Doors, Porches, and Gardens Tour Spring 2024

Olde Towne will be featured on the Garden Club of Virginia 90th Historic Garden Week on April 15, 2023.

Doors, Porches, and Gardens is a self-guided walking tour of Olde Towne Portsmouth’s hidden gems, secret gardens, and adorned porches and doors. This historic neighborhood dates back to 1740 and is the largest collection of historic homes between Alexandria, VA and Charleston, SC. Musical entertainