Visit some of the state's most beautiful houses

May 03, 2008

Some of the state's most spectacular gardens will be on display over the next three weekends as part of the 2008 Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, the public can visit 11 sites in Kent County, including Eastern Shore plantation homes and 19th-century townhouses in Chestertown.

Tomorrow, the tour comes to Baltimore's Mount Vernon district from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and includes Washington Monument and Four Parks, the Knabe House, 4 East Madison Inn, Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church, Asbury House, the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion and a restored 19th-century home on West Mount Vernon Place.

On May 10, homes and gardens in Calvert County will be on display, including restored farmhouses and contemporary waterfront properties. The tour also will include a visit to the Annmarie Garden, a 30-acre sculpture park and arts center associated with the Smithsonian Institution.

The tour continues in Washington County on May 17 and includes visits to a number of sites that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage concludes May 18 in Oella in Baltimore County. Among those properties on the tour are a number of 19th-century homes, as well as The Residences at Oella Mill, the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum and a working llama farm.

Tickets for each day's tour are $30 if purchased in advance, $35 on the day of the tour. Proceeds go to designated preservation projects in each host community. Call 410-821-6933 or go to mhgp.org.

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