Friday April 24, 2015
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Hosted by the Garden Club of the Middle Peninsula
In 1607 Captain John Smith first visited Essex County describing the area as “excellent, pleasant, fertile, and goodly navigable.” Essex County has a history rich in planting, crabbing, fishing and oystering. This year's tour of the Middle Peninsula features five homes, each set within the unspoiled scenic rural beauty of the Rappahannock River Valley. Visitors will have access to five 18th-century homes of Tidewater architecture offering a glimpse into the lives of colonial planters and patriots. On tour are restored outbuildings bordered by flower gardens and old native trees and shrubs. In addition, three homes will be open for the first time, including a coastal style waterfront home with elegant furnishings and an 18th-century saltbox. Weather permitting, Plein Air artists will be painting at each site.
Advance Tickets: $25 pp. www.vagardenweek.org or send a check by April 15 payable to the Garden Club of the Middle Peninsula with a self-addressed, stamped legal sized envelope to Kelly Gwathmey, 6357 W. River Road, Aylett, VA 23009. (804) 769-2601. Available locally and by mail before April 15 at the following locations: Lowery's Restaurant and The Crying Shame in Tappahannock, Divin' Off the Dock in West Point, Cyndy's Bynn in Urbanna, and The Wild Bunch in Kilmarnock.