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85th Historic Garden Week

Garden Club of Virginia

Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 10:00 AM - Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 5:00 PM (EDT)

85th Historic Garden Week

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Single Statewide Pass, Saturday April 21 through Saturday April 28
Access to all 29 tours across the state of Virginia.
Ended $300.00 $15.99
Multiple Statewide Passes (2 minimum), Saturday April 21 through Saturday April 28
Access to all 29 tours across the state of Virginia.
Ended $250.00 $13.49
Albemarle, Sunday,April 22
Visitors will travel historic roads amid scenic vistas through part of picturesque Keswick Hunt country, situated in the Southwest Mountains Rural Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992 in recognition of its historical significance to the early settlement of Albemarle County. The district contains a broad range of 18th and 19th century architecture as well as 20th century estates, all evocative of grand, classically inspired manor homes reflective of its earlier history. Visitors will have access to five of Albemarle County’s finest private, historic properties, dating back to the Jefferson era. While in the Charlottesville area, enjoy restaurants featuring locally-sourced food, award-winning vineyards and craft breweries, as well as boutique shopping in the tour’s Marketplace. Tour: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Ended $40.00 $2.99
Alexandria (Old Town), Saturday April 21
Overlooking the Potomac River and within minutes of our nation’s capital, Alexandria was established in 1749. Rich in history, Alexandria was a major seaport prior to the Revolutionary War, occupied by Union troops during the Civil War, and a torpedo production site during World War II. In 1946, Old Town Alexandria was the third city in the country to create a historic district to preserve its downtown. It has more than 4,000 buildings with a historic designation. This walking tour includes 5 houses with gardens within the historic district and refreshments at nearby St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. A Marketplace at the Athenaeum, boutique shopping, and fine dining are just steps away. In addition, the tour ticket allows access to two Garden Club of Virginia restoration projects, George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens and Green Spring Gardens, and to other local properties of historic interest. Tour: 10am-4pm
Ended $45.00 $3.24
Ashland - New Kent, Saturday, April 21
Located within 30 minutes of both Richmond and Williamsburg, this driving tour along New Kent Highway includes 3 venues listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is co-hosted by The Ashland Garden Club and the Three Rivers Garden Club. Overlooking the Pamunkey River, Cumberland Plantation (c. 1662) sits on 3,000 acres of formal gardens, flowering fields and nature reserve. Nearby is Moss Side Plantation’s 216 acres of rolling meadows and farmland, plus a restored Civil War era house with a rear two-story dependency which housed kitchen and living quarters for servants. The original structure at Cedar Lane Plantation dates to 1826 and sits atop a hill with a long view of the surrounding farmland. It has recently undergone a complete historic restoration and is open to the public for the first time for Historic Garden Week. Also included in the tour is St. Peters Parish Church where George Washington wed Martha Custis in 1759. Special activities add to a full day in historic New Kent County. Tour: 10am - 5pm.
Ended $25.00 $2.24
Clarksville, Saturday, April 28
Clarksville, located on the banks of Buggs Island Lake, in Southside Virginia, is a peaceful small town with rich Native American and Colonial history. Today, it is known as a growing center for technology and gathering point for watersports and fishing tournaments. The Brunswick Garden Club tour features contemporary homes and gardens, historic district homes, Occoneechee State Park, and Prestwould Plantation. Lunch is available at a local church, or at several area restaurants. Tour: 10 am - 5 pm.
3d 11h 10m $25.00 $2.24
Combo Ticket: 2-day event 4/24th Williamsburg and 4/25th Hampton-Newport News
Tuesday tour Williamsburg and Wednesday tour Hampton-Newport News
Ended $60.00 $3.99
Combo Ticket: 3-day event 4/24 Williamsburg, 4/25 Hampton-Newport News & 4/26 Norfolk
4/24th Tuesday tour Williamsburg, 4/25th Wednesday tour Hampton-Newport News and 4/26th Thursday tour Norfolk
Ended $85.00 $5.24
Combo Ticket: Va Beach 4/25 & Norfolk 4/26
Tour Virginia Beach on Wednesday and tour Norfolk on Thursday.
11h 10m $55.00 $3.74
Eastern Shore,Saturday April 28
Settled just a few years after Capt. John Smith landed at Jamestown in 1607, the Eastern Shore of Virginia is a narrow peninsula situated between the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Six properties within close proximity to each other, including Eyre Hall, and is focused on the community of Cape Charles. The Eastern Shore lies between two marvels: a link to the mainland by one of the longest bridge-tunnels in the world to the south, and a link to outer space via a NASA rocket pad to the north. In between is a land known for the warmth of its residents, the serenity of its waterfronts, the richness of its land and, most especially, the charm of its homes – exemplifying the fine maritime, railway and agricultural heritage of the Eastern Shore. Tickets on Tour Day will only be sold at: Tour Headquarters: 2 Bahamas Road Cape Charles, VA 23310 & Eyre Hall: 3215 Eyre Hall Drive, Cheriton, VA 23316 Tour: 9:30 am - 5pm. Please visit Tour Headquarters first, day of the tour.
3d 11h 10m $40.00 $2.99
Fairfax (Great Falls, Vienna & McLean), Tuesday, April 24th
