EASTON — “Doorways into Talbot County History” is the theme for the Talbot House and Garden Tour, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 10. The tour features six historic waterfront properties with present-day gardens in what was known as the Miles River Parish.
Descendants of the Lloyds of Wye House owned three of the featured estates: Wye Heights Plantation, Knightly, and Presqu’ile, where Francis Scott Key once lived. Wheatlands was built by Gen. Perry Benson, who helped repel the British attack on St. Michaels in 1813. Lombardy is an early 20th century home attached to its historic 18th century wing, while River Bank is a horticulturist’s dream, according to a Talbot County Office of Tourism news release.
“We are delighted to share some of the wonderful historical homes in the Miles River Neck region of Talbot County where we grew up and live today,” said Caroline Benson, who co-chairs the event with her sister Nancy Thompson. “These magnificent houses have not only survived, but flourish today under the stewardship of the present owners who are so gracious to open their homes and gardens for this very special tour.”
Sponsored by the Talbot County Garden Club, the tour is part of the annual Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage. A tradition for 77 years, the pilgrimage offers the opportunity to explore some of Maryland’s most fascinating and noteworthy properties across five areas in Maryland. In addition to Talbot County, homes and gardens in Prince George’s County, Baltimore County/Parkton, Calvert County and Kent County will also be open for tours.
Advance tickets may be purchased for $30 online at www.mhgp.org, or in person at the stores Bountiful and Garden Treasures in Easton. On the day of the tour, tickets will be available at all tour sites for $35. Credit card purchases can be made online only.
Box lunches are available for $15 by advance purchase and can be picked up between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the day of the tour at All Faith Chapel at 26281 Tunis Mills Road, Easton. Lunches can be bought by May 2 at Bountiful and Garden Treasures or by check payable to the Talbot County Garden Club, P.O. Box 1524, Easton, MD 21601. They must be received by May 2.