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Places of interest in Gloucester and Mathews that are open to visitors during Garden Week

Chesapeake Bay-Friendly Teaching Gardens at Brent and Becky’s Bulbs, 7900 Daffodil Lane, Gloucester, Va. 23061. This 8+ acre garden contains more than 20 themed “rooms” to demonstrate gardening that honors the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. 804-693-3966 or

Tompkins Cottage, Brickbat Road, Mathews. This c. 1815 cottage stands as one of the oldest structures in the Court House. In 1837, it was purchased for use as a storehouse by Christopher Tompkins, father of Sally Tompkins, CSA, the first female commissioned officer in the Confederate Army. Open 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

New Point Comfort Lighthouse, Bavon. This structure, commissioned by Thomas Jefferson, sits off the southernmost tip of Mathews County and stands 55 ft. tall. It is the third oldest surviving light in the Chesapeake Bay. 804-725-7182 or

Gloucester Historic Court Circle, 6509 Main Street, Gloucester. The brick-walled circle of historic buildings is the olde...

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