atmosphere, and our hosts were just wonderful!
We especially ejoyed the historic setting and the scones! The best we ever tasted! We will definetly come back again!

- Roberta V & Friends Jan 30th '14

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We invited our neigborhood friends and their husbands to the Holiday Candlelight Tea with singer John DuRant. I can't tell you how delighted we all were to be included in the singing of Christmas carols!
It was an evening of fun and festivity that we won't soon forget! The holiday meal was delicious, especially the mincemeat tarts and the holiday teas. Laurie's 'English Trifle' was a wonderful ending to the meal!
Well done to two wonderful and thoughtful hosts! One of the best Tearooms we have been to and we have traveled to many! A+

- Jennah Talbitt Jan 20th '14

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My Mother and I recently had the pleasure of having tea at the Cross and Bluebird Tea Shop. The food, the atmosphere, and the presentation were all top notch. Our host and hostess, Roger and Laurie. couldn't have been nicer. The tea selections were excellent and the food was all homemade and absolutely delicious!! Add to that, General and Mrs. Grant just happened to be there as well. Tea and history - a perfect afternoon!! I will definitely return and will highly recommend this lovely tea shop.

- Susan Zaleski Oct 22nd '13

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I had the privilege of visiting the Cross and Bluebird Tea Room today with my friends.
I have never enjoyed any tea room this much. The atmosphere, the service, the food, the overall experience was well worth the drive from Maryland. I would highly recommend this tea room to everyone!
With each course, there will be a smile and a memory!!!

- Carol G Aug 14th '13

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Having traveled from Michigan for the 150th in Gettysburg, we were dying to try out this tea room.
We found Roger and Laurie to be very welcoming and accomodating hosts.
Their combined knowledge of history and their attention to detail made this a most memorable visit.
We were expecting dainty little tea sandwiches and were pleasantly suprised by a full Tea Luncheon!
A deep-dish quiche with an herbed side salad, a chilled cucumber-dill soup served in green depression cups, peach cobbler scones with the best lemon curd we ever tasted, and a dark chocolate brownie truffle cheesecake for dessert. Who could imagine all this food for only $22.00? We were even given take out boxes for our extra scones!
We stayed longer than expected and were suprised to hear that they only ... (more)

- Rory and Cathleen Aug 14th '13

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Enjoyable afternoon tea with family at the historic Tate Farm. Loved the welcoming hospitality and the beautiful table settings. Assorted pots of hot tea and a delicious variety of abundant food completed the afternoon. We also enjoyed strolling the gardens and grounds which are decorated with whimsical and creative touches. Thank you!

- TakingTeaWithNancy Jul 21st '13

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Had a little trouble finding the place. It doesn't look like the picture - the trees and scrubs are much larger now...but...it was so worth the u-turn! The teas were quite good. When they tell you that you may want to save a scone to take home...do it. The rest of the meal is quite tasty and bountiful. I took quite a nice amount of food home. The dessert was picture-worthy. Will def go back again.

- Tammy Jun 17th '13

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Directions from RT. 15
Take the Hunterstown Exit.
(RT 394 E)
It is about one mile to Hunterstown.
1975 Shrivers Corner Road
Gettysburg, PA 17325
The Historic Tate Farm is
the YELLOW farm on the right
side of the road.
Plenty of parking is available.
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I had a wonderful birthday celebration here with my family and friends and we LOVED, LOVED, LOVED our experience. Everything was exceptional from beginning to end. The owners (Laurie and Roger) really create a beautiful atmosphere. You can see the love that they have shine through in their food..simply divine!! I even found myself enjoying a sandwich that had black olives in it and I HATE black olives!! We already booked a return trip.

- Tammy Z May 7th '13

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I want to go back tomorrow. Gloria and I drive up from Vienna,va and it was one of the best teas.roger and Laura over the moon nice.roger gave nice talk on area and then the wonderful super tea was served.planning to go back in fall with 18 friends if I can wait that long.i give this tea room a 10 plus,plus.thanks for great time and very special food..roger you did lovely job with your teas.mmmmm

- Shirley Jackson May 4th '13

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Having never been to the Cross and Bluebird Tea Room before, we drove up from Fairfax, VA to do some shopping at the outlets and then we went for Tea.
What a wonderful Tea experience we had! Starting with scones and tea, two kinds of scones were served with the best lemon curd we ever tasted! Roasted cauliflower & cheddar soup came topped with homemade croutons. A fresh tropical fruit salad was served in glass tea cups! Then came a tiered tray of tea sandwiches, some of which we had never tried before. As if we didn't have enough, we were served a lemon-blackberry roulade for dessert! Several teas were served, all very good, and hot.
We all agreed. The Cross and Bluebird Tea Room is our new favorite!
We will be back again - soon!

- Laree Jenkins Apr 29th '13

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We had a delightful visit to the Cross and Bluebird tea room for my Mom's 72nd birthday. The food was delicious and decadent, the service cheery, and the tea divine. Laurie and Roger even celebrated with us by singing 'happy birthday' complete with a candle on the scrumptious cheesecake! We will definitely return again.

- Cheryl and the birthday Mom! Mar 6th '13

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My friends and I love to spend an afternoon together enjoying tea at Cross and Bluebird. Laurie and Roger are wonderful hosts and Laurie prepares tea like none other. The atmosphere is calming and when you combine all theses things together it makes for an enjoyable tea experience. Cross and Bluebird is a tea room you don't want to miss out on.

- Anita Weaver and Friends Mar 4th '13

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Thanks so much for the wonderful Tea and the fun getting to know the ladies who gathered around the table.
Also for the delicious Tea, scones, salad, soup and dessert.
Seeing the Civil War artifacts which were excavated was also a treat.
Meeting the Editor of 'Tea Time' magazine was also very special.
It was a wonderful day!

Blessings,
Linda Cleveland, local historian


- Linda Cleveland Nov 28th '12



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