Annual Garden Week to showcase Reedville
Historic Garden Week will invite a new generation of guests April 22 to discover Reedville, a national and Virginia Historic Landmark.
Reedville has twice been featured before, in 1971 and 1980. The 2009 walking tour of the town will include new features and allow returning visitors to see how the small community continues to change, develop and enhance the riches of its history.
The most significant change in the town since its last appearance on the tour must be the advent of the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum in 1988. With its collection of artifacts, pictures, local lore and traditions, the museum has become the center of community life, said tour spokeswoman Susan Lindsey.
All the major events of the year are organized by the Greater Reedville Association, the museum’s parent organization, and many visitors to the area know Reedville through its many workshops, the annual Oyster Roast, seasonal parties, the Antique Boat Show and nautical sales.
The museum will be an integral part of the tour; part of the proceeds will support its activities. Also on the tour will be the newly refurbished Walker House, Reedville’s oldest home, and the antique boats at the dock, the model shop featuring the extensive model train layout of “The Railway that Never Was,” the Northern Neck’s never-built transportation dream.
A quartet of houses at the far end of Main Street will be the hub of the tour: The Gables, the Morris House, the Reed House and the Bailey-Cockrell House.
A new feature will be the Captain J. Henry Haynie House, further up Main Street, which has recently undergone a seven-year renovation. The result is a home that demonstrates the way these historic houses continue to express the personalities of their owners.
Festival Halle, at the west end of Reedville’s Main Street, will serve as the information center April 22 and will also be the site of an art show and sale. Tickets for the tour are $25 in advance and $30 on the day of; children ages 6 to 12 are half price.
Tickets can be purchased by mail until April 15 from Mrs. P. Kimball, P.O. Box 215, Reedville, VA 22539. Checks should be made to the Garden Club of the Northern Neck. Tickets also will be available until April 21 at The Box in White Stone, The Dandelion in Irvington, The Pedestal in Kilmarnock, Wildest Dreams in Burgess, Material Girl Quilt Shop in Reedville, the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum and Colonial Collectibles in Warsaw. For internet tickets, visit http://www.VAGardenweek.org.
This will be the 76th annual Historic Garden Week sponsored by the Garden Club of Virginia. Tours benefit the restoration of historic gardens and landmarks throughout the Commonwealth. In the Northern Neck, the gardens of Stratford Hall and Christ Church have received funding generated by the event.