Historic Green Garden to Open for Public Tours

The Mosby Heritage Area Association will offer a rare opening of the historic Green Garden property—a famous antebellum hunt country home near Upperville—on Sunday, April 3.

The tour of the National Historic Register of Places site is part of a Civil War program beginning with tales by regional historians.

The program begins at 2 p.m. at Buchanan Hall, 8549 John Mosby Highway. The 70-minute program will be followed by a car trip to Green Garden, at 22439 Greengarden Road, in Upperville, where participants will enjoy a welcome reception and tour.

Green Garden dates from 1833, with the central columned portion built in 1846. It is known to posterity because of its role as a safe house, providing protection and a safe base for Mosby’s Rangers, several of whom lived at Green Garden during the Civil War. Two of those rangers knew the house particularly well—then-owner Jesse Richards’ sons Adolphus (“Dolly”) and Thomas. The house still contains its legendary “hidey hole,” used by the Rangers for rapid escape when necessary.

Speakers at Buchanan Hall include Childs Burden, president and co-founder of the Mosby Heritage Area Association, who will give a lively talk on the cavalry campaign at Aldie-Middleburg-Upperville in June 1863; Gettysburg National Military Park Superintendent Ed W. Clark; and Gettysburg Foundation President Joanne M. Hanley. Others will speak on the action at Vineyard Hill (location of Buchanan Hall) and the safe house experience at Green Garden.

The event is co-hosted by the Gettysburg Foundation. Tickets are $30 for MHAA members or $40 for non-members, and include refreshments at Green Garden. Proceeds will support MHAA’s education program that sends professionals into regional classrooms with a local history and preservation message. To reserve, call 540-687-6681.

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