Historic Garden Week

Learn the countless stories behind the artifacts, heirlooms and unique building materials of three properties with magnificent river views on this driving and shuttle tour. Tour Auburn, the plantation featured on the cover of the 2018 guidebook. Built in 1824, the property was once owned by Charles Heath, father of the daffodil industry in Gloucester, and later, in the 1970s, by John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

Visit another home from the same period, Dunham Massie, featuring whimsical touches and interesting gardens. The welcoming avenue of willow oaks leads past wildflower meadows and a pond created for wildlife. This 1845 home on a picturesque peninsula on the North River is furnished with a mix of rustic antiques, family pieces and whimsical collection of folk art and memorabilia reflecting the owners love of animals. 

The third site is a newer home, situated to take full advantage of both upriver and down river views of the Ware River. The interior is filled with original art collected and created by its owner.


Lunch is available in two locations! At Brent and Becky's Bulbs the "Good Life Kitchen" will be set up. Enjoy "happiness from scratch" and award-winning chicken salad as you dine by the gardens. A little ways down the road, serving the Ware Neck community since 1875 is Nuttall's Country Store. Pre-ordered lunches are available (call 804-693-3067 or email email Nuttal's Coutnry Store) and day of tour lunches. Nuttall's is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Be sure to stop by Brent and Becky's Bulbs to shop these unique vendors:

Additional Information

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