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Newtown in K&Q to be featured on April 28 Garden Week house tour


Using the Chiskiack Trail in King and Queen County during the Powhatan Confederacy, a Colonial traveler could go from Williamsburg to Philadelphia. The Colonists called it the great Post Road or the King’s Highway. In the western part of the county was an intersection called the Great Cross Roads, which is presently known as Newtown after the name of the home of Captain John Richards. Visitors are charmed by this town, which has retained most of its mid-19th century character.

The Garden Club of the Middle Peninsula will host its annual Virginia Garden Week tour from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday, April 28. The tour will feature four homes and the old post office, which was also the general store, in the village of Newtown. Old quilts from King and Queen County and the surrounding area will be on display at the post office on the day of the tour. Newtown is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Tour tickets are $30 per person; $15 for children ages 6 to 11; and children age 5 and under will be admitted free. The per site ticket cost is $15. Tickets will be available on day of tour at any of the four houses. Passes and e-tickets can be picked up at any of the four houses.

Advance tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at

Advance tickets also are available by mail before April 23 by sending a check payable to the Garden Club of the Middle Peninsula along with a self-addressed, stamped, legal-sized envelope to Kelly Gwathmey at 6357 W. River Road, Aylett, VA 23009.

posted 04.19.2017

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