Experience 250 years of history in the once agricultural hills of northern Fairfax County. Near the picturesque village of Great Falls is a home built in 1750 as a hunting lodge for Lord Fairfax, for whom the county is named. Stroll through a quilt garden designed by the current owner and enjoy carefully tended fruit and vegetable gardens and landscaped vistas. In the historic town of Vienna, explore an 1892 home built on the grounds of the Grange Camp and a charming cottage designed for a couple to retire-in-place. A transitional executive home with a waterfall garden is showcased in nearby McLean. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna is tour headquarters and admission is included with the tour ticket. Tour: 10 am - 4 pm.
Ended $40.00 $2.99
Fredericksburg, Tuesday, April 24th
Situated four miles from historic Fredericksburg in Spotsylvania County and nestled along the Rappahannock River, lies Smithfield Plantation and its surrounding neighborhoods, North Club and Country Club Estates. Present day Smithfield was built in 1821, after the original structure burned, and was part of a 5,000 acre land grant made in 1671. Now part of the Fredericksburg Country Club, it serves as a clubhouse and is surrounded by an 18 hole golf course and beautiful custom homes. In addition to Smithfield, this suburban tour includes 6 private homes, some of which overlook the pristine golf course grounds. Enjoy nearby historic downtown Fredericksburg with its charming boutiques, art galleries, museums, restaurants and B&B’s, all located minutes from the tour route. Tour: 10 am - 5 pm.
Ended $35.00 $2.74
Hampton-Newport News, Wednesday, April 25th
Houses with history along Hampton’s waters beckon guests to the Hampton-Newport News tour. Hampton University celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2018; and the school’s 1828-built Mansion House, presiding over Hampton River, is the oldest home on tour. Two private homes on the banks of the Hampton Roads overlook the site of the Monitor-Merrimac ironclad battle, and two homes beside Sunset Creek are located where American troops camped during the War of 1812. In all, five 5 properties along Hampton’s historic water’s edge are showcased. Tour: 10 am - 5 pm.
11h 10m $30.00 $2.49
Harrisonburg, Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Anchored by Lake Shenandoah with extensive views of the Massanutten Mountain Range, Lake Pointe Village is located a few miles east of Harrisonburg in Rockingham County. The community includes single family homes and luxury duplexes. Tour properties showcase architecture, gardens, antiques and art work. During the day, complimentary seminars held in the nearby Izaac Walton League building include a program on restoration of antiques by local artisan Ray Pine who has done restorations for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Sessions on flower arranging will be offered as well. Refreshments served at the White Oak Lavender Farm and the Purple WOLF Vineyard make for a full day in the Blue Ridge. Tour: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.
11h 10m $25.00 $2.24
COMBO Ticket :James River Plantations (Berkeley, Shirley and Westover) Sunday 4/22-Tuesday 4/24
Open together especially for Historic Garden Week, the most well-known James River Plantations and a church that dates back to the 1630s celebrate its 84th anniversary on three consecutive days. A special combo ticket allows access to the extensive grounds, numerous outbuildings and interiors of three sites. All are located along scenic Route 5 in Charles City between Richmond and Williamsburg. In addition, lunch is offered at Westover Episcopal Church, which is also open for touring. Berkeley, Shirley and Westover Plantations are Virginia and National Historic Landmarks, working plantations, private family homes and living links to our country’s past. VIEW ALL TOURS Tour: 10 am - 4:30 pm.
Ended $45.00 $3.24
James River Plantation: Berkeley Plantation
This is a single site ticket for Berkeley location ONLY which is located at 12602 Harrison Landing Road. Please note this ticket may only be used for ONE DAY at this location. You may choose to use your ticket one EITHER Sunday, April 22nd/Monday, April 23rd OR Tuesday, April 24th.
Ended $20.00 $1.99
James River Plantation: Shirley Plantation   more info Ended $20.00 $1.99
James River Plantation: Westover Plantation   more info Ended $20.00 $1.99
Lynchburg, Tuesday, April 24th
This tour features 5 private homes and gardens, dating from 1870 to 1950. The diverse architecture and history of each property is integrated with the current homeowners’ renovation and design. Notable garden features including a variety of porches, terraces, trellises, a folly and a potager are highlights of this driving and walking tour. Two of the featured properties are located in Lynchburg’s historic districts, while 3 are nearby, in the charming and gracious neighborhoods of Boonsboro. Tour: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Ended $25.00 $2.24
Martinsville, Wednesday, April 25th
Roads in foothills communities like Martinsville and Henry County tend to gently wind to the end following nature’s path. “The Long Winding Road” tour features the homes of those who created a dynamic local economy while establishing a tradition of welcoming hospitality to neighbors and out-of-town guests. Stretching out from the Martinsville city center, subsequent generations established their own new roots with homes that reflected a variety of architectural styles and landscaping. In addition to homes and their gardens, there will be an opportunity to visit the newly created Paw Path Pollinator Garden at the Smith River Sports Complex. Tour: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm.
11h 10m $15.00 $1.74
Middle Peninsula, Friday, April 27th
