In "Letters To Gertrude," Mary Mendenhall Hobbs described how she entertained guests in Arcadia, the home built in 1910 by Mary and Louis Lyndon Hobbs, the first president of Guilford College.
On March 6, 1911, she wrote, “On Fourth day evening, we had the Literary Society over here. I served chocolate and wafers, nuts and raisins. Rachel made the chocolate which we served in large cups…On Sixth day evening, I gave a dinner to the German Club, and that required a good deal of work. We had six courses, beginning with cherries in grapefruit and including turkey. We had much conversation and a good time.”
The next day she wrote again, “This afternoon in all the rain and sleet, 16 of the college girls came to one of my afternoon teas…I had big open fires in the library and in the reception room. Some of the girls played the piano, sang songs, and we all talked. I served tea and wafers and, afterward, I showed them over the house. I am going to have an afternoon tea every week until I entertain all the girls in the college.”
The North Carolina Friends Historical Society Newsletter, Spring 2003 Edition No. 13 states, “This reminds us of her great mission to assure a good education for young women at Guilford, her establishment of the Girls Aid Committee of North Carolina Yearly Meeting, and the construction of historic Mary Hobbs Hall.”
As our Sales and Marketing team looks forward to moving into the Arcadia House, it is in the same spirit of hospitality that we desire to entertain guests, as Mary Hobbs did, for the purpose of carrying out our mission: “Guided by Quaker principles, Friends Homes offers an environment which encourages independence and a sense of wholeness, wellness and security, at reasonable cost, so that each resident may live a fulfilling life.” We will host
“Lunch and Learn” events, as well as other gatherings for future residents of Friends Homes. Each room in the house will be designated for a specific purpose, but collectively, these rooms will be used to help further our mission.
The forecast is to have Arcadia House renovations completed by February. Susan Brewer, Director of Sales and Marketing, states that once the sales and marketing team gets moved in and settled, an open house will be planned.