Historic Garden Week in Westmoreland County

As an active member of the Garden Club of the Northern Neck for 27 years, I have always enjoyed Historic Garden Week as each of the four counties in the Northern Neck is opened in rotation.  My favorite year, of course, was when Reedville was open, only 2.7 miles from Fleeton Fields.   What a fabulous opportunity to see beautiful homes and gardens, as well as stunning flower arrangements.  Even if it rains, just dress to accommodate the weather, this tour makes a wonderful day and is not to be missed.

On April 22, 2015, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, this year The Garden Club of the Northern Neck opens homes in Westmoreland County.  The theme is “Explore the Treasure of Kinsale.” It is the oldest municipal area in the Northern Neck region.  Kinsale is a quaint village created in 1709 by the House of Burgesses.  It has a museum, marina, wharf, a restored early 1900s ice cream parlor, and a gazebo on The Green.  The area is supported by watermen and farmers.  Five private properties are open to reflect life in the town, on a plantation, and by the water, spanning 230 years of history.

Located 12 miles from the Chesapeake Bay, the tour area is near Ingleside Vineyards, Westmoreland State Park and Virginia’s Northern Neck wine trail. Stratford Hall, a restoration project of the Garden Club of Virginia using proceeds from past Historic Garden Week tours, is also nearby.

Advance Tickets: $25 www.gardenweek.org.  By mail until April 15, checks payable to The Garden Club of the Northern Neck.   Include a stamped, self-addressed, legal-sized envelope to:  Lois Spencer, P.O. Box 268, Sandy Point, VA  22577. lpspencer@yahoo.com.  Available locally at Art of Coffee in Montross, Colonial Collectibles in Warsaw and The Dandelion in Irvington.  On the day of the tour, tickets will be available at each property.  Credit card purchases at Tour Headquarters only.

Quoting from Garden Club of Virginia website:

House & Garden Tours
Offered Statewide, April 18-25, 2015

Each spring visitors are welcomed to over 250 of Virginia’s most beautiful gardens, homes and historic landmarks during “America’s Largest Open House.” This 8-day statewide event provides visitors a unique opportunity to see unforgettable gardens at the peak of Virginia’s springtime color, as well as beautiful houses sparkling with over 2,000 flower arrangements created by Garden Club of Virginia members.

Tour proceeds fund the restoration and preservation of Virginia’s historic gardens, and provide graduate level research fellowships for building comprehensive and ongoing records of historic gardens and landscapes in the Commonwealth, and support the mission of the Garden Club of Virginia.

Lecture Series at the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum

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Dr. James I. Robertson, Jr. known as “Bud,” is giving a lecture for the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum on the “Civil War” at Festival Hall in Reedville, April 6, 2015, at 7:00pm.  Don’t miss this fabulous opportunity.

Personal Background taken from Virginia Tech website: 

One of the most distinguished names in Civil War history, Dr. Robertson was Executive Director of the U.S. Civil War Centennial Commission and worked with Presidents Truman, Kennedy, and Johnson in marking the war’s 100th anniversary.  Today his Civil War Era course at Virginia Tech, which attracts 300 students per semester, is the largest of its kind in the nation.

The Danville, Va., native is the author or editor of more than 20 books that include such award-winning studies as Civil War! America Becomes One Nation, General A.P. Hill, and Soldiers Blue and Gray. His massive biography of Gen. “Stonewall” Jackson won eight national awards and was used as the base for the Ted Turner/Warner Bros. mega-movie, “Gods and Generals”. Robertson was chief historical consultant for the film.

The recipient of every major award given in the Civil War field, and a lecturer of national acclaim, Dr. Robertson is probably more in demand as a speaker before Civil War groups than anyone else in the field.

He holds the Ph.D. degree from Emory University and honorary doctorates from Randolph-Macon College and Shenandoah University. He is presently an Alumni Distinguished Professor, one of  ten such honorees among Virginia Tech’s 2,200 faculty. He is also Executive Director of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies, created by the University in 1999.

Robertson is also a charter member (by Senate appointment) of Virginia’s  Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.