Enjoy a relaxing stroll down the cherry and pear tree lined streets in West Point, a quaint waterfront village on the Middle Peninsula. Tour properties showcase Victorian architecture and a contemporary environmentally “green” house , as well as spectacular views of three rivers. Located just 40 miles east of Richmond, West Point, founded by Captain John West in 1658, is nestled where the Pamunkey and Mattaponi Rivers form the York River. By the late 1800s the town had become a fashionable vacation spot with a large hotel overlooking the rivers. Steam boats from Baltimore brought goods and tourists to its ports while railroads connected it to Richmond. Tour: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.
2d 11h 10m $25.00 $2.24
Middleburg, Sunday, April 22nd or Monday, April 23rd
The Virginia Hunt Country, nestled in the rolling hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains just west of historic Middleburg, is the location of this year’s tour featuring four spectacular properties in Upperville and Paris. From an iconic Federal period mansion, to a French stone farmhouse, visitors will be delighted by the diversity of these grand estates and landscapes that celebrate the open spaces of Virginia’s Piedmont. The National Sporting Library and Museum, housing world-class collections and exhibitions of fine animal and sporting art, enhances your tour in the heart of hunt country, an area also filled with unique shops and quaint restaurants. Please note: this ticket can be used for either Sunday or Monday, but not both. Tour: Sunday, April 22nd from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM OR Tour: Monday, April 23rd from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Ended $40.00 $2.99
Morven in Albemarle County, Saturday, April 21, 2018
Weather permitting, Morven Estate House and Gardens will be open on Saturday, April 21st from 10-5pm. Morven was a charter property open for the first Historic Garden Week in Virginia in 1929, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and on the Virginia Landmarks Register. Please note: In case of rain and/or wet conditions, the Morven tour may be canceled due to difficult parking conditions. Tickets are not refundable.
Ended $15.00 $1.74
Norfolk, Thursday, April 26th
Built in 1908 by William and Florence Sloan as a summer home, the Hermitage as they called it, has evolved into a nationally renowned museum and a community treasure. Located in the picturesque neighborhood of Lochhaven and surrounded on three sides by the Lafayette River, the Hermitage is celebrated for its history and art collections, as well as home to numerous cultural and social events throughout the year. Join us for a stroll along the waterfront and a tour of stunning homes and gardens that surround this local landmark. Visitors will enjoy the area’s many other gems such as the Virginia Zoological Park, the Chrysler Museum and the Norfolk Botanical Gardens. Tour: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.
1d 11h 10m $30.00 $2.49
Northern Neck-Richmond County, Wednesday, April 25th
Step back in time to journey into the future. Richmond County is known as the gateway to the Northern Neck of Virginia. Located on a peninsula surrounded by waters of the Rappahannock and Potomac Rivers, both leading to the Chesapeake Bay, the history of the county dates back 300 years. This tour of 5 private properties starts at Menokin c. 1769. Visitors will appreciate an innovative restoration that blends 21st century techniques with 18th century materials. Tour: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.
11h 10m $25.00 $2.24
Orange County, Saturday, April 21st
Three hundred years of architecture will come to life on this tour through the stunning countryside of Orange County. Visitors will appreciate the evolving tastes and styles of the tour’s highlights - a 1720s farmhouse, elegant in its simplicity, a fancy Victorian painted lady, and a 20th century stately brick home. History blends with friendliness and hospitality on this driving tour of private homes and gardens in Virginia’s Piedmont. Tour: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Ended $30.00 $2.49
Petersburg-Dinwiddie County, Tuesday, April 24th
Visit Petersburg and neighboring Dinwiddie County on this driving tour to discover the hidden treasures tucked just beyond the main road. The tour showcases houses built in the 18th and 19th centuries. Visit Centre Hill Mansion Museum where segments of the PBS series Mercy Street was filmed, enjoy a Federal townhouse and its secluded gardens, travel down Historic Route 1 and explore pre-Civil War plantations, farms, and homes in Dinwiddie County. Walk where the Armies of the North and South were engaged in the final conflicts of the Civil War. Tour: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Ended $30.00 $2.49
Richmond: Seminary, Wednesday, April 25th
Located in the Ginter Park Historic District ,this turn-of-the-century residential neighborhood located in Richmond’s northside is characterized by wide divided boulevards running north and south, and large residential lots. The institutional anchor located in the center of the neighborhood is Union Presbyterian Seminary, built in 1898. This easily walkable Wednesday tour will feature homes in the immediate blocks North and South of the Seminary. Seminary Avenue offers a surprising variation of architectural styles, ranging from modest Queen Anne cottages to stately Colonial Revival mansions. Formal, tree-lined streets and sidewalks are found throughout the district and were part of the initial community planning begun by Major Lewis Ginter in the 1890s. Tour: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm.
11h 10m $45.00 $3.24
Richmond: Mooreland Farms, Thursday, April 26th
Mooreland Farms’ first home was built in 1947; a post-war era not typically defined by large-scale homes. Developer Eugene West had a vision for this farmland along the James River in the “far west” countryside of Richmond. He built predominantly brick, colonial-style homes in Old Mooreland Farms featuring large rooms, oversized windows, and screened porches. Over the last seventy years, it has evolved into a family-friendly setting of beautiful homes, mature trees and stunning landscape designs. This tour marks the first time this graceful neighborhood will be showcased during Historic Garden Week. Tour: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm.
