Historic Garden Week 2019
Middle Peninsula-Essex County
Friday, May 3, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Take a rural drive back into history down Route 17 South in Lower Essex County. Named for Essex County England, Essex County Virginia was formed in 1691 and is the site of numerous historical homes that have survived the ravages of time and war. Many of these homes, often referred to as Tidewater South, share common architectural features: gabled roofs, dormer windows, and a large chimney at either end. Four of the houses on tour are examples of Tidewater South Preservation and date to the 18th century. Visit a fifth house, which is a reconstructed farm house, featuring original fireplace and mantel, barn wood floors, and river views.
Tour Headquarters: Rappahannock Christian Church, 339 Dunnsville Rd., Dunnsville, VA 22454
Tickets: $35 pp. Tickets available on tour day at Headquarters only. Passes and online tickets must be redeemed at Headquarters.
Advance Tickets: $30 pp. www.vagardenweek.org/main/tourdetails?id=423. Available by mail before April 25 by sending a check payable to The Garden Club of the Middle Peninsula along with a self-addressed, stamped (2 stamps) legal-sized envelope to Mrs. Kelly Gwathmey, 6357 W. River Rd., Aylett, VA, 23009. If ordering more than two tickets, an additional stamped, self-addressed envelope is required.
Light refreshments will be served in Rappahannock Christian Church parish hall from 2 to 4 p.m.
Facilities: Available at Rappahannock Christian Church, Aspen Grove, and Riverside.
A marketplace of regional vendors at Rappahannock Christian Church. It will feature jewelry, crafts, and plants.
Directions to tour area: Dunnsville is located on Rt. 17, 5 miles south of Tappahannock. It will be clearly marked. Parking is available at each tour location.
The Garden Club of the Middle Peninsula
Julie Strock (540) 498 7549
(804) 443 4404
Group Bus Chairman
Kelly Gwathmey (804) 769 2601
Places of Interest: Essex County Museum and Historical Society. 218 Water Ln., Tappahannock, VA 22560
Tappahannock Artist Guild, 200 Prince St., Tappahannock, VA 22560
St. John’s Episcopal Church, 216 Duke St., Tappahannock, VA 22560
Essex County Courthouse, 305 Prince St., Tappahannock, VA 22560
All are located within walking distance of each other.
Rappahannock Christian Church
To view past historic garden week house tours, click on the links below.