Tour features beautiful homes in W.Va. Panhandle

April 21, 2005|by JULIE E. GREENE

The Shenandoah-Potomac Garden Council's 50th anniversary house and garden tour features several outstanding historical homes and one newer home, said Donna Miller, president.

The 2005 House and Garden Tour this weekend consists of nine homes in Berkeley and Jefferson counties in West Virginia. Docents will lead tours of the homes and gardens.

Money raised from the tour goes toward beautification projects in the two Eastern Panhandle counties, Miller said. Two years ago, 110 trees were planted to beautify South Jefferson Ballpark in Summit Point, W.Va., to provide shade and windbreak.


To mark the 50th anniversary, Wendy Kedzierski compiled and edited "Shenandoah House & Garden: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of House and Garden Tours," which will be on sale for $20 at homes on the tour, organizers said. The book can be ordered for $25.

Homes on the tour are:

· Marshy Dell near Gerrardstown, W.Va. The log house was built about 1774 with a log addition constructed about 1880. The owner, John Douglas Miller, is a direct descendent of Gilbert McKown, the Scotch-Irish immigrant who built the original home along Mill Creek.

· The Old Stone House, one of the oldest houses in Martinsburg, W.Va.

· Amos Nichols House near Martinsburg.

· The Log Barn Home behind the Amos Nichols House was relocated from Lost River, W.Va., in 1996.

· Anne Light House, built around 1811, has been extensively renovated in recent years.

· The Kemnitzer House, a 1790 red brick Federal style house in Shepherdstown.

· The Hill in the Charles Town, W.Va., area. The property was owned by Charles Washington, who founded Charles Town and was the brother of George Washington. Gen. Sheridan used The Hill as his headquarters during a Civil War winter.

· Cloverdale Heights near Charles Town. The Victorian-style home was custom built in 1984 and enlarged in 2004. The owners, Sam and Tami Bellotte, have collected various art and artifacts during their travels.

· Kaplon-Stowell House in Harpers Ferry, W.Va. The 1908 home features ragged walls with stencils, tin ceilings and textured sidewalks.

If you go ...

WHAT: 2005 House and Garden Tour sponsored by Shenandoah-Potomac Garden Council.

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 23, and Sunday, April 24.

WHERE: Various homes in Berkeley and Jefferson counties in West Virginia.

COST: Tickets for the entire tour are $18 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger. Admission to a single home is $6 for adults and $3 for children. Tickets can be purchased at any of the homes on the tour. Brochures listing the homes and their addresses are available at the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, 201 Frontage Road in Charles Town, W.Va., or at the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Convention and Visitors Bureau, 229A E. Martin St., Martinsburg, W.Va.

CONTACT: For more information, call Donna Miller at 1-304-263-7993, or send e-mail to, or call Nancy Spencer at 1-304-535-2591.

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