June 24, 2024
homes, gardens and Shenandoah Valley views

AUGUSTA COUNTY — Each individual spring, site visitors are welcomed to some of Virginia’s most gorgeous gardens, houses and historic landmarks through “America’s Largest Open Home,” sponsored by the Back garden Club of Virginia. This weeklong celebration across the point out offers visitors an prospect to see unforgettable gardens and wonderful residences.

In a push launch from the Augusta Backyard Club chapter, this year’s Historic Yard Week will just take position in southwestern Augusta County on Saturday, April 15, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Four non-public homes are opening to the general public for the initial time all will element creative flower arrangements from Augusta Backyard garden Club associates. In addition, the stunning grounds of a historic 30-acre farm will be open up for touring.

“Sunset Hill” 1431 Parkersburg Turnpike, Swoope

“Sunset Hill” 1431 Parkersburg Turnpike, Swoope

This 15-acre hilltop home affords spectacular sights across the Shenandoah Valley. The household blends historic appeal with modern living, the release explained. The authentic typical Augusta County farmhouse (circa 1918) was noticeably expanded in 2009 with a Scandinavian-impressed two-tale addition. Considerable landscaping incorporates a lovely patio, raised stone beds, a fruit and nut orchard with plum, Bartlett and Asian pear, peach, cherry, fig, persimmon, apple, pecan and walnut trees.

76 North Mountain Road, Swoope

76 North Mountain Road, Swoope

Created in 2019, this hilltop household sits on 27 acres with 360-diploma sights of the pastures and mountain ranges beyond both of those Allegheny and Blue Ridge. The proprietor, motivated stylistically by Arts & Crafts cottages, created the household, and had it “system-built” in Rocky Mount. The interior demonstrates the proprietor, her enjoy of animals and character and her household and its historical past, the release stated. Native trees and perennial beds surround the exterior. The house is beneath a Virginia Outside Basis easement.

396 Summerdean Highway, Middlebrook

396 Summerdean Road, Middlebrook

This two-space log dwelling, constructed in the late 18th-early 19th century, contains the living home and dining space. Its substantial logs were robust plenty of to assist a second story added later on. In the rear, a frame kitchen area addition with a brick and stone fireplace designed in the 1850s completes the home. The proprietor, a committed woodworker, has fixed much of the furnishings and fabric of the property, the launch mentioned. This creekside home is planted with a range of trees and features two early outbuildings, a spring residence with authentic boards and hand-solid nails and a root cellar.

“Glebe Faculty House” 1707 Glebe University Highway, Swoope

“Glebe School House” 1707 Glebe School Road, Swoope

Glebe Schoolhouse, constructed in 1830, grew to contain a two-tale living region and then a bed room addition, all linked in a U-form. The porch, brick terrace and yard offer sights of the Alleghany Mountains. The naturalized landscaping features wide meadows and seasonal wildflowers. The schoolhouse is a Virginia Historic Landmark and is outlined on the Nationwide Sign up of Historic Destinations.

30-acre farm at 80 McKinley Highway, Middlebrook

80 McKinley Road, Middlebrook

The grounds of this 30-acre farm will be open up for the tour. When the internet site of a whiskey nevertheless providing miners in the California gold hurry, it now is guarded less than Virginia’s Conservation Reserve Improvement Software. The forest and meadow are taken care of cautiously to conservation expectations.

Tickets, box lunches, parking and recommendations to make the most of your working day

  • Progress tickets: $30 out there on the net at VAGardenWeek.org.
  • Box lunches: Order your box lunch at Central United Methodist Church reservation and prepayment demanded by April 1. You can then decide up your box lunch at The Inn at MeadowCroft on 331 Glebe Faculty Highway in Swoope among noon right up until mid-afternoon.
  • Day of tour tickets: $40 available at the Yard Tour headquarters — The Inn at MeadowCroft, 331 Glebe Faculty Highway, Swoope.
  • Idea: Put on ideal flat-heeled footwear or sneakers for strolling by means of gardens and fields.
  • Self-parking is available at all internet sites.
  • Historic Yard 7 days journal guides are out there inside the Staunton Website visitors Heart on New St. in downtown Staunton.