Spring Garden Fest at Antietam Farm an opportunity for visitors to get gardening

May 19, 2012|By ROXANN MILLER |
  • Antietam Historical Association members Dorothy Kirk, front, and Shirley Zeigler take a carriage ride during Saturday's Spring Garden Fest at Antietam Farm on Lyons Road in Waynesboro to benefit the historical association.
By Roxann Miller

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Antietam Historical Association held its second annual Spring Garden Fest at Antietam Farm on Lyons Road on Saturday.

The event is a fundraiser for the historical association.

“Not only is it an opportunity for visitors to get gardening and landscaping ideas but also it helps raise funds for the historical association,” said Todd Dorsett, event coordinator and vice president of the association.

Each year, the Spring Garden Fest is held at a different location, and Dorsett said the home doesn’t have to be historic, only have a beautiful landscape.

The association was hoping to raise $1,000 to benefit the annual operation expenses of the historical association. Dorsett said it costs about $3,000 annually to operate the association.

Kathy LaRoche of Waynesboro and her husband enjoyed the harp music at the event.

“We thought it would be fun to come and see the beautiful surroundings,” LaRoche said. “It’s gorgeous. It’s just beautiful. As you walk up, you’re kind of awestruck at how beautiful it is.”

With more than 77 acres of land to take in, all Angela Rocks Shriver of Waynesboro could say was that the property was gorgeous.

“I think this place is delightful,” she said as ice cream was served to her while she relaxed with a few friends listening to harp music.

Her friend, Marie Digiammarino of Waynesboro, was happy that the $10 admission fee was donated to the historical association.

“I love being out on a beautiful day, and I love flowers,” she said.

Knowing that the admission fee goes to the historical association was important to Mary Rocks of Waynesboro.

“I just love the property, and I think it’s important to know your history. To know where you came from makes life interesting,” Rocks said.

The home is owned by Allen and Mary Alice Baumgardner, who purchased the mansion farm in 1977. The home dates to the mid-19th century.

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