Agecroft Hall Virginia
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UK visitors will certainly experience a feeling of déjà vu and being back on home soil at Agecroft Hall, because standing on the banks of the James River is this truly remarkable Tudor estate. Originally built in Lancashire in the late 15th century, Agecroft fell into disrepair and was sold at auction in 1925. Richmonder Thomas C. Williams gave Agecroft a magnificent new lease of life in more ways than one when he bought the manor house, had it dismantled, crated and shipped across the Atlantic before painstakingly reassembling the building in its original splendour.
In keeping with the manor, Agecroft Hall’s grounds reflect the order and opulence of English country gardens. Designed by noted landscape architect Charles Gillette, the fragrant garden blooms with Elizabethan aromatics and the sunken garden, based on the pond garden at Hampton Court Palace, bursts with the colours of many annuals.
A walk through these gardens really feels like a stroll back in time, with the elaborately clipped herbs of the knot garden, a collection of exotic plants once recorded by Kent-born botanist and gardener John Tradescant the Younger - who visited Virginia between 1628-1637 to collect plants - plus a medicinal, flavouring and aromatic herb garden.
The gardens are open year-round, from 10am to 4pm Tuesday to Saturday, and 12.30pm to 5pm on Sunday. Closed on Mondays and national holidays. Admission, which includes an introductory film and guided tour of the house, is $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and $4 for children.