Grand and Gracious Talbot County House and Garden Tour
What do you get when you combine two grand in-town properties with five gracious waterfront manors? You guessed it---the not-to-be-missed Talbot County House and Garden Tour. Our sources tell us this year promises to be the best one ever and features amazing interiors, enchanting gardens and spectacular floral arrangements. What a wonderful way to welcome spring!!!!!
Tour Highlights South Harrison Street---This sumptuous 1911 home of Dr. and Mrs. Ian Ferrier is filled with beloved family Dutch antiques and Eastern Shore art while the large town garden contains a beautiful swimming pool, rare specimen plantings and a special secret garden.
Beech Place--The light filled home of Dr. and Mrs. Richard Schoeb, with terraced patios and serene gardens, is filled with fine artwork and lovely collections. Even though it has recently been restored to Historic District guidelines, the thoroughly modern kitchen boasts state of the art technology.
Cedar Point Farm--This dramatic, columned estate, home of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kettler, set among enormous trees along the Tred Avon River, sits on 30 acres and retains an original section dating back to 1700. After enjoying the interior and gardens, you won’t want to miss the boat house and the whimsical guest cottage.
Harleigh---Pass through the ornate gates and down the lane to the elegant 19th century manor house of Mr. and Mrs. John E. Akridge III overlooking Trippe Creek. A number of major renovations include more land for conservation, formal gardens, geo-thermal air handling wells and a new art studio. A working farm, Harleigh is also a prime game hunting location and visitors will enjoy seeing the gunroom, changing lounge and hunting art.
Millwood---This appealing house is typical of 20th century genteel living on the Eastern Shore. Three generations of the family use Millwood as a welcome retreat where they enjoy lush lawns, a swimming pool, views of Trippe Creek from nearly every room and a delightful dollhouse in the “children’s corner”.
Kinsley---As you travel up the ½ mile driveway, you’ll feel as though you have stepped back 300 years. The exterior of the newly constructed Georgian brick house built by owner Joseph Heim, a professional builder, is an exact replica of the first president’s house at the College of William and Mary. It sits on the banks of Goldsborough Creek where it is the center piece of an earlier plantation layout with its symmetry of formal gardens on one side and barns and outbuildings on the “working side”. Plenty of surprises await inside with a mixture of old and new.
Nonesuchplace----Home to Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Gilson, this traditional Tidewater home is sited on a peninsula to take advantage of the quiet views and cooling breezes off Town Creek. This charming home is filled with family antiques, china and travelers’ treasures and the well planned gardens are the work of the owner’s wife, a retired landscape architect.
We’ll start the morning with a tailgate continental breakfast and then climb into three vans for the scenic ride to Talbot County, an area steeped in more than 350 years of American history. The day will be spent visiting these very special, unique residences in Easton and Oxford and will also include a delicious boxed lunch in Oxford. Do join us for this rare opportunity to go behind normally closed doors. We promise you won’t be disappointed.
Saturday, May 14, 2016 Cost: $184.00 Depart 7:30 AM Return to Baltimore 6:30 PM
As a courtesy to our members in the Annapolis area, we will be stopping at the Parole Park and Ride to pick up en route to Talbot County.