House, Gar­den Pil­grim­age set for April 30

Record Observer - - Arts & Entertainment - By JACK SHAUM jshaum@kibay­

CEN­TRE­VILLE — The Queen Anne’s County Gar­den Club will spon­sor the Queen Anne’s County House and Gar­den Pil­grim­age on Satur­day, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. rain or shine. The event will give the pub­lic the op­por­tu­nity to visit a num­ber of sig­nif­i­cant build­ings in the county.

Eight build­ings, rep­re­sent­ing a va­ri­ety of ar­chi­tec­tural styles, will be on the pil­grim­age, Gar­den Club Pres­i­dent Anne Foss said. There will be ar­rows and signs ad­vis­ing vis­i­tors how to reach the dif­fer­ent build­ings. “It will be an eclec­tic group of homes,” Foss said.

It will be­gin with a visit to Tal­ents Cove on Zei­gler Lane near Queen­stown. The home is a red brick Ge­or­gian-style home built in 1996 on prop­erty orig­i­nally known as Wye River Farm, the one-time home of Mary­land Gov. Wil­liam Gra­son. He served from 1839 to 1842 and is the per­son for whom Gra­sonville is named.

Next stop on the pil­grim­age is Bowl­ingly on Mary­land Av­enue in Queen­stown, built in 1733, and one of old­est dated struc­tures on the Mid-Shore. It is known for, among other things, the Flem­ish-bond ma­sonry on the south wall. Dur­ing the War of 1812 the British landed here and van­dal­ized the house and its wood­work. It been ren­o­vated sev­eral times since.

St. Paul’s Epis­co­pal Church on S. Lib­erty Street in Cen­tre­ville will be vis­ited next. There have been sev­eral church build­ings dur­ing St. Paul’s long his­tory. The cor­ner­stone of the present build­ing was laid in 1834 and it was ex­panded in 1855 when transepts and gal­leries were added. The church fea­tures sev­eral Tif­fany win­dows over the al­tar as well as sev­eral pre-Civil War win­dows.

The pil­grim­age will then cross the street to visit St. Paul’s Rec­tory, which dates from 1892 and was re­cently com­pletely re­fur­bished. A house that pre­vi­ously stood on this site was moved to the other side of Lib­erty Street. The rec­tory once had a large cupola, but it was dam­aged some years ago in a kitchen chim­ney fire. A large kitchen gar­den known as the Vic­tory Gar­den was once lo­cated on the prop­erty, ex­tend­ing to neigh­bor­ing Ch­ester­field Ceme­tery.

Wye River Up­per School is lo­cated in the same area on S. Com­merce Street and it will be the next stop. The school is housed in what was once the Cen­tre­ville Ar­mory, built in 1926 as the home of the Mary­land Na­tional Guard’s Com­pany K, 115th In­fantry. The build­ing was ren­o­vated a few years ago as the new home of Wye River Up­per School, which had pre­vi­ously been on the grounds of Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege.

The 1901-vin­tage Vic­to­rian home at 401 Ch­ester­field Ave. in Cen­tre­ville is next on the tour. The three-story house has a num­ber of porches, is fur­nished with an­tiques, and has its orig­i­nal pine floors. The gar­den is rem­i­nis­cent of an English gar­den, ac­cord­ing to the Gar­den Club.

The Wharf House at 510 Ch­ester­field Ave., also known as Dock­ery’s Lott, dates from 1771 and over­looks Cen­tre­ville Land­ing and the head­wa­ters of the Cor­sica River. There are many orig­i­nal de­tails still in place, fol­low­ing a ma­jor restora­tion in 1999 and 2000. The grounds in­clude many plant­ings and trees, in­clud­ing the Mary­land State Cham­pi­onship Osage Or­ange Tree.

Pos­sum Point Farm at 220 Pos­sum Point Rd. in Cen­tre­ville is the fi­nal stop on the pil­grim­age. Built in the late 1700s, it was de­stroyed by the British in the War of 1812, and was re­stored in 1940 and 1965. It is a 16-room house with five work­ing fire­places, ran­dom width wal­nut floors and beau­ti­ful mold­ings, ac­cord­ing to the Gar­den Club.

The Queen Anne’s County House and Gar­den Tour is held ev­ery three years, Foss said. It is one of five or six held in var­i­ous coun­ties around the state, and Queen Anne’s is the first this year. Queen Anne’s and Tal­bot coun­ties are the only coun­ties on the East­ern Shore with pil­grim­ages this year, she said. House and Gar­den tours have been held in Mary­land since the 1930s, she added.

“Peo­ple come from all over state,” Foss said.

For each pil­grim­age, the Gar­den Club chooses a Pil­grim­age Project, and this year, the project is the James E. Kir­wan Mu­seum in Ch­ester, dat­ing from 1889. The build­ing, once the site of Kir­wan’s store as well as his home, was dam­aged dur­ing Su­per­storm Sandy, and while the ex­te­rior has been re­paired, work still needs to be done inside, the Gar­den Club said. The Kir­wan Mu­seum will be the re­cip­i­ent of rev­enue from the Gar­den Club’s trust fund, Foss said.

Tick­ets for the pil­grim­age are $30 in ad­vance, and $35 at the door. For in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Anne Foss at 410827-8618.

A box lunch of chicken salad sand­wich, fruit, cookie, chips, and a cold drink can be pur­chased for $12 at St. Paul’s Church. Ad­vance reser­va­tion and pay­ment for groups is re­quested. Con­tact Lun­cheon Chair­man Ar­line Mayer at 410-758-0173 or by email at ar­line­mayer@ ver­i­

St. Paul’s Epis­co­pal Church in Cen­tre­ville, be­gun in 1834, con­tains a num­ber of Tif­fany win­dows over the al­tar.

The Wharf House at 510 Ch­ester­field Ave. in Cen­tre­ville was built in 1771 and over­looks Cen­tre­ville Land­ing and the head­wa­ters of the Cor­sica River.

Tal­ents Cove is lo­cated on Ziel­ger Road near Queen­stown and was built in 1996 on the for­mer home­stead of Gov. Wil­liam Gra­son.

The large Vic­to­rian House at 401 Ch­ester­field Ave. in Cen­tre­ville was built in 1901 and has a num­ber of porches and orig­i­nal pine wood floors.


The in­te­rior of Bowl­ingly, a home in Queen­stown dat­ing from 1733, that was van­dal­ized by the British in the War of 1812.

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