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Christ Church Tour of Homes and Gardens

Saturday March 15th, 2008. (55th Annual)

3rd Saturday in March.

The Annual Tour of Homes and Gardens on St. Simons Island and Sea Island seems to crown the Spring season on these two magnificent coastal barrier islands. This annual event, sponsored by the Episcopal Church Women of the historic Christ Church, Frederica, has been described as one of the premier tours in the entire Southeast.

Visitors will be treated to homes and gardens on both Islands featuring styles ranging from low-country, old south plantations to old world European estates. In addition to the elegant homes so generously opened for this special event, tour stops will include Musgrove Plantation; Wesley Memorial Gardens and Christ Church. Each stop on the tour will offer something unique, either through itsÕ architecture, location, decoration or landscaping. Homes are an extremely important aspect to the grandeur of the surrounding area and homeowners go to great lengths to feature and highlight the natural setting of oaks, marsh and beach.

Perhaps one of the most popular stops is the historic Christ Church itself. Founded in 1736 by General James Oglethorpe and Charles Wesley, it was rebuilt in 1884 after the Civil War by The Reverend A.G.P. Dodge, Jr. in memory of his first wife. Refreshments are always served in the Parish House by the members of the congregation and make a relaxing break in the day. Many ladies take the opportunity to purchase the church cookbook, which in addition to featuring many favorite island recipes, showcases stunning photographs of the churchÕs stained glass windows and a lovely hard cover of an original watercolor by local artist Betty Lowe.

The tour has historically been very successful and the money raised has been turned back into the community in support of charitable, educational and Christian organizations. The women of Christ Church work tirelessly to present an elegant, yet fun-filled event.

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