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Maryland House & Garden Pilgrimage Will Feature Charles County’s Port Tobacco Valley
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Port Tobacco, MD
Friday, February 15, 2019

Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage Sites

Port Tobacco, Maryland (February 14, 2019) – Maryland House & Garden Pilgrimage (MHGP) will feature sites in Charles County's Port Tobacco Valley on April 27, 2019.

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 81-year history to support preservation projects.

"The Charles County Garden Club has been part of the Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage since the beginning," says Kate Zabriskie, the club's current president and tour's co-chairman. "Whether you're a history lover, someone who enjoys house tours, or a person interested in flowers and floral design, you will enjoy this event."

The information center is located at the Port Tobacco Courthouse complex – Commerce Street, Port Tobacco.

Sites included on this year's tour:

  1. Stagg Hall – the eighteenth-century home of John Parnham, a prosperous Port Tobacco Merchant.
  2. Port Tobacco Courthouse – a replica of the town's 1800s courthouse and centerpiece of historic Port Tobacco.
  3. Burch House – one of the earliest examples of an original two-room plan in Charles County.
  4. Mulberry Grove – built on the site of John Hanson's birthplace. John Hanson served as the sheriff of Charles County, a member of the Maryland General Assembly, and the first President of the Continental Congress.
  5. Ellerslie – erected on property belonging to Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer who served as the first President of the Maryland State Senate and represented Maryland in the Continental Congress. 
  6. Habre de Venture – the home of Thomas Stone, one of 56 signers of the United States Declaration of Independence.
  7. Friendship House – a fine example of early tidewater architecture and one of Charles County's oldest houses.
  8. Bowling-Hurley House – an impeccably maintained Georgian Colonial house comprising over 8,000 feet of living space.

Each site will feature floral designs created by members of The Charles County Garden Club, Hughesville Garden Club, and the Society for the Restoration of Port Tobacco.

In addition, several of the sites will offer special programming throughout the day. For example, at Mulberry Grove, Charles County native, Jim Berry, will discuss the plants that grow in the Port Tobacco Valley and homeowner, Jay Lilly, will tell visitors about John Hanson and his significance to Maryland and the United States.

Tickets are $40 the day of the tour or they can be ordered in advance for $35 at www.mhgp.org.

A delicious box lunch (including drink and dessert) will be available at the Port Tobacco Court House, between 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The cost is $13.00 per person. To place your order in advance and guarantee availability, please mail your lunch check payable to:

St. Thomas Parish - Attention: M.H.G.P. Lunch Reservation; 14300 St. Thomas Road; Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772. Please indicate: Turkey, Ham Salad, Chicken Salad, or Veggie.

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For more information about the Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage, visit www.mhgp.org.

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