Celebrate Thomas Jefferson’s 271st birthday and gear up for Virginia’s Historic Garden Week with the Virginia Beach Historic Houses on Sunday, April 13, at 3 p.m. at the Francis Land House. Peter Hatch, award-winning author and director of gardens and grounds emeritus for the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, will speak about Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden. Admission is $15.
Jefferson once wrote, "No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden.” Discover more about Jefferson the gardener, landscape designer and naturalist. Learn about the painstaking restoration of Monticello’s gardens under Hatch’s supervision. Hatch will be available to sign copies of his book, “A Rich Spot of Earth: Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden,” which will be available at the presentation for $40.
The Francis Land House, 3131 Virginia Beach Blvd., was built circa 1805 and served as the residence of Francis Moseley Land, a wealthy and prominent plantation owner in Princess Anne County. Call (757) 385-5100 or 460-7109 for information, or visit www.museumsvb.org.
About the Virginia Beach Historic Houses:
The Virginia Beach Historic Houses include the Francis Land House, Adam Thoroughgood House and Lynnhaven House. Along with the Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Museum, the historic houses are owned and operated by the City of Virginia Beach Department of Museums. The department provides stewardship of the city’s historic resources, as well as programs to educate the community about local history.
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