64th Annual House and Garden Tour to return to Eastern Panhandle
SHEPHERDSTOWN – The Shenandoah-Potomac Garden Council will once again host the annual House and Garden Tour featuring eight homes in Berkeley and Jefferson counties.
The event, in its 64th year, began in 1955. Continuing the tradition that has blossomed into an anticipated annual tourist attraction, garden clubs and other entities between the two counties select homes to sponsor. Home owners prepare for weeks ahead of the tour to ensure their properties are in pristine condition as hundreds of visitors make their way to the homes. Members of the hosting organizations also work hard to provide such things as flower arrangements and to prepare refreshments for those visiting the homes.
“We get together the week of the tour after gathering flowers from the yards of multiple club members,” said Deb McGee, who has helped lead the efforts of the Harpers Ferry Woman’s Club. “We don’t want to leave that burden to the homeowner, who has already put so much effort into beautifying her home.”
Harpers Ferry’s offering is known as Rockhaven, located at 900 Fillmore Street. The home was originally owned by William Allen Saunders, a Storer College graduate and later teacher at the school. Constructed in 1927 by German stone masons, the home offers delightful gardens as well as beautifully decorated rooms that serve as a local bed and breakfast for visitors to the area.
Traversing across the county, guests on the tour can visit two Shepherdstown locations that sit directly across the street from each other. The first is the Trinity House, shown by the Windflower Garden Club. Located at 104 New Street, the home was built in 1814 and purchased by the Shepherdstown Episcopal Church in 1846. From that time until its sale in 2017, the home served as the rectory for the church. The home, on the National Register of Historic Places, features 11 fireplaces, each of which has a distinct architectural mantel. The dining room also boasts a Waterford chandelier, sure to be a favorite with visitors.
Adjacent to the home is the original Shepherd family cemetery, owned by the Corporation of Shepherdstown, and open to the public.
At 105 New Street is the Potts House, home of Henry W. Potts, who also built Popodicon on Shepherd University’s campus. The 1884 home is being shown by members of the Shenandoah Garden Club and features original architecture from the date of construction. Artwork within the home showcases multiple versions f the view of Shepherdstown rooftops.
Shenandoah Junction is home to two additional homes on the tour. The first, York Hill, is located at 1583 Ridge Road. The home, begun as a log structure in 1754 by Samuel Darke, was sold to “Colonel” Hendricks who added multiple additions. Also expanding the home were later owners, the Snyder family, and Robert Hockensmith who purchased the property in the early 1900s and in 1958 bestowed it to his daughter as part of her dowry.
Also in Shenandoah Junction is Wildwood Farm, the newest home on the tour. Built in 2007, the home incorporates modern convenience within and architectural features from the past without. Corinthian columns and a double wide staircase are just two of the elements of the home visitors will enjoy.
The Adam Stephen House at 309 E. John Street in Martinsburg is one of the homes featured in Berkeley County. The home is made of native limestone and features numerous antique furniture pieces.
Also in Berkeley County is the Martin House, built by former West Virginia State Senator, the late Clarence Martin, Jr. in 1951. The current owner of the home has maintained the 50s styles of the home as well as added reproduction appliances in the kitchen in multiple pastel shades.
Rounding out the tour this year is Quarryside, also located in Martinsburg. The home, adjacent to a lake made as a result of former quarry production, was built in the mid-1960s and renovated and restored in 2014. The current owner of the home, a locally noted interior designer, will showcase her in-home design center as part of the tour.
The tour takes place on both Saturday and Sunday, between the hours of 10 a.m and 5 p.m. Tickets have been available for pre-sale but will also be available both days of the tour. Prices for the days of the tour are $25 for adults and $10 for those 12 and under for the full tour. Those wishing to only visit one home may do so at a cost of $10 per home for adults and $8 for those 12 and under.
For more information including directions to each home, visit www.shenandoah-potomacgardencouncil.org.