Distinctive Homes On Tour In Essex County


Wheatland is one five properties in Essex County featured on the house and garden tour hosted by the Garden Club of the Middle Peninsula on Friday, April 26.

Wheatland is one five properties in Essex County featured on the house and garden tour hosted by the Garden Club of the Middle Peninsula on Friday, April 26.

Mountcastle House and historic Wheatland are two of the five properties featured on this year’s house and garden tour hosted by the Garden Club of the Middle Peninsula on Friday, April 26, 2024. Both houses are located in upper end of Essex County, where a visitor can enjoy the pastoral landscapes and vistas along Route 17 to access the properties with their distinctive settings and river views. Three other properties on the tour: Thornbury, Little Egypt, and the Essex Inn located in Tappahannock, will be featured in an upcoming article. Wheatland (1154 Wheatland Road, Loretto)

Wheatland is a historic plantation home built in 1848 by an early ancestor of the current owners. The lovely drive onto the property brings you into a lush setting of ancient Pecan and Poplar trees which also includes an ancient Osage Orange tree once designated as having the largest circumference in Virginia. The setting for Wheatland is lush farmland overlooking a deep bend in the Rappahannock River. A stately English boxwood Allee leads down to the river’s edge, where a historic steamboat wharf, originally constructed in 1890s to handle river traffic and rebuilt in 1916 after a fire, still stands. It is the only one still in existence in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. A beautiful flower garden, an old smokehouse and kitchen complete the scene. The house, now on the National Historic Registry, is a twostory, five-bay, frame dwelling with a hipped roof in the Greek Revival style that sits atop an English basement. The home has changed very little in 175 years. It has original furniture, books, and oil portraits and over time, the family has added period-appropriate pieces. Ticket Information

For more information about the Middle Peninsula tour and to purchase tickets please visit [email protected]. A selection of box lunches, available for pick up on tour day, can be pre-ordered from the recently restored 1710 Tavern (314 Water Lane, Tappahannock) by visiting [email protected] or by calling (804) 925-6710, until April 19.

The Garden Club of the Middle Peninsula, a member of the Garden Club of Virginia, works to promote gardening among amateurs; to protect native trees, wildflowers, and birds; to encourage conservation of natural resources; to promote civic planning; to encourage roadside beautification; and to aid in the restoration and preservation of historic gardens in Virginia. Member counties include Essex, King and Queen, King William, and Middlesex.

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