The Garden Club of Virginia and the Garden Club of the Northern Neck will host the annual Historic Garden Week tour in Richmond County on April 25. “Historic Gems Shine On” features five homes, most from the 1700s and still in use by descendants of the original owners. Four of the locations are on the National Registry of Historic Places, and one has been featured on an HGTV restoration series.
Not only do the properties offer a unique glimpse into Virginia’s historic past, but the setting, Richmond County, boasts rich farmland, beautiful waterways, and spectacular views along the Rappahannock River. Warsaw, the county seat, is home to the properties open for touring this year.
During the tour, visitors will experience the multi-faceted restoration underway at Mount Airy by Mr. and Mrs. John Tayloe Emery, owners and the tenth generation in residence. Built in 1761 by John Tayloe II, the current owners have worked diligently to maintain the historic character of the house while balancing the needs of their modern family. In 2014, the family documented the renovation in a 10-episode series on HGTV called “American Rehab: Virginia.” Many of the new and updated spaces such as the unique curved kitchen, the first floor of the renovated west wing and the original 1754 kitchen will be featured for the first time during Historic Garden Week. Mount Airy is both a Virginia and a National Historic Landmark.
Not far from downtown Warsaw is Sabine Hall. A gracious Colonial Georgian home, Sabine Hall was built in 1738 by Landon Carter, the fourth son of Robert “King” Carter, builder of historic Christ Church in Lancaster County. Originally a classic Georgian brick structure, Sabine Hall reflects alterations by both the builder and later generations. In 1764, the south wing was built as a covered passage to the kitchen. The covered “piazza” on the river-side of the house was added by Landon Carter and documented in a 1797 insurance policy. The landscape at Sabine Hall includes six terraces sloping toward the Rappahannock River and a garden with its original 18th century design. The house has been continuously owned and occupied by direct descendants of Landon Carter and is both a Virginia and a National Historic Landmark. The current owners are Mr. and Mrs. Robert Carter Wellford IV and Mrs. Peter Drayton O’Hara. Carter Wellford and Mercer O’Hara are siblings.
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