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September 15, 2009

CW fall garden tours explore the beauty of colonial gardens

Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area landscape volunteers lead special garden tours that help guests explore the beauty of the colonial gardens in the fall.
Guests have the opportunity to discover the ornate gardens of gentility, learn about the process of re-creating colonial gardens through archaeological evidence and ask questions of the Historic Area gardeners.

Gardens of Gentility is an hour-long walking tour comparing and contrasting the presentation of gentility and status in three different gardens located in the Palace Green area. The tour begins at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays through Sept. 29 and Fridays through Sept. 25.

Learn about documentation used in re-creating Colonial Williamsburg’s gardens on the walking tour, Through the Garden Gate. This hour-long tour starts at 9:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays through Sept. 30.

Reservations are required. Space is limited. A Colonial Williamsburg Freedom, Liberty pass or Hotel Guest pass from one of Colonial Williamsburg’s official resort collection hotels is required. Official hotels of the resort collection include the Williamsburg Inn, Colonial Houses – Historic Lodging, the Williamsburg Lodge and the Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel & Suites.

Meet with landscape volunteers on the Meet the Gardener tour. Guests may ask questions and learn about period plants and their care in a Historic Area garden. The program is at 10:30 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays through Oct. 29. No ticket or reservation is needed for this program.

At Bassett Hall, take a walk in the gardens of Colonial Williamsburg benefactor John D. Rockefeller Jr. and his wife, Abby, at the couple’s Williamsburg home. A Bassett Hall interpreter will share stories about the family’s visits to Williamsburg in the spring and fall in the 1930s and ‘40s, and discuss the flora and fauna they loved to see there. Learn more about the creative landscape architect who designed the gardens and the events the unfolded under the “Great Oak.” The tour takes place at 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 1-29.

A Colonial Williamsburg admissions ticket or Good Neighbor Card provides access to these programs.

A two-story 18th-century frame house near Colonial Williamsburg's Capitol, Bassett Hall is set on a 585-acre tract of woodlands. In addition to the home, the property includes a teahouse and three original outbuildings: a smokehouse, kitchen and dairy.

Bassett Hall is located at 522 E. Francis St. and is open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at

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