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  • Photo of a Concert on the Green.  Photo by PRT Staff
  • Photo of Gloucester Point Beach Park.  Photo by PRT Staff
  • Photo of a quilt in the Quilts of River Country Show.  Photo by PRT Staff
  • A photo of merriment during the Renaissance Festival.  Photo by PRT Staff


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Next Festival is March 24 and 25, 2018


Join us on Saturday, April 21 from 10 am to 5 pm for the 2018 Historic Garden Week Tours of Gloucester and Mathews.  Learn the countless stories behind the artifacts, heirlooms and unique building materials of three properties with magnificent river views on this driving and shuttle tour. Tour AUBURN, the plantation featured on the cover of the 2018 guidebook. Built in 1824, the property was once owned by Charles Heath, father of the daffodil industry in Gloucester, and later, in the 1970s, by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Visit another home from the same period, Dunham Massie, featuring whimsical touches and interesting gardens.  The welcoming avenue of willow oaks leads past wildflower meadows and a pond created for wildlife.  This 1845 home on a picturesque peninsula on the North River is furnished with a mix of rustic antiques, family pieces and whimsical collection of folk art and memorabilia reflecting the owners love of animals.  The third site is a newer home, situated to take full advantage of both upriver and down river views of the Ware River.  The interior is filled with original art collected and created by its owner.

Auburn Dunham Massie Cottage Point 

Lunch is available in two locations!  At Brent & Becky’s Bulbs the “Good Life Kitchen” will be set up.  Enjoy “happiness from scratch” and award-winning chicken salad as you dine by the gardens.  A little ways down the road, serving the Ware Neck community since 1875 is Nuttall’s Country Store.  Pre-ordered lunches are available (call 804-693-3067 or email by 4/13 and day of tour lunches.  Nuttall’s is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Be sure to stop by Brent and Becky’s Bulbs to shop these unique vendors; J. Ryan Jewelry, Rivah Breeze, Down the Garden Path, The Arranger’s Market, Hand painting by Margaret Krogman and Bartlett Trees.

Pre-order tickets are available until April 13, online from  Locally, until April 20, from Brent & Becky's Bulbs, Angelwing Stationers and Mathews County Visitor and Information Center with cash or check only.

For more information on 2018 Historic Garden Week in Gloucester and Mathews, visit their Facebook page.  For more on Virginia Garden Week tours visit the website.


Free concerts on the Colonial Courthouse Lawn  Visit website for complete schedule


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Next Jubilee is September 29-30, 2017 - always the last Friday and Saturday in September


Bi-annual Quilt Show featuring the quilts of the Middle Peninsula.  Held in odd numbered years.

September 15 and 16, 2017

Quilts of River Country Webpage     Quilt Registration Forms will be online in June 2017.

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