People Line Up to Tour Esmont Farm Home for VA Garden Week

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Some people spent their Sunday touring historic homes in southern Albemarle County as part the statewide Garden Week.

Guests lined up to get a sneak peek inside the Esmont Farm Home, built between 1816 and 1819. The current owner did a full restoration in 1999, which is the last time this location was open for Historic Garden Week.

Redlands Farm and Bellair Farm CSA were also open for ticket holders to explore.

“These properties are incredible. There's so much history,” said Charlotteville-Albemarle tour chair Gail Hoerr. “This year the tour is really focused on the history and the land, than perennial gardens. I mean the gardens are beautiful obviously, but there's a lot of rich history because these are all Jefferson-heir properties.”

The southern Albemarle homes will be open rain or shine for tours Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Proceeds from ticket sales go toward restoring properties across the state.