Mathews homes featured on this year’s Garden Week tour

- Posted on Apr 24, 2013 - 02:15 PM

Three Mathews County homes will open their doors, and the beautified grounds of another estate will welcome visitors, as the local segment of Historic Garden Week in Virginia returns on Saturday.

The all-Mathews tour is sponsored by the Garden Club of Gloucester, whose participation in Garden Week reaches to the event’s origins in 1930.

Full details of this year’s attractions are given in Section C of the print edition of the paper this week.

Tour attractions are Buckley Hall, Magnolia, Springdale, and the gardens at Samarkand. The tour headquarters will be found at Edge Hill House at the intersection of Routes 14 and 17 in Gloucester Court House.

In addition, a number of attractions in Gloucester and Mathews will welcome visitors who choose to extend their exploration of the counties.

In Mathews, these will include Williams Wharf Landing, where the sailing ship Godspeed from Jamestown will be docked and where lunch will be available; Christ Episcopal Church, Bay School Community Arts Center, Mathews Art Gallery, Mathews Maritime Museum, the Gwynn’s Island Museum, and Tompkins Cottage.

Gloucester historic sites and attractions open for tour will include Edge Hill House, Zion Poplars Baptist Church, Rosewell, Walter Reed’s Birthplace, Brent and Becky’s Bulbs teaching garden, Arts on Main, Gloucester Museum of History, Gloucester’s court circle, Nuttall’s Store, Ware and Abingdon Episcopal churches.