As we roll into summer, lots of great historic house & garden tours are drawing admiring crowds of old house lovers.
This coming Saturday, the historical society in Mathews County, Virginia, is holding its 4th “Mathews Historic House Tour.” The tour is one of the most important fundraisers for the organization, and requires over 200 volunteers to organize and operate. This year, 5 historic houses will be featured, all new to the tour:
* Fitchett’s Wharf: Owned by Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Whitten, this home was the center of commercial activity for the Moon area from 1845 to the early 20th century, serving as a major port of call for vessels traversing the Chesapeake Bay. The house was modernized in the late 1990s and its property includes old trees and a variety of gardens with views of Stutts Creek.
* Inn at Tabbs Creek (photo, right): This home, owned by Greg and Lori Dusenberry, has long been associated with the Capt. William Billups family of Port Haywood. Renovations on the home began early this year and are ongoing to transform the home’s historic aspects into an inn with modern-day conveniences.
* King’s Gift: Owned by Mr. and Mrs. William “Roney” Leitner, this property is a work in progress with a strong history. Every effort has been taken to maintain this Hallieford area home as was intended…for the average man. Its kitchen fireplace includes bricks that were salvaged from a 20th century restoration project of the old Jefferson Hotel in Richmond.
* The Cottage: This Hallieford home, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Eaton and their son James, is a cross-gables waterman’s cottage. It still has its original heart-of-pine floors, foundation and tin roof of the original structure. The cottage currently serves as a guest house for family and friends to watch waterfowl and enjoy summer breezes coming off Queens Creek.
* Ivison Hall: Located on a cove of Winter Harbor, this home, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Everette Holland “Sonny” Revere, enjoys breathtaking sunrises and moonlit evenings from its two-story wraparound porch. It has original pine floors in several of its rooms.
The cost of the tour is $25, and it is scheduled for 10am to 4pm, rain or shine. For more info about the tour, click here for a local newspaper article.