“America’s Largest Open House” is entering its 77th year of showing off the best of Virginia’s gardens and homes. Stretching from the Eastern Shore to the Allegheny Mountains, Historic Garden Week in Virginia runs from April 17th through the 21st, and highlights historic gardens, herb gardens, cottage gardens, and even a few “secret” gardens.
Of special interest are the James River Plantations, of which Berkeley, Brandon, Chippokes, Shirley, Tuckahoe, Weston, and Westover will be featured. At these historic locations you’ll hear fantastic stories of our presidents, like Thomas Jefferson (Tuckahoe) and William Henry Harrison (Berkeley), as well as stories about the founding of America. One of Virginia’s oldest and grandest plantations is Westover. The grounds are as impressive as the home itself, boasting 150-year old tulip poplars.
Many of the tours include delightful lunch specials, and some are also the crowning jewel of a travel package. Should you choose to tour Richmond’s Church Hill neighborhood, Linden Row Inn is offering a one night stay loaded with amenities, plus tickets for the tour, and a special photograph by Helen Chan, for $189. Another plug for the Church Hill tour is that you’ll hear a re-enactment of Patrick Henry’s “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” oration at historic St. John’s Episcopal Church!
Perhaps the best package for the money is that of Martinsville-Henry County. It includes your stay, the tour, lunch, a shopping gift card, dinner, a gift basket, breakfast, and a visit to the Virginia Museum of Natural History, for just $160/person or $235/couple.