The only practical time to tour Westover is Historic Garde Weekend when the hous is open. Admittedly, the hall and first floor rooms are open. Walking the garden and the view of the James River with the view far to the
west seeing the industrial complex near Hopewell is phenominal in contrast.
The drive from highway 5 is on a one lane dirt road which makes this all the more intriguing since one sees the farming operation. I am pleased this is not a typical plantation, at least not one with a huge cat on the visitor center counter and does not have the taxing hetic nature of Bush Gardens or a theme park. Westover is what it is, pure and simple and for one year the visit is a phenominal experience. My ancestory is from nearby Curles Neck (the Curle surname in mid 1600's) and John T Curl of the Tyree family at Lanexa, for me this is a special experience. The graveyard is equally intriguing for its age. I was pleased at this visit that the ghost aspect in house tour was not played up as last year when male tour guide went into a Shakespearean role about Evelyn haunting the gournds, ugh! Reality, charm, and history are rewarding enough, without recreating folktales. Westover is my favored location as photographer and poet.
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