Thursday, April 26, 2012 – 10am – 5:30pm
Stay the Day with us and enjoy a delightful range of activities along the Lafayette River. Tour six lovely homes and enjoy all the attractions of The Hermitage Museum and Gardens in Norfolk’s lovely neighborhood of Lochhaven. The Hermitage’s resident artists will have an Open House and pottery making demonstrations and tours of the Museum will be held throughout the day. See below for the many activities that will be held throughout the day as the Norfolk Home and Garden Tour, part of Historic Garden Week in Virginia, celebrates the 75th anniversary of The Hermitage Museum and Gardens. This is a walking tour; the span of the tour is a half mile.
Click brochure picture to download a pdf that you can read. Brochures and guidebooks to Historic Garden Week in Virginia can be found around Norfolk at various locations.
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For GPS: Set for Second Presbyterian Church, 7305 Hampton Blvd. Norfolk, VA 23505
From North/Richmond, take I-64 East through the Hampton Roads Bay Bridge Tunnel. Exit to the right via exit 276/Naval Base/Terminal Blvd. Merge immediately to the right onto 406/Terminal Blvd. Proceed 2 miles to the stoplight at Hampton Blvd. Take a left. The main gates to Lochhaven at North Shore Road will be on your right. For parking and restroom facilities, turn left into the Second Presbyterian Church lot or proceed to the Hermitage Museum. The first tour home is located on Glencove Place just past the church. Or follow North Shore Road as it curves left to reach the Hermitage Museum and Gardens.
From East/Eastern Shore, travel the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.
Take a right on North ampton Blvd. Travel approx 5 miles to
I-64 West. Take I-64 West to a left exit at 406/Terminal Blvd. and follow the same as above.
From Chesapeake/ Virginia Beach Take I-64 West to a left exit at 406/Terminal Blvd. and follow the same as above.
From West/Suffolk, take Route 58 East through the Midtown tunnel. Proceed onto Hampton Blvd. for approximately 2 miles. Turn left onto North Shore Road through the main entrance into Lochhaven. For parking and restroom facilities, turn left into the Second Presbyterian Church lot or proceed to the Hermitage Museum. The first tour home is located on Glencove Pl. just past the church.
RESTROOMS: available at the Hermitage Museum and the Norfolk Yacht and Country Club.
PARKING: On-street parking is available throughout the tour neighborhood, The Hermitage Museum, 2nd Presbyterian Church on the corner of Hampton Blvd. and North Shore Rd. and at the neighboring Norfolk Yacht and Country Club. Please make note of all parking signs in the neighborhood. Handicapped parking spaces will be available at each tour location.
NOTE: This is a walking tour. The tour’s span is approximately one half mile. Guests may visit properties in any order. Please wear flat-heeled, comfortable shoes to allow for uneven surfaces and stairs and to protect floors. No photography, sketching, or cell phone use permitted inside the tour homes as a courtesy to all. Tour is offered “rain or shine.” No refunds are available.
