The United States is filled with treasures of every kind, from natural wonders to architectural inspirations; from scientific genius and discovery to institutions of great wisdom. But some of our greatest treasures are measured by the history they represent. The Ximenez-Fatio House Museum has the distinct honor to be a member of just such a collection of historic homes located all over the nation – over 60 homes in all! It is known as the Great American Treasures, a title that only scratches the surface of the elegance and local/regional historic importance that these houses represent. The stories they tell cannot be told anywhere else in the country, and they certainly cannot be told in the same manner that each of these historic homes bring to their landscape. The Ximenez-Fatio House Museum is one of the oldest homes in the GAT House program, at 222 years young. Very few non-stone homes can survive as long as ours, which makes it a very special jewel in the GAT House crown. But that does not diminish the significance of any of the other homes in this program. Please click on the link provided to visit the Great American Treasures website to find an historic home near you or your friends and loved ones across the nation. Yes, historic homes need our financial support, but homes were meant to be visited, walked through, and appreciated. Your visit to a GAT House museum will allow some local docent the honor of telling their story, and isn’t that what we’re all about – telling our stories? Please visit these grand old homes and let the caretakers know how much you appreciate what they are doing. I know it means the world to us here at the Ximenez-Fatio House when we hear such words of support and appreciation! Interested in learning more about the Great American Treasures? Click here to find out more!
With many of us staying close to home these days I think we’ve all felt a little more creative and have found ourselves experimenting with new recipes, household projects, or in my case, a lot more online shopping! Follow the wonderful Betsy along in her kitchen as she tests one of our delicious recipes from Dining with the Dames! Stop in the Fig Tree Gift Shop and pick up a copy of the cookbook or order online through our virtual shop. And, to help keep those online shopping expenses down, use coupon code DINING at checkout to receive a 20% off discount! Chocolate Chip Banana Bread 8 tablespoons of butter, softened 1 cup of sugar 2 large eggs, beaten 1 ½ cups of all-purpose sugar 1 teaspoon of baking soda ½ teaspoon of salt 1 cup of mashed bananas ½ cup of sour cream 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract ½ cup of chopped pecans 1 (6-ounce) bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips Author: Stefanie Kite Video: Betsy Towers
There are so many wonderful reasons why our on-site staff love working at the Ximenez-Fatio House Museum, but one near the very top of the list is being surrounded every day by our beautiful gardens. We have lush tropical plants such as many varieties of vibrant hibiscus, banana, pomelo and, our famous Seville oranges. In addition to our tropical plants we grow mint, rosemary, basil lemongrass and cuban oregano. And, to take our green thumbs a step further, we have propagated milkweed throughout the property to entice the local butterfly population to make their homes here. With all these beautiful flowers, we wanted to do something special and old-timey, so we experimented with flower pressing! Two of our Historical Interpreters, Ryan and Julia had some fun and put together the above video about the process and the very cool end result! Author: Stefanie Kite Video: Julia Delbecchi and Ryan Brennan