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Garden Week tour of Mathews is April 27

“Godspeed” anchored at Williams Wharf in Mathews.

The Garden Club of Gloucester will celebrate the 80th anniversary of Historic Garden Week in Virginia with a history-packed house tour from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, April 27. Four unique homes and one stunning garden, all in Mathews County, will be open this year.

In a special addition to the day, the sailing ship “Godspeed” will be docked and open for tours at Williams Wharf on Route 614 in Mathews, where lunch also will be available for purchase. Godspeed is a recreation of one of the three ships that brought the first English colonists to Virginia in 1607, and comes to the East River in Mathews by arrangement of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation and the Mathews Land Conservancy.

The tour, titled the “Timeless Treasures of Mathews,” features a house from each of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, and a garden from the 20th. Magnolia, on the East River, dates from the late 1600s; Springdale, on Put-In Creek, from 1735; Buckley Hall, in Mathews Court House, from the 1850s; and the gardens at Samarkand, on Woodas Creek, have been created over the last 15 years on the site of early 20th century gardens.

Tickets on the day of the tour are $30 for the full tour and $15 for one house. Tickets for children ages 6-12 are $12, and children under age 5 are admitted free.
Tickets and maps are available at all homes and gardens on the tour, and at the tour headquarters—Edge Hill House on the corner of Main Street and Route 14 in Gloucester.

Lunch at Williams Wharf Landing will be available by advance reservation. Call 725-9685.

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posted 04.17.2013

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