Back Alley Gardens & An Elegant Tea Party
Gardens Open Rain or Shine
Enjoy the opportunity to stroll through private outdoor spaces of over twenty homes in historic Shepherdstown. Small details from the past are evident everywhere — two hundred year old carriage steps, one hundred year old iron fences and very old stone walls accent structures both old and new, restored, reworked, and renewed, lovingly, over time. Some gardens are professionally designed and some are intensely personal but all are interesting and innovative. We have large and small formal gardens, urban gardens and small unexpected plantings to welcome you.
The little stream we call the Town Run rushes merrily along its stone lined course, originating south of town and flowing north into the Potomac River, cutting through gardens, creating a natural water feature often ingeniously integrated into the garden designs.
Afternoon tea is held from 12 noon to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the War Memorial Building, 102 E. German Street. Each tour purchase is good for entrance to one tea service on either day, but not both. The hot teas are served in fine china cups and saucers. Cold tea is also served. Everyone is given a plate with savory bites and desserts of their choosing.
The tea and some of the gardens are wheelchair accessible. Because of the historic conditions throughout the town, there are some uneven surfaces. Please wear sensible walking shoes and be careful.
A Garden Boutique Marketplace and Art Exhibit and Sale will take place in the War Memorial Building.
There will be free parking at Shepherd University, Lot A, on the corner of High and Princess Streets.