Why You’ll Love Historic Garden Week
Lush gardens, historic homes, and warm walking tours with good company—Is it any wonder that Virginia’s Historic Garden Week, is called “America’s Largest Open House”?
With over 250 gardens, homes and historic landmarks for visitors to enjoy statewide, you might say Garden Week is how Virginia kicks off Spring!
This 8-day statewide event provides visitors a wonderful opportunity to see the most unforgettably gorgeous gardens as well as beautiful houses at the height of springtime color.
Historic Garden Week in Staunton
Locally, the Garden Tour comes to Staunton April 27th from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., and what a day it will be!
This year marks the Garden Club’s centennial anniversary. To celebrate, why not plan to take part in a driving tour that showcases five historic homes, all with outstanding architectural value?
Additionally, the tour chronicles both the history of Staunton and the Augusta Garden Tour. Get more info and details here.
“But What’s on the Garden Tour Circuit?”
Glad you asked! This year, there are five beautiful homes and gardens to tour. With history and beauty at every turn, here’s a very quick breakdown of what you’ll see at each destination.
Oakdene-605 E. Beverley Street
This is one of the finest examples of Queen Anne architecture anywhere! A stone foundation, pressed brick on the chimneys and floors, rounded tower, pointed arches. The rounded tower is topped by an owl with eyes that are illuminated at night by a gas flame. Exquisite home!
Stuart House–120 Church Street
Stuart House is probably one of Staunton’s first houses built of brick. It was built in 1791 by Judge Archibald Stuart. An early example of Classical Revival architecture, family tradition has it that Thomas Jefferson offered design suggestions.
Waverley Hill, 3001 N. Augusta Street
This beautiful Georgian Revival home sits atop a hill accessed by a wooded drive. The house features five symmetrical parts, all constructed in a Flemish bond of old brick.
The interior follows a Georgian central hall plan. An 18th century English mantel graces the living room. The octagonal dining room and wings overlook the property’s garden and the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Whitestone, 2712 N. Augusta Street
A fieldstone home that sits gracefully on a gentle hill. Surrounded by old growth trees, it has a serpentine drive.
A four-bay shuttered facade features a central doorway with a rounded pediment, tall sidelights, and Doric pilasters. Current owners are Mr. and Mrs. Don Reid.
Woodrow Wilson Presidential Birthplace, Museum and Presidential Library, 20 N. Coalter Street
Originally built as the manse for First Presbyterian Church, this two-story Greek Revival mansion was completed in 1847. President Woodrow Wilson was born here.
Surround yourself with Spring’s natural beauty and the historic beauty of some of Staunton’s most enduring homes! Get your tickets here.
Complete your Spring tour with a reservation at the Iris Inn. Wake to the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, luxury accommodations, and a gourmet breakfast. And that’s just to start your day!