My name is Cona Butvin. My husband, Joe and I are long time residents of Strongsville, Ohio, having moved here in 1978. We have always had an interest in history, which is why it came to no surprise when, in 1998, we decided to purchase two historic properties on Mill Hollow Lane … an 1880 schoolhouse and an 1891 home, which was Strongsville’s 1st lending library. We lived in the ‘library’ house for several years while we renovated the schoolhouse, which later became our home.
We then acquired a wonderful 1830 farmhouse located on the same street as our properties, which was the home of Strongsville’s first blacksmith. Feeling that this beautiful historic home should be shared with the community and its surrounding communities, we decided to convert it into what has now become Miss Hickory’s Tea Room.
Miss Hickory’s Tea Room welcomes its patrons back to the ‘turn-of-the-century.’ They will be greeted by our hostesses who will be dressed in early 1900s attire. When one enters the tea room, they will feel as though they’ve stepped back in time … to a peaceful, more relaxing time. They will sit back and enjoy the surroundings while sipping a nice hot cup of tea.