Historic Garden Week 2014 Albemarle/Charlottesville
- From: April 27, 2014 - April 28, 2014 (Recurring daily)
- Location: Redlands
- Address: 852 Redlands Farm Road, Charlottesville, VA 22902
- Times: Sunday, April 27 12 noon-5pm; Monday, April 28 10 am-5 pm
- Admission: $40 pp. full tour/$15 single site on day of tour. Advance tickets full tour $35 pp.
- Contact: Christina Teague
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Step back to Thomas Jefferson's Virginia. The rich cultural heritage of the Jefferson era is reflected in this year’s local HGW tour. Each of the three properties is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is part of the recently designated Southern Albemarle Rural Historic District. Several buildings in the district reflect the influence of Thomas Jefferson’s classical architectural ideals and much of the land is still held in large farms as it has been since the 18th century. Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the elegant private homes of Redlands, c. 1798 and Esmont, c. 1816. Built on land patented in 1730 to the Carter family, Redlands has been the home to the Carters since the house's completion in 1798. At Esmont, William B. Phillips, a brick mason who worked on the University of Virginia under Jefferson, is believed responsible for the fine Flemish bond brickwork that distinguishes the house. Bellair Farm highlights its CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program, offering examples of how sustainable strategies have preserved this historic farm. Bellair has been continuously farmed for over two centuries. Box lunches, by advance reservation only, may be picked up in the former dairy barn. In addition to the Southern Albemarle properties, Christ Episcopal Church Glendower will be open courtesy of parish volunteers. Morven Estate gardens and house will be open on Saturday, April 26 (see separate event listing). The University of Virginia is included on Tuesday, April 29 with tours of the West Lawn Pavilion houses and gardens, Carr’s Hill, Morea Garden and Arboretum and the Harrison Institute/Small Special Collections Library (see separate event listing).