Saturday June 4
The Trip to West Virginia, Virginia and to Mount Vernon will be for seven nights and eight day on the road we plan to travel secondary road most all the way. Each day will be around 200 miles with one day at 260 miles. We plan to drive the Shenandoah National Park on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Here is the route that I plan on taking. (1,693 miles total)
Route for Day 1 233 miles
Plan to stop at Quailcrest Farms
2810 Armstrong Rd.
Wooster, Oh 44691
Welcome to Quailcrest Farm,
Come See All That's New !!!
Holiday Hours start Nov. 28th
We will close at 2:00 pm Christmas Eve and
A long lane welcomes visitors to the shop, greenhouse and more than twenty five gardens.
The gardens are an ongoing project begun in 1957 when the family moved to the
dairy farm. What was once fields and meadows has become a patchwork of gardens
to entice and intrigue. Visit us and take a delightful walking tour among the
gardens, some special ones to us are...
The Tea House Garden
The Tea House Garden began as a garden we created for Floralscape, the Cleveland Botanical Garden's flower and garden show for many years. Beautiful in spring with giant allium, anemone blanda and euphorbia polychroma, look for heliopsis and acanthus to pop up in the summer and Russian sage, Japanese anemone and, in the fall plumbago.
The 1800's Schoolhouse was originally a smoke house that had stood at a
nearby farm. Using the original bricks, trusses and size, including the window
openings and lintels, it was reconstructed here. We added a fireplace for
comfort and warmth. The schoolhouse now contains a collection of early antiques
of the era. Surrounding it are a variety of old fashioned plants: itea, lilac,
southern magnolia, fothergilla, crab apple and herbs such as artemesia,
lavender, bouncing bet and thyme.
Formal Herb Garden
The formal Herb Garden was constructed in 1986 and is flanked by a bench on each end with climbing roses and clematis paniculata. Mints are grown in terra cotta tiles. There is a scented geranium bed, 21 thyme species, 10-20 rosemary varieties, a bed of culinary herbs and a border of lavender. In the center is a knot of germander, Varder Valley boxwood and Crimson Pygmy barberry.
You will also find several gardens with water as a focal point. Great for garden planning or simply relaxing is a wisteria covered sitting area.
Bring a picnic lunch, a book or a sketch pad and spend as long as you like in
the serenity of our gardens.
Gardening Groups or Gatherings
The gardens are an enjoyable and educational destination for garden groups.
Garden tours at Quailcrest are self guided for each member's pace, Tuesday
through Saturday, during business hours. Our picnic pavilion and gallery are
available for groups and gatherings by reservation, as well as gourmet box
lunches (menu available upon request for groups of 12 or more). Quailcrest is
the perfect setting for small group seminars, meetings, showers, creative
workshops or holiday parties.
Overlooking the magnificent Killbuck Valley, Quailcrest Farm has emerged from a century-old dairy farm to a family nursery with a modern approach.
The Bruch family has owned Quailcrest Farm since 1957, and the business itself has been in existence for 32 years. Things have evolved over the years, but they have always maintained their core of quality products.
The Garden Barn houses a 12,400-square-foot greenhouse where they specialize in perennials, annuals, trees, shrubs, old-fashioned roses and herbs (an extensive selection of herbs, to be sure). The Quailcrest staff believe they grow the best-quality plants and the largest variety of them in the area. And they will even help you plan your garden. Just bring in some pictures of your garden area, and they'll work with you.
The gift shop is also located in the Garden Barn, where a large selection of garden adornments and housewares are displayed among antique cupboards and tables.
The 30 acres of grounds and gardens at Quailcrest are exquisite and compare to none others in the area. About 25 different garden settings are scattered among the grounds. These settings display mature plantings which illustrate how your garden may look a few years from now when your new plants have grown.
The grounds and gardens at Quailcrest have seen many beautiful outdoor weddings. What a great venue for that special day! The grounds are also available for group picnics and events. Actually, you're more than welcome to bring a picnic anytime, plop down on a blanket and spend some time enjoying the scenery before or after shopping!
The Tracy Barn, another structure at Quailcrest, has a rich history. This 1840 barn was originally a horse barn in downtown Orrville, about 15 miles to the east. It was then moved to the Walter Tracy homestead south of Orrville near US 30 where it remained for many years. In 2000, the 2,500-square-foot barn was dismantled and moved once again, this time to Quailcrest. It housed the gift shop for awhile, but has now been transformed into an event center, ready for wedding receptions, showers, meetings and other occasions. The center will seat up to 160 people at round tables.
The 150-year-old brick Old Schoolhouse from Golden Corners (at the intersection of Ohio 83 and 604) is also on the property. After its use as a schoolhouse, it was a smoke house. It looks beautiful among the gardens.
