Wednesday, April 26, 2017 – 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The “Heathsville Historic District” in Northumberland County will be the site for Historic Garden Week in the Northern Neck on April 26 from 10 am to 5 pm, according to the event’s co-chairs Lynn Hower and Tami McCauley.
Historic Garden Week in the Northern Neck is sponsored by the Garden Club of the Northern Neck and is part of the Garden Club of Virginia’s week-long tour of homes and gardens. Funds raised are used to restore historic gardens around the state.
Established in 1681 and surveyed by Benjamin Latrobe, Heathsville has remained the county seat for more than 300 years. Its shady courthouse square is a stroll away from a pre-Civil War jail, tavern, church, and one of the largest extant assemblages of antebellum buildings in Virginia. Equally as important, Heathsville is a vibrant community based in the 18th century but living in the 21st. Tour includes access to five private homes c.1770 to 1933. They showcase how historic homes can be as functional today as when they were originally built.
The incredible homes included:
Chicacoan Cottage (111 St. Stephen’s Lane, Heathsville, 22473) Built c.1790, Chicacoan Cottage is one of two identical cottages that were dependencies of the original Springfield Plantation, owned by John Heath, one of seven commissioners who established the town of Heathsville. It was sold privately for the first time in 1891. Owners: William Armstrong and Marguerite Slaughter.
Oakley (28 Back Street, Heathsville, 22473) This Federal-style white frame house was built in the late 18th century by John Hughlett. Today its two-and-a-half stories above a raised English basement rise gracefully and half-hidden behind a circle of azaleas and magnificent trees. The unique stairway rises two-and-a-half stories. Oakley is on the National Historic Register and is a Virginia Historic Landmark. Owner: Charlotte Hundley.
The Academy (295 Saint Stephen’s Lane, Heathsville, 22473) The Academy built in the 19th century was originally a portion of Springfield, the 700-acre Tidewater farm of John Heath. A pristine example of sophisticated Tidewater Federal-style architecture, this rectangular one-and-a-half story brick home has formal three-bay facades. The Academy is on the National Historic Register and is a Virginia Historic Landmark. Owners: Byran and Ruth Childress.
Westlawn (7232 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville, 22473) This c.1932 Colonial Revival built by Judge and Mrs. Hugh Smith in the easternmost section of historic Heathsville is a contributing building to the Heathsville Historic District. Built of cypress, the facade features side windows with a traditional fan light above its front entrance. Westlawn is on the National Historic Register and is a Virginia Historic Landmark. Owners: Jim and Diana Russell.
Roanoke (6108 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville, 22473) The home, situated within 600 acres of forest and fields, shaded by tall oak and elm trees, is partially screened from the highway behind rolling fences and an alee of crepe myrtles. Roanoke has been in the Brent family since 1852, when it was acquired from the estate of Mottram Ball Cralle. Owner: A. Mason Brent Family.
Tickets: $35 pp. Available on tour day at the information center, located at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 6807 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville.
Advance Tickets: $25 pp. www.vagardenweek.org. By mail until April 16, checks payable to The Garden Club of the Northern Neck (GCNN): Phyllis Gootee, 125 Killneck Lane, Lottsburg, VA 22511. Please send check with a stamped, self-addressed legal envelope. For questions, contact Phyllis Gootee at firstname.lastname@example.org. Available locally until April 23 at the following locations: The Pedestal, Kilmarnock; The Dandelion, Irvington; Wildest Dreams, Burgess; Colonial Collectibles, Warsaw; Mosaic, Callao; and The Art of Coffee, Montross.
Box lunches are available for $15 each and must be reserved before April 17. Vegetarian lunches are also available. Checks payable to St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church to Ellen Kirby, P.O. Box 40, Heathsville, VA 22473. email@example.com for information. Available for pick-up at the church from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Limited eat-in seating available. Restaurants are not available in Heathsville; dining facilities are located in Callao and Burgess.
Complimentary refreshments served at the stable behind The Academy, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Facilities/bathrooms: Available at St. Stephen’s Church, the Courthouse and Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern.