CENTREVILLE The Queen Anne's County Garden Club will host an exciting tour of nine homes and historic sites when the 2009 Maryland House & Garden Pilgrimage kicks off its tour season on Saturday, April 25. The tour features a variety of architecturally and historically significant homes and gardens located in the Centreville area, a designated National Historic District.
The Maryland House & Garden Pilgrimage (MHGP), now in its 72nd year, is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and restoration of architecturally significant properties in the State of Maryland. Each year, the MHGP plans a multi-county spring tour program that gives visitors an inside look at extraordinary historic and contemporary sites, and at the same time, a fun way to support a worthy cause. The 2009 tours will be held throughout Maryland during four consecutive spring weekends: Queen Anne's County (April 25), St. Mary's County (May 2), Harford County (May 3), Baltimore City (May 9), Anne Arundel County (May 16), and Baltimore County (May 17).
Queen Anne's Tour
The tour begins at the lovely brick Victorian "Jackson-Collins House," at 201 South Commerce Street, Centreville. This 19th century home is considered to be one of the finest examples of Victorian residential architecture in the County.
The Queen Anne's County Pilgrimage will also feature "Fairview Farm," home of Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Gray Jr. The main residence, completed in 2004 by the owners, is a turn-of-the-century style farmhouse rooted in the past by its location on an old estate on the Corsica River and by its charming use of antique architectural elements. The home was recently featured on HGTV's "Amazing Waterfront Homes."
Open to the public for the first time in many years is "The Hermitage," the 350-year-old Tilghman family estate located on Tilghman Creek. The Hermitage is one of America's oldest continuously working farms and is still held by direct descendants of the original settler. Its many buildings are typical of colonial Eastern Shore plantations. For information about other sites on the Queen Anne's County Pilgrimage, see www.mhgp.org.
All sites are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Look for green and white "Maryland House & Garden Pilgrimage" signs for directions off of Maryland Routes 301 and 213.
Queen Anne's County tour proceeds will be used by the Kennard Alumni Association to continue the historic renovation of Kennard High School, the first African American high school in the County. Upon completion of the renovation, the building will reopen to the public and, in addition to historical tours, will be used for a variety of ongoing educational, cultural, and recreational programs.
Tickets for each day's tour are $30 in advance or $35 on the day of the tour. (A portion of the ticket price is tax deductible.) Tickets may be purchased at the door of all homes. Each tour-goer will receive a Pilgrimage tour book, which provides detailed information on routes, background on properties, and overall event facts.
For information on the day of the Queen Anne's County tour, contact Kelly Phipps 410-708-5496 or Lea Brooks 410-490-1901.
Tour books may be purchased in advance by sending your name, address and $5 to Pilgrimage Headquarters at 1105-A Providence Road, Towson, MD 21286-1790. Or tour books may be picked up at Pilgrimage Headquarters on March 10; the cost is $1.