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On Saturday my mom, aunt, and cousin toured five homes in Staunton’s historic “Gospel Hill”. The homes were open as a part of the Garden Club of Virginia’s annual historic garden week, held each April in Virginia. “Gospel Hill” got its name because a prominent citizen in the area, a blacksmith, held revival services at his shop.
We started our tour at 232 East Beverly Street. This home was destroyed by fire in 1869 and rebuilt in 1870. The current owners purchased the home in 2006, did significant renovations, and the home home suffered a catastrophic fire. The homeowners did a second renovation after the fire. The owners of this house operate a bed and breakfast using their third floor.
Interior photos were not allowed on the tour which I hate because the garden club ladies made spectacular arrangements for each home and I would love to share pictures of them with you. It seems a shame that their hard work can’t be enjoyed after the tour through photographs.
We next toured 305 East Beverly Street, a 1912 Georgian Revival designed by Sam Collins of T. J. Collins architectural firm. (Many, many houses in Staunton and Augusta County are a T. J. Collins design.)
Be sure to come back tomorrow for the second part of the tour!
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