Annual Historic Garden Week Tour of Orange County

Each venue of this history and garden-focused tour highlights the evolution of farming and architecture along the Spotswood Trail in Orange County, home to Montpelier, the estate of James Madison.  Its formal terraced gardens were a restoration project of the Garden Club of Virginia using proceeds of past Historic Garden Week tours.  Tour includes admission to three private homes, gardens and outbuildings and to the Barboursville Ruins (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.), The 1804 Inn (open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.).  

Properties feature late 18th and early to late 19th century properties, replete with period architecture and artifacts, antique furnishings, and significant art collections.  Gardens range from boxwood lined drives to extensive formal parterre gardens and perennial landscapes. Ticket includes special events at all three private properties:  refreshments served from 2  to 4 p.m., plein air painting by Armand Cabrera from 1 to 4 p.m. (weather permitting), and a display of handmade pottery.

Event Dates/Times

 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


 $30 / person on tour day at any location on tour, $25 in advance at select businesses