Final Maryland House & Garden Tour in Charles County

May 8, 2013
Manor of Truman Place

Manor of Truman Place

Offer Inside Look At 1812 Historic Homes and Caleb W. Jones Skipjack  Eight Properties on Tour Featured Saturday, May 18

The final tour on the statewide Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage (MHGP) of historic homes and gardens takes place in Charles County on Saturday, May 18th. There are eight properties on display, many of them with fascinating War of 1812 history. Profits from this tour go to Historic Oldfields Chapel, Hughesville. The Caleb W. Jones Skipjack will be docked in Benedict. One of only a handful of operating Skipjacks in the world, local historians will be on hand to discuss the life of watermen on the Bay and 1812 history. Another outstanding attraction is the Manor of Truman’s Place in Waldorf with its War of 1812 history. A catered bus tour is a unique option offered by the Charles County Garden Club (www.charlescountygardenclub.org). Lunch ($15) will be offered at Oldfields Episcopal Church, Hughesville with advance reservations. The 10 am -5 pm tour is $30 in advance and $35 on the day of the tour with tickets available in each of the homes on tour. Ticket’s and information at mhgp.org or 410-821-6933.

The Skipjack boat restoration was underwritten by Michael Sullivan and the boat will be docked in Benedict, the site of the War of 1812 landing by British troops in 1814 on their way to Washington to burn the Capital and White House. The Manor of Truman’s Place boasts lovely stained glass windows. It is a late-Federal design, two and one-half story, gable-roofed brick house with a two-story kitchen-service wing. The original dwelling, built between 1759 and 1782, was of Flemish-bond brick construction. There is a rear sunken garden with koi pond and gazebo.

The bus tour will pick up passengers in La Plata for a daylong visit to all eight stops on the tour. Advance reservations are needed for the $70 bus tour included the bus, tour tickets, lunch and snacks (www.charlescountygardenclub.org) or call Betty Levering at 301-934-8487

The annual spring tours are a central component of the MHGP’s efforts to cultivate awareness of Maryland’s rich architectural and cultural heritage, from historic to contemporary settings. Each year, proceeds from the tour support designated preservation projects in each host community. To date, the Pilgrimage has raised well over $1 million dollars for the preservation and restoration of architecturally significant properties throughout the State of Maryland while entertaining and informing many thousands of tour-goers.

“In this 76th year, we are proud to present so many unique and vastly different types of properties,” said Diane Savage, Chairman, Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage. “Guests of the tours will see a historic Skipjack at dock in Benedict as well as beautiful stained glass windows in Oldfields Chapel designed by renowned artists Rowan and Irene LeCompte who also created windows in the National Cathedral in Washington.”

The annual Maryland House & Garden Pilgrimage (MHGP) is being held this spring over five weekends from Saturday, April 20, through Saturday, May 18. A Maryland tradition for 76 years, the Pilgrimage offers visitors the opportunity to explore some of Maryland’s most fascinating and noteworthy properties. The 2013 tour includes about 50 private homes, gardens, farms, churches and historic sites, including a docked Skipjack, across six areas in Maryland. They are Anne Arundel County-Annapolis: Wardour (Saturday, April 20); Queen Anne’s County (Saturday, April 27); Baltimore City: Guilford (Sunday, April 28); Somerset and Worcester Counties (Saturday, May 4) and concluding in Charles County (Saturday, May 18).

Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage (MHGP), a nonprofit organization, is dedicated to the preservation and restoration of architecturally significant properties in the State of Maryland. The Pilgrimage has remained constant with this purpose since its formation in 1937. It is the only statewide house and garden tour organization and the oldest tour in the State of Maryland, raising and distributing well over $1 million dollars in its 76-year history to support preservation projects in each host community.

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