New at Quailcrest is The Potting Shed. This means "no mess, no fuss and no hassle" for you. Sounds good, huh? You pay for the plants, accessories and dirt; you do the potting; you leave the mess for them to clean up! How much simpler can it get? Well, if you prefer, you can bring in your empty containers and they'll do the potting. Talk about convenient! According to the staff, container gardening has really become popular in the past several years. It is the answer for those with limited space and those who have a hard time gardening a large area.
Many events occur at Quailcrest that are definitely worth attending. For instance, between Thanksgiving and Christmas, Quailcrest serves lunch in the 130-year-old farmhouse. A delightful fare of soup and bread are served near the fireplace ... a wonderful treat as the snow flies! Reservations are required, however.
The annual Spring Garden Fair will be June 9 and 10 this year (2007), from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. This is a garden-oriented craft fair with food and music. More than 2,000 visitors usually attend the fair.
In the fall, Quailcrest's 27th annual Herb Fair will be held on September 8, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. There will be approximately 75 craft exhibitors selling gourds, baskets, rugs, jewelry and much, much more. Once again, there will be food and music, too.
Two more upcoming events are the Quailcrest Family of Friends Dog Walk on September 15, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and the Christmas Open House on November 10 and 11. Be sure to mark your calendars.
Workshops are held on site throughout the year. Several upcoming ones include "Let's Get Potted on a Saturday Morning," May 12 and 19, at 9:30 a.m. (bring your pot to plant); the "Herb Talk and Walk" with Libby Bruch, on June 15 at 1:30 p.m.; and "Fresh Herb Wreath," June 19 at 10:30 a.m. Reservations are needed for all workshops and they must be prepaid. Check the Web site (below) for dates and times of more workshops.
A visit to Quailcrest is a must. Although every season has its fascination, spring -- the time of planting -- is the best. So get your green thumb ready to go, take advantage of all Quailcrest has to offer and get planting!
Quailcrest Farm -- 2810 Armstrong Rd., Wooster, OH 44691 (turn W off SR 83, a few miles N of Wooster), (330) 345-6722, http://www.quailcrest.com; extended spring planting hours: Mon.-Fri., 9-6; Sat., 9-5; Sun., noon-5; after June 10, hours are Tue.-Sat., 9-5.
We have created an entire "National Treasure Tour" where visitors can take an hour-long walking tour that includes behind-the-scenes information about areas where "National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets" filming took place and how these locations were used during George Washington's time, including the basement! These popular tours sell out quickly so please plan ahead! For more information, click
Please note that the slave quarters are currently closed for restoration.
Mount Vernon is the most popular historic estate in America. Located just 16 miles south of Washington, D.C. and 8 miles south of Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, the plantation rests on the banks of the Potomac River.
Visitors are invited to tour the Mansion house and more than a dozen outbuildings including the slave quarters, kitchen, stables, and greenhouse. Stroll four different gardens, hike the Forest Trail, and explore the George Washington: Pioneer Farmer site, a four-acre working farm that includes a re-creation of Washington's 16-sided treading barn. George and Martha Washington rest in peace in the tomb where wreath laying ceremonies are held daily, and the Slave Memorial and Burial Ground is nearby.
The Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center and the Ford Orientation Center include 25 new theaters and galleries that tell the detailed story of George Washington's life. More than 500 original artifacts, eleven History Channel videos, and immersion theater experiences illuminate the remarkable story of the first American hero.
Plan to spend at least several hours touring Mount Vernon. You will discover plenty of activities to fill an entire day, but many visitors plan to see all Mount Vernon offers with a return trip. Visit the "Insider's Tips" page for more touring suggestions.
Mount Vernon was the beloved home of George and Martha Washington from the time of their marriage in 1759 until General Washington's death in 1799. He worked tirelessly to expand his plantation from 2,000 acres to 8,000 and the mansion house from six rooms to twenty one.
The Mount Vernon Ladies' Association purchased Mount Vernon from the Washington family in 1858 and opened the estate to the public in 1860. Since that time, nearly 80 million visitors have toured Washington's home. Mount Vernon is independent of the government and no tax dollars are expended to support the 500-acre estate, its educational programs or activities.
National Treasure Tour
The National Treasure 2 Tour is available daily starting March 1, 2010. It is offered 4 times per day with a maximum of 20 people per tour. A portion of the available tickets are offered in advance. The remainder are sold at the ticket window the day of the tour. Tickets are required for each person on the tour. The tour is sold-out if the date desired does not allow you to add it to your shopping cart.
Please thoughtfully consider your choices. All Sales are Final and Non-Refundable. Please plan to arrive early for Daytime Tours. You will need 10-15 minutes to walk to the Mansion Circle to meet your tour under the Magnolia . Due to the nature of Daytime Tours, late arrivals cannot be accommodated.
All attendees must have a National Treasure Tour ticket.
Admission times are non-specific estimates. Daytime Tour times are specific. Daily Mansion Tours are first come, first serve.