The Mosby Heritage Area Association, a nonprofit preservation and education organization, will host a rare opening of historic Green Garden, a renowned antebellum hunt country home near Upperville, on Sunday, April 3.
The tour of the house will be part of a Civil War program beginning with five tales by regional historians. The program will begin at 2:00 p.m. at Buchanan Hall, 8549 John Mosby Highway (Rte. 50). The 70-minute program will be followed by a caravan to nearby Green Garden, 22439 Greengarden Road, Upperville, VA 20184, where attendees will have a welcome reception and tour of the home.
Green Garden, a National Historic Register site, dates from 1833; its columned main portion was built in 1846. The home is known for its role as a Mosby Safe House. Several of Mosby’s Rangers lived here during the Civil War, including then-owner Jesse Richards’ sons Adolphus (“Dolly”) and Thomas. Green Garden still has its legendary “hidey hole” used by Mosby’s Rangers for rapid escape.
The speakers at Buchanan Hall will include Childs Burden, 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.
Also speaking will be Gettysburg National Military Park Superintendent Ed W. Clark, as well as Gettysburg Foundation President Joanne M. Hanley. Other speakers will touch on the action at Vineyard Hill—the location of Buchanan Hall—and the safe house experience of Mosby’s Rangers at Green Garden.
This event is a fundraiser for the Mosby Heritage Area Association’s education program that sends professionals into classrooms in the region with local history and a preservation message. It will be co-hosted by the Gettysburg Foundation.
Tickets are $30 for MHAA members and $40 for non-members. Refreshments at Green Garden are included. Please telephone (540) 687-6681 for reservations.