|9 a.m.and 5 p.m.||Bird Watching WalkThe Hermitage is one of Tidewater Virginia’s premier spots for birding. Join a tour led by two of area’s foremost birding experts. Bring your binoculars.|
|11 a.mand3 p.m.||Flower Arranging DemonstrationUnder the Tent in Hermitage East GardenCome join the florists from The New Leaf as they demonstrate how to construct a gorgeous, creative, living piece of art from flowers and greenery.|
|1 p.m.||Peter Hatch, Monticello’s Director of Gardens and GroundsUnder the Tent in Hermitage East GardenPeter Hatch, scholar, and author will speak. His book, scheduled for release in April 2012, A Rich Spot of Earth”: Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden at Monticello ,will be available for signing. Mr. Hatch is the recipient of the 2011 Garden Club of America’s Medal for Historic Preservation. He is responsible for the restoration of the 1,000 foot long terraced vegetable garden where Thomas Jefferson assembled plants from all over the world.|
|3 p.m.||Wetlands and WatershedsHermitage Circular GardenCome listen to speakers from local conservation organizations explain what is being done to preserve and enhance Norfolk’s waterfront. A tour of The Hermitage’s wetlands restoration, rain garden, and oyster reef will follow. Take a boardwalk stroll across a marsh.|
|Pottery demonstrations, Artists’ Open House and more throughout the day|
|5:30 – 6:30 p.m.||DinnerDinner: The Hermitage GardensWith The Hermitage’s scenic 12 acres of gardens and waterfront as your backdrop, enjoy a boxed dinner prior to the evening’s concert. (Dinner preorder/ additional charge)*Cash Bar.|
|6:30 p.m.||Virginia Arts Festival Concert (Additional charge – buy tickets at Virginia Arts Festival Box office)*Cash Bar.Enjoy a musical end to your day on The Hermitage waterfront overlooking Norfolk’s Lafayette River. Music by the Town Mountain Band, a band that mines the common ground of traditional bluegrass, outlaw country, and pure old time mountain music, while harnessing the frantic energy of modern punk. Great original, tight vocal harmonies, a charismatic stage presence make Town Mountain Band a standout; but most of all, they’re just monumentally fun to listen to. For hard-driving, no nonsense, slammin’ bluegrass that makes you whoop and holler and stomp your feet.|
Refreshments: Hermitage Visual Arts Studio, 2 – 4 p.m.
Join us for complimentary light refreshments in the estate’s renovated stables.
Lunch: Norfolk Yacht and Country Club, 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Lunch on the water. A tasty lunch of chicken salad and accompaniments will be served in the Yacht Club’s elegant ballroom with its views of the Club’s marina. Price: $15
Admission to the historic homes below is included with purchase of a Norfolk Garden Tour ticket.
240 West Freemason St
This Richardsonian Romanesque style house was built for James Wilson Hunter, a prominent Norfolk banker and merchant. He and his wife, Lizzie, raised three children who never married and lived their whole lives in the house. When the youngest, Eloise, died in 1965 the Hunter Foundation was created and in 1988 the house was opened as a museum with the family’s late Victorian era furnishings and decorative items. Open until 3:30PM on tour day. Free admission with tour ticket.
MOSES MYERS HOUSE
331 Bank St
This Federal Style house was built for a prominent Jewish-American family. Moses and Eliza Myers were leading citizens of Norfolk and involved in the city politically and socially. The house contains nearly 70 percent of its first generation furnishings, including Gilbert Stuart portraits of Mr. and Mrs. Myers. The Garden Club of Virginia renovated the gardens in 2002 to reflect historically accurate late-18th century garden design. Free admission.
601 E Freemason St
The two-story brick townhouse of Georgian and Federal architecture was built by Captain William Willoughby, a descendent of one of Norfolk’s founding families. After falling into disrepair, it was saved from demolition and opened as a museum in 1970. Traveling exhibits are on the first floor, the Norfolk History Museum is on the second, and the lush garden is filled with native plants, garden sculpture, and inviting benches. Free admission.
Other Places of Interest
THE CHRYSLER MUSEUM OF ART
1 Memorial Place
Walter Chrysler, Jr., who began collecting art as a young man, moved his massive collection to Norfolk in 1971. Today the museum is home to 62 galleries that highlight many of the world’s greatest artists. The exhibit, Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters from the Museum of Modern Art, will be on display during Garden Week. Open 10AM-5PM daily. Free admission and parking.
198 Bank Street
General Douglas MacArthur’s bigger than life-sized statue welcomes visitors to his final resting place. This museum and research center is dedicated to preserving and presenting the story of his life and paying tribute to the millions of men and women who served with General MacArthur in World War I, World War II, and the Korean War. The museum garden, canopied with shade trees, is a reflective and peaceful spot to end your tour. Open 10AM-5PM daily. Free Admission.