Towards the end of last month we drove an hour-and-a-half to the garden. It was our first mini road trip in a very long time. To reach here you head for The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, which we have visited only three times over the years. However, we have never been to the garden next door, and now we are more able to get out and about, I asked Gregg if he would like a road trip. I don't have to ask twice thankfully, as he is always eager to point the car over the next green hill.
At the other end of this pretty green area, is the Glen Burnie House. This is what I found on line: "It sits on land that Winchester founder James wood surveyed, claimed and then settled in 1735. The oldest portions of the house were built by Wood's son Robert in 1794 and 1797."
"In the 1950s the 214-acre property came to be owned by a Wood descendant, Julian Wood Glass Jr. Glass preserved and renovated his ancestral home from 1958 to 1959. Then aided by his partner at the time, R. Lee Taylor, he transformed the house into an opulent country retreat surrounded by six acres of formal gardens, and furnished with one of the most remarkable private collections of decorative arts ever assembled in the Shenandoah Valley."
"After his death a condition of his will stipulated that the house and gardens were to be opened to the public on a seasonal basis in 1997. They are now an important part of this year-round regional history museum complex known as the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley."