June 28 - Maryland

Thursday, June 28  - Members $124/Non-members $139

Departure 8:00 AM   Return   7:00 PM

Registration Flyer (Accessibility Alert: Stairs, Uneven Sidewalk)

Morning: Arrive at the Hampton National Historical Site. 
Hampton Mansion

Your National Park Service guide explains

  • the establishment of the original 1500 acre estate. 
  • the construction & Georgian architecture of the Hampton Mansion,  a "palace in the wilderness."
  • the history of the heirs, their contributions to iron production, timbering, farming and shipping.
  • the post-Civil War transition from the family's enterprises to a refined stately home,  with numerous "out buildings," artifacts, gardens & small cemetery, all open to the community for enjoyment.


 Midday: Deli-style catered lunch & LaDew Topiary Garden

Enjoy a light deli-style lunch.
Hosted tour of the Manor House at LaDew.
Self-guided tour of the two dozen unique "Garden Rooms."
Admire the beautifully maintained and unusually crafted "topiaries."
From hounds in hot pursuit to a sailboat amid the water lilies..
  the topiaries at LaDew range from traditional & ornate to fun &  fanciful! 

gardens huntscene top

 


 

Late Afternoon:  Basignani Vineyard for our private tasting and appetizers

Sample the Basignani family wines.
Meet owner and "viticulturist" Bert Basignani whose family has Hershey roots.
Enjoy light appetizers as you sip and swirl.
Buy a bottle, or more!  

Come along to hear the rest of his story!  

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