The Home & Garden Day Tour, held annually to benefit children's and adult literacy programs at the Bayard Taylor Library, is scheduled for Saturday, June 2, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be a celebration of historic architecture.
For a young country, we have great respect for our early history, much of which stretches along the eastern seaboard. The William Penn grant of 1681 is the basis of our local fascination - King Charles II made the grant in repayment of a debt owed to Penn's father. Unlike other grants to companies such as the Massachusetts Bay Company, this grant was a proprietary grant to an individual. The circumstances permitted William Penn to establish a charter in 1701 granting freedom of religion to new Protestant settlers, primarily the Quakers who were persecuted in England.
The families who were able to establish themselves successfully remained in their homesteads for many generations and their descendents continue to populate our area. Today's homeowners have both pride in and appreciation for the historic architecture developed here. It is the authenticity they have been able to maintain that we celebrate on our tour this year.
Tickets for the tour are $35 and can be purchased at the library or online at www.bayardtaylor.org . Tickets can also be purchased for a buffet lunch catered by Hood's of Unionville, and served in the historic surroundings of Birmingham Friends Meeting.