Across Stanly County, the arrival of spring brings an explosion of floral landscapes and the return of outdoor living.
To celebrate the beauty and history of Albemarle and Stanly County, the Stanly County Historical Society will host a benefit tour of the courtyard and garden from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 30.
Proceeds from this rain or shine event will fund educational programs and preservation initiatives of the Stanly County Historical Society, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
This self-guided tour will provide access to 10 private and public courtyard and garden spaces spanning from Albemarle to Richfield that will inspire gardeners of all skill levels.
The tour includes a variety of garden spaces, including DIY landscapes, restored formal gardens, and centuries-old family farmhouses.
Tourist sites 9 and 10 are located on rolling farmland owned by the Lipe family since 1870.
Site 9, at 37767 Pauls Crossing Road, Richfield, is the home of Ed and Nancy Lipe.
Ed grew up on the farm helping his grandparents and their sons raise livestock and crops using their WD45 tractor.
In 2002, Ed and Nancy chose the site for their new home and oriented the location of the house to best celebrate the sunsets from the back patio and porch, however, building in a farm field meant that there would be no standing trees other than two black walnut trees at the rear of the property. The house and pool were completed in 2005.
A hobby winemaker since 2008, Ed cultivates the front yard vines and has tried several varietals of American hybrids and vinifera grapes with some success.
In 2021, he combines the grape varieties with Seyval Blanc (white grapes) and Chamborcin (red/purple grapes). Features of this idyllic outdoor living space include a garden gate handcrafted from reclaimed wood from Ed’s grandfather’s shop, whimsical artwork, an in-ground pool, pergola and workshop. of artist.
Site 10, at 37684 Pauls Crossing Road, Richfield, is the home of Tom and Anne Lipe.
Tom and Anne are the fourth generation to reside in the family property built around 1870.
They embarked on a full house restoration in 2012 and began their full-time residency after retiring in 2018.
Tom’s mother Margaret was a keen gardener and together with her husband Thomas planted a myriad of daffodils and irises on the property.
Tom and Anne have restored the century-old flower garden with a new stone border rebuilt by local stonemason, Randy Almond.
During the summer growing season, Anne enjoys tending a small raised vegetable garden of fragrant lavender, basil, parsley and oregano. Their screened porch provides a view of the flower garden, seasonal crops and fruit trees surrounding the farm.
Advance $15 wristband tickets are available at the Stanly County History Center, 157 N. Second St., Albemarle, or by mail order at the Stanly County Historical Society, PO Box 1384, Albemarle, NC 28002.
Prepaid mail orders will take place at the calling station at 1852 Isaiah Snuggs House, 112 N. Third St., Albemarle, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Wristband tickets for $20 can be purchased on the day of the visit. at the Snuggs house.
All ticket sales are non-refundable donations.
Direct inquiries to Stanlycountyhistory@gmail.com or call 704-986-3777.