Historic Garden Week 2019
One of our favorite Fredericksburg traditions is Historic Garden Week! It’s your chance to tour historic gardens in full bloom all over the state of Virginia, learn about sustainable horticulture, and more. Regardless of whether you’re new to Historic Garden Week or a seasoned vet, you’ll love what’s in store this year!
The Fredericksburg part of the tour is hosted by The Rappahannock Valley Garden Club and consists of 4 historic properties located on the Washington -Rochambeau Route, in Caroline and Spotsylvania Counties: Snead’s Asparagus Farm, Jackson Shrine, LaVue, and Chases End. The event takes place April 30th. Tickets are $45 at the door and $35 in advance (must be ordered by April 12th for advance ticket rate ). Parking is available at all 4 locations.
Snead’s Asparagus Farm – Tour headquarters
This family owned farm is a great example of sustainable farming with a community focus. Snead’s offers a robust CSA program and is a popular destination for educational field trips, and family events. Their Annual Fall Festival attracts approximately 1,000 people a day! Sunken Well Tavern operates a literal Farm -To -Table operation right in the heart of the farm itself. Only the grounds and outbuildings will be available for touring. “Farm to Table” box lunches from Sunken Well Tavern will be available at this location only. You must preorder your lunch by April 12th.
This beautiful Georgian home boasts authentic 300 yr old features and original 1800’s floor plan. The home has 12 fireplaces, a boxwood entrance, access to the Rappahannock River, and intricate stenciling in the hallways and parlors that has been untouched for 184 years. Interesting fact: The L- shaped porched was used as a triage location during the Battle of Fredericksburg.
Jackson Shrine – Woodford, Va
Visit the Plantation Office where Stonewall Jackson spent the last 6 days of his life. This building was once one of many outbuildings on Thomas Chandler’s 740 acre plantation. The Plantation Office is the only one that remains and is now managed by the National Park Service.
Chases End – Milford, Va
Complementary tea will be served at this location from 11am – 4pm
Home of the Caroline Foxhunt. The house and stables will be open to the public during the Garden Tour. The stables include “The Munnings Room” which houses a private collection of foxhunting art and is used for hunt breakfasts, and other hunt activities. Fox Hunt demonstrations will take place durning the day. British Car Club will display automobiles.
Proceeds from Historic Garden Week fund the restoration and preservation of Virginia’s historic public gardens, provide graduate level research fellowships and a Garden Club of Virginia Centennial project with Virginia State Parks.
Find out more at www.vagardenweek.org