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Exchange (8711 Exchange Lane, Gloucester, 23061)


Green Mansion (4703 N. River Road, North, 23128)


Exchange (8711 Exchange Lane, Gloucester, 23061) The current owners have thoroughly researched the details of the home’s past, redolent with history. Mrs. Muron has collected old photographs of Exchange and its outbuildings, including the original ice house and outdoor kitchen. The house was built in 1720 by William Buckner. In 1791, Colonel Thomas Buckner swapped houses with the Anderson family of “Concord,” near Capahosic, and the Andersons named the house “The Exchange.” This property is currently on eight acres. Dr. and Mrs. David Muron, owners.


Green Mansion (4703 N. River Road, North, 23128) Green Mansion and its 63 acres had been abandoned for 15 years when Mrs. McCreary’s parents, the Abernathys, bought the home in 1969. The current owners moved in full-time in 2001. The main house was constructed in 1903 and had been open to paying guests at one time. There are numerous family portraits, and Japanese art collected during time spent in Asia. In back there are named dependencies: The “Crab Castle” houses the family’s boating equipment. A”Butterfly Tea House” is a Japanese tea cottage. The “Ladybug Cottage” has two guest rooms and a bath. A charming barn-like building, “Pumpkin Corner” was built for Mrs. McCreary’s mother, who played hostess for the family’s Thanksgiving feasts. This house was last open in 1976. Robert and Susan McCreary, owners.


Gardner Home (756 Hunts Road, Port Haywood, 23138) The home of Bill and Eleanor Gardner stands on a peninsula jutting out into Horn Harbor. This large Southern-style home is filled with family and historical art, porcelain collections, and whimsy. The house was designed and built in 2005 by the owner himself. Mrs. Gardner’s extensive porcelain collections include Chinese export Rose Medallion dinnerware. The expansive kitchen includes all modern amenities and a well-appointed work space A huge waterfront porch overlooks Horn Harbour and an impressive collection of irises. Accessible via shuttle from Williams Wharf Landing. Bill and Eleanor Gardner, owners.


The House & Home Magazine


Headquarters: Tour headquarters will be at Ware Church, 7825 John Clayton Memorial Hwy. in Glouces- ter. Ware Parish was founded about 1652. The current building dates from about 1718. Tickets and maps will be available on tour day only.


Tickets: $35 pp on day of tour at headquarters. Credit cards, cash or checks accepted. Advance Tickets: $30 pp. www.vagardenweek.org . Children 12 and under free. No single-house tickets will be sold. By mail before April 10, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope with check payable to: GCG c/o Margaret Singleton, P.O. Box 1388, Gloucester, 23061. Tickets available until April 21 at Brent & Becky’s Bulbs, Angelwing Stationers, and Mathews County Visitor and Information Center. Check or cash only.


Lunch: $12 pp. Pre-ordered box lunches available for pick-up between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at Williams Wharf Landing, Williams Wharf Landing Rd. in Mathews. *A list of local restaurants in Gloucester/Mathews will be available at tour headquarters.(included in map)


Refreshments: Complimentary and served from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Gloucester Woman’s Club/Edge Hill House,6805 Main St. in Historic Gloucester Courthouse. Local demonstrations including a metal smith artist and lo- cal potter, as well as Colonial games will add to the festivi- ties. Raffle drawing will take place here at 3:30 p.m.


Facilities: Available at all tour sites and shuttle park- ing lot at Williams Wharf Landing.


Parking and Shuttles: Parking is available at Ware Church, Edge Hill House, Brent & Becky’s Bulbs, Exchange and Green Mansion. Shuttles will be provided for Wyndham at Belmont Berry Farm in Mathews (155 Belmont Lane, North, VA). For the Gardner Home - Wil- liams Wharf Landing (1039 Williams Wharf Rd. Follow signs/arrows to lot), Williams Wharf Road, Mathews.


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