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Four properties on Garden Week tour

Four properties, including one of the earliest domestic structures in the United States that has been continually inhabited since 1652, will be showcased Saturday as the Gloucester-Mathews tour of Historic Garden Week in Virginia returns after a year’s absence.

The 2020 tour was one of the first of many events that were canceled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hours are 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. This year’s tour includes two homes in Gloucester—Toddsbury (whose original brick house dates from 1658) and Cherokee; and two in Mathews—Weston Hall and Palace Green). Ware Episcopal Church will serve as tour headquarters.

For more than 88 years, Historic Garden Week has been sponsored by the Garden Club of Virginia. Locally, the tour is sponsored by the Garden Club of Gloucester.

The pandemic has caused some changes this year, including the presale of all tickets, which have since sold out, according to local chair Lynne Manning.

Last year’s statewide cancellation was only the...

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