Seven Panhandle homes on tour

April 27, 2006|by JULIE E. GREENE

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Shenandoah-Potomac Garden Council's 51st annual House & Garden Tour features a Martinsburg cottage garden that is a "jewel" and three homes on the same property in Shepherdstown, W.Va., the council president says.

Three of the four Shepherdstown homes on the tour - Vandalia, The Cliff House and Boidestone's Place - are on the property of John Allen, says Giulia Tencalla, president of the garden council.

One of those homes, Vandalia, was recently completed, she says. The house "stands as an homage to Jefferson County's rich architectural heritage," according to tour information at

The house's interior has features inspired by local historic homes. The living room mantel was copied from the Alms House near Leetown, W.Va., according to tour information.


The Berkeley County and Jefferson County houses and gardens on this year's tour are:

  • The Briggs-Tusing House, 1164 Washington St., Bolivar, W.Va.

  • Boidestone's Place, 928 Vandalia Lane, Shepherds-town, W.Va.

  • The Cliff House, 928 Vandalia Lane, Shepherdstown.

  • Vandalia, 928 Vandalia Lane, Shepherdstown.

  • Hillbrook Farm, 801 Turner Road, Shepherdstown

  • H.C. Berry House, 600 S. Queen St., Martinsburg, W.Va.

  • The Yellow Cottage, 1312 W. King St., Martinsburg

Money raised from the tour will go toward beautification projects, Tencalla says. Past projects funded by garden tour proceeds include landscaping at South Jefferson Public Library in Summit Point, W.Va., and projects at local schools, hospitals and nursing homes, Tencalla says.

If you go ...

WHAT: 2006 House and Garden Tour sponsored by Shenandoah-Potomac Garden Council

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 29, and Sunday, April 30

WHERE: Various homes and gardens 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.

MORE: Booklets for the tour are available at each house on the days of the tour.

Brochures listing the homes and their addresses are available at Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, 29 Keyes Ferry Road, Suite 200, in Charles Town, W.Va. The Martinsburg-Berkeley County Convention & Visitors Bureau at 229A E. Martin St., Martinsburg, W.Va., also had a list of the houses and their addresses.

For more information, call Giulia Tencalla at 1-304-728-6796 or go to

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