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Cedar Lawn is one of eight sites on next weekend’s House and Garden Tour of Historic Berkeley and Jefferson Counties. The 58th annual tour also features stops in Harpers Ferry, Shepherdstown and Martinsburg.

Cedar Lawn is one of eight sites on next weekend’s House and Garden Tour of Historic Berkeley and Jefferson Counties. The 58th annual tour also features stops in Harpers Ferry, Shepherdstown and Martinsburg.

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CHARLES TOWN – Cedar Lawn, the newly renovated Washington family home that dates to 1825, is among the highlights of next weekend’s House and Garden Tour of Historic Berkeley and Jefferson Counties.

Organized by members of community garden clubs through the Shenandoah-Potomac Garden Council, the event has been a fixture in the Panhandle for nearly six decades.

Visitors this year will get an inside peek at four of Jefferson County’s most historic structures, including Cedar Lawn, built by John Thornton Augustine Washington and featuring a quarter-acre of gardens; the 1837 Armory House in Harpers Ferry; Shepherdstown’s Reynolds House, built in 1869 on a lot platted by town father Thomas Shepherd; and the Bloomery Plantation Distillery, home to a log cabin built about 1840 and used as slave quarters.

Four Martinsburg homes also are on the tour, which happens from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 27 and 28.

Because the deadline to reserve advance tickets passed last week, visitors should plan to purchase tickets the day of the tour. Visitors may buy tickets or a tour pass at any of the eight stops. They also may pick up a brochure with detailed directions to all the homes on the tour.

The cost to visit all the tour sites is $20 for adults or $5 for children. Another option allows visitors to buy admission to a single home. The cost for that is $6 for adults or $3 for children.

Garden clubs hosting the tour include the Harpers Ferry Woman’s Club, the Dolley Madison Garden Club, the Windflower Garden Club, the Wizard Clip garden Club, the Shenandoah Garden Club, the Norborne Garden Club, the Olde Berkeley Garden Club and the Berkeley-Martinsburg Garden Club.

At two stops on the tour – the Armory House and the Reynolds House – garden club members will offer up refreshments to visitors.

Organizers note that homes on the tour will be marked with distinctive green and white signs. They point out that visitors may not bring cameras into the homes or smoke during the tours. Visitors also are asked to wear flat walking shoes.

Additional information on the tour may be found at the Shenandoah-Potomac Garden Council website: shenandoah-potomacgardencouncil.org.

 

 

 

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