House, Garden Pilgrimage set for April 30
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@ verizon.net.
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.