The final House Tour

After 62 years, Trinity Episcopal Church to host its last-ever fall tradition

By Helen Williams
Special to the Rappahannock News

On October 20 and 21 of this year, the fall House Tour, sponsored by Trinity Episcopal Church, will present its 62nd final group of three houses to visitors.

Begun in 1956, this event was the only fall event in the county for decades, and the entire community worked to present the best of Rappahannock homes to guests from all over the mid-Atlantic.

From Milly’s Cabin, dated from 1739, and one of the oldest still standing structures in the county, to dramatic modern homes of glass and stone, the Tour has showcased almost three hundred years of domestic architecture: log cabins (both original and remodeled), old field stone buildings, brick manor houses, and everything in between.

Almost 200 homes have been visited, as well as 40 more for an afternoon tea, of homemade sandwiches, cookies, cakes and goodies of all kinds.

It has been an exciting 61 years, and it will soon be over, for this 62nd annual House Tour will be the last one. This year, the three houses include Mount Prospect in Washington built in the nineteenth century, a Jefferson inspired brick home on Fodderstack Road, and a newly completed home with dramatic vistas in Castleton.

There will also be a festive tea, at the Trinity Church Rectory (newly redecorated), on Mt. Salem Avenue, in Washington, on both days of the tour.

Details of the schedules are: tour houses are open on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday from noon until 4 p.m. Tea will be served both days from 2 to 4 p.m. Tickets are available at each house and at the Tour Headquarters at Trinity Church on Gay Street in Washington on Oct 20 and 21. Cost is $30 for all three houses, which includes tea. Individual houses may be seen for $15. The Inn at Little Washington, celebrating its 40th anniversary, will provide delicacies for the Tea. Trinity Church will be open for visitors both days.

On Sunday at 5 p.m., everyone is invited to a Harvest Festival Service at Trinity Church, with a reception following the service.

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