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Richmond - Hermitage Road Area

Wednesday April 22, 2015

10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Co-Hosted by the Council of Historic Richmond and the four GCV Clubs located in Richmond

The Hermitage Road Historic District, adjacent to Bryan Park, features an enclave of elegant country estates built between the late 1800s and early 1900s for Richmond’s wealthy and prominent families.  A stone monument lies at the northern end of the district, marking the outer ring of Civil War defenses for the city.  Stately homes on spacious grounds face a wide tree-lined boulevard, along which Richmond’s Lakeside Streetcar Line, constructed by Lewis Ginter, ran until 1929. Several buildings, including featured property Holly Lawn, are noteworthy as the work of prominent Richmond architect D. Wiley Anderson.  Built in 1901, Holly Lawn is one of the purest examples of Anderson’s Late Victorian architecture.  This walking tour features special events.  It is appropriate for both buses and groups, and is near Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, a restoration project of the Garden Club of Virginia using tour proceeds from past Historic Garden Week tours.  The Travel Channel recently named it one of the “Best Botanical Gardens” in the country.

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts garden and permanent galleries will be on the tour ticket Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. We encourage you to see the visiting Impressionistic exhibit (March 21-June21) ‘Van Gogh, Manet and Matisse: The Art of the Flower’. Cost $15 for adults, $12 seniors, $10 students and youth 7-17. VMFA members and children under 6 are free. Tickets can be purchased online at

Luncheon: Pre-ordered lunches will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the New Community School, click here for menu and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Marble Hall, by reservation only. Click here for menu and order form.

Advance Tickets: $40 pp through noon on Tuesday, April 21 at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (cash, check or charge), J. Taylor Hogan, Fraiche, The Shops at 5807, Greenhouse II, Libbie Market, Janet Brown Interiors, The Kellogg Collection, Ellwood Thompson Market, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Sneed’s Nursery, Williams & Sherrill, The Garden Place, Plow & Hearth, Tweed, and Strange’s, 12111 W. Broad Street (cash and check only).  No refunds. $45 pp the day of the tour, $15 pp for single site admission, available at any of the houses and headquarters.  Children younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Three Day Richmond Tour (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) discounted ticket $100.  Available online only at through noon Tuesday, April 21.

For more information, or to coordinate a special group visit, please contact Trudy Porter at


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