1d 11h 10m $45.00 $3.24
Richmond: Westmoreland Place, Friday, April 27th
Built around World War I, Westmoreland Place offers some of the city’s earliest and most intriguing architecturally-designed houses. From the classic 17th century English style Georgian homes to the Mediterranean-inspired villas, Westmoreland Place has the look and feel of Old World Europe. Beginning in 1915 there was a demand for residential construction that drove developers west. With renowned architectural firms like Noland & Baskervill, the area showcases the intersection of landscape and architecture, with close proximity to Downtown Richmond. Tour: 10: 00 am - 4:30 pm.
2d 11h 10m $45.00 $3.24
Richmond 3-day Combo Ticket (4/25,4/26,4/27) 11h 10m $120.00 $6.99
Roanoke, Saturday, April 28th
One of the city's oldest neighborhoods, South Roanoke, is on the edge of an exciting future and is showcased this year. The area is now home to Virginia Tech’s Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute. Attracting cutting-edge scientists from around the world, it has revitalized Roanoke with new eateries, craft breweries and outdoor activities. The private homes and gardens featured enjoy easy access to paddle boarding and kayaking on the Roanoke River. A new 25 mile riverside greenway offers an opportunity for a leisurely stroll nearby, and Mill Mountain's hiking and biking trails are minutes away. Downtown's lively scene and the Taubman Museum are a quick trolley ride away from the tour area, giving visitors the perfect excuse to visit for the weekend. Tour: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.
3d 11h 10m $25.00 $2.24
Smith Mountain Lake, Friday April 27
This tour tour showcases three private homes and gardens located in the Water’s Edge community. With 13 miles of shoreline and more than 700 acres of land, this continues to be one of Smith Mountain Lake’s most scenic developments since its inception in 1986. The man-made lake was completed in 1966 and boasts 500 miles of shoreline in three counties. Areas covered by the reservoir were primarily rural farmland. Each home is unique, offering magnificent lake and garden views. The Water’s Edge Country Club, named one of Golf Digest’s five best golf courses in the country, is available as a lunch venue. The tour is hosted by the Chatham, Danville, and Gabriella Clubs. Tour: 10am - 5pm.
2d 11h 10m $25.00 $2.24
Staunton-Augusta County, Saturday, April 21, 2018
Spend a day meandering through the fields and farms of Middlebrook. Located just ten miles southwest of downtown Staunton, visitors will discover one of the best preserved rural villages in Augusta County. This driving tour, jointly hosted by the Augusta Garden Club and the Blue Ridge Garden Club, celebrates the enduring charm of country living in the Shenandoah Valley. From the historic buildings of Sugar Loaf Farms to a folk artist's abode and studio, the tour highlights the beauty and diversity of country living today. Queen City Plein Air Festival artists will be painting in the gardens of the homes on the morning of the tour. Tour: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Ended $25.00 $2.24
Suffolk, Saturday, April 21st
Explore the village of Eclipse surrounded by the Chuckatuck and Bleakhorn Creeks, and the Nansemond and James Rivers, an area known for oystering, fishing, farming and boatbuilding. By 1691, the Chuckatuck Creek was an important port used for trading by the English and the West Indies company. The waterways were important thoroughfares, and from their banks settlers witnessed: Lord Dunmore’s bombing of Norfolk in 1775, the British assault on Craney Island in 1812, and the battle of the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia (Merrimac) during the Civil War. A nearby Nansemond Indian settlement is in the process of being restored. Visitors will appreciate the history and culture of the area, and enjoy access to unique and diverse private homes surrounded by nationally recognized gardens. Tour: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Ended $30.00 $2.49
Virginia Beach, Wednesday, April 25th
Great Neck Point has always been desirable real estate. The Chesapean Indians built one of their largest permanent encampments on the land protected by Long Creek on the north and the Lynnhaven River on the west and south. Although the first English colonists sampled the famed Lynnhaven oyster in 1607, they inexplicably sailed on. The Virginia Beach tour features Great Neck Point from its oldest home, built in the early 18th century, to its most dramatic contemporary. Everywhere are views of the Lynnhaven, the large tidal estuary that helps define northern Virginia Beach and one of its most beautiful waterfront neighborhoods. Tour: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm.
11h 10m $30.00 $2.49
Winchester-Clarke County, Saturday 4/21
Situated in rolling farmland, 4 tour properties highlight Clarke County’s natural attributes and provide a contrast of architectural styles and elements. Whether it is from a 435-foot bluff above the Shenandoah, or looking across the expansive pastures towards the Blue Ridge Mountains, each home reflects a visionary outlook. Through renovation or innovation, whether traditional or progressive, each home brings a renewed perspective to living in this beautiful section of Northern Virginia. Highlights include fox-country views, an outdoor ballroom and an award-winning garden. Tour is headquartered at Blandy Experimental Farm, the State Arboretum and a restoration project of the Garden Club of Virginia. Tour: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Ended $30.00 $2.49

