Mr. and Mrs. Lewis opened their home for the Virginia Beach Resort Tour portion of Historic Garden Week in Virginia, 1981. 1981 was the 48th consecutive year that the Garden Club of Virginia held the event. "Every April, visitors are welcomed to more than 250 of Virginia's most beautiful gardens, homes and historic landmarks during 'America's Largest Open House.' Historic Garden Week provides visitors a unique opportunity to see unforgettable gardens at the peak of Virginia's springtime color, as well as beautiful houses sparkling with fabulous flower arrangements"--Garden Club of Virginia website. Tour proceeds fund the restoration and preservation of Virginia's historic gardens.
Contents. 1 bound presentation copy of Historic Garden Week in Virginia, April 18-26, 1981 -- Envelope 1: magazine article ("Bedlam between the garden gates" by Claudia Turner Bagwell. Published April 1981 in Commonwealth times magazine, p. 20-21) ; handwritten letter of thanks to Don and Beverly Lewis, dated April 25, 1981, from Mary Whit Haycox, chairman, thanking them for opening their home for Historic Garden Week -- Envelope 2: List of hostesses for the Lewis Home (1 leaf) ; 4 color photographs of the Lewis home and family, dated September 1980 [sic] and 2 photographic negatives of same in envelope "from Bill Kavanek"--Historic Garden Week Brochure (folded to 8 x 16 cm.) with the Lewis home on the cover. It includes details of the Virginia Beach Resort Area Tour and the Princess Anne Tour.
The presentation copy of Historic Garden Week in Virginia, April 18-26, 1981 is inscribed to: "Mr and Mrs. Lewis with deep appreciation of the Historic Garden Week Activities," and signed by Sallie L. Harrison, chairman. It includes the complete schedule of tours and other events during the week, organized by location throughout the state. Listings include address, owner's name, history, and special features of the home and grounds for each property.