Origin-ali-Tea  LbNA # 9842 (ARCHIVED)

Placed DateAug 5 2004
LocationAlpharetta, GA
Found By SoccerMom
Last Found Nov 19 2006
Hike Distance?


The Origins

According to Chinese legend, tea was discovered by emperor Shen Nung in 2737 B.C.E. While boiling water one morning, leaves from a nearby plant fell into the pot. He liked the taste and discovered that not only did this new infusion of herbs quench thirst, but also reduced the need for sleep and cheered the heart. He continued to drink what we now know as tea, and shared the beverage with others.

Afternoon Tea

It is said that Anna, the Duchess of Bedford (1788-1861) started the lasting tradition of afternoon tea after experiencing a "sinking feeling" in the late afternoon due to the long period between meals. She asked her lady's maid to have the cook make her a pot of tea and some bread, butter and jam. She enjoyed this time so much that she began sending cards to her friends asking them to join her for tea. The menu centered around small cakes, bread and butter sandwiches, assorted sweets, and, of course, tea. The practice of inviting friends to come for tea in the afternoon was quickly picked up by other social hostesses.

Beginning in the late 1880's in both America and England, fine hotels began to offer tea service in tea rooms and tea courts. Served in the late afternoon, Victorian ladies (and their gentlemen friends) could meet for tea and conversation.

Care to see a tea plant(Camellia sinensis)? Follow me...

Difficulty: very easy


Newtown Park, Alpharetta at the Old Alabama Road entrance across from the fire station. Drive straight through, past the stop sign, to the playground on your right. With the playground in front of you, walk down the path to the left, past picnic shelter 1C.

When you see the fountain, turn right at picnic shelter 1D and proceed down the path to the right. Past shelter 2C and before the 3rd bench, there is a faint path to the left marked with a soccer-ball sized rock. (Reminder-I have girlie steps.) Walk about 20 steps down the path toward the black chain-link fence. Turn left (toward 110*) and take 9 steps toward a tree with a large flat rock at its base. Turn left again, and 3-4 steps in front of you is another rock. The treasure you seek lies beneath. Ink provided, but bring a pen. Be stealthy and have fun!