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If online ticketing for the tour you are interested has concluded online, you may still buy day-of tickets.

Please visit our website: for specific ticketing information regarding the tour you are interested. Ticketing information is also available for each tour in our Historic Garden Week Guidebook which is also available online at our website.

Each spring visitors are welcomed to more than 250 of Virginia's most beautiful gardens, homes and historic landmarks during "America's Largest Open House." This 8-day statewide event provides visitors a unique opportunity to see unforgettable gardens at the peak of Virginia's springtime color, as well as beautiful homes sparkling with over 2,000 fabulous flower arrangements created by Garden Club of Virginia members.

Tour proceeds fund the restoration and preservation of Virginia's historic gardens. To view the almost fifty properties that have benefitted from Historic Garden Week tour proceeds click here.

**Ticket(s) are emailed to you as a PDF attachment from Please PRINT and bring your ticket(s) to the Tour Headquarters or event entrance. Tickets are attached as PDFs and need to be downloaded and printed. Tickets will not be mailed via postal service as they are attached to this confirmation e-mail.

If you ordered a Historic Garden Week in Virgina Guidebook, it will be mailed to the shipping address you provided.

No pets. No smoking. Tours occur rain or shine. No Refunds. 

*The fee is a convenience fee charged to cover credit card processing costs and Eventbrite's services which allow us to offer online ticket sales. This insures that 100% of proceeds benefit the restoration and preservation of Virginia's historic gardens. 




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Each tour has different transportation and parking options. Visit, click on Tour Schedule and click on the tour you are attending for a description of the tour and other information. Or pick a copy of the guidebook (offered for free around the state at local businesses, visitor centers, and AAA's), read the guidebook online here for detailed information about each tour, order a guidebook above at the top of the ticket options, or send a $10 check (shipping and handling) for your own copy to: 

The Garden Club of Virginia

c/o Historic Garden Week

12 East Franklin Street

Richmond, VA 23219


Where can I contact the organizer with any questions? 

(804) 644-7776


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What is the refund policy?

No refunds. This event is rain or shine. 


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Historic Garden Week Headquarters (Tours in various cities/counties in VA)
12 East Franklin Street
Richmond, VA 23219

Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 10:00 AM - Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 5:00 PM (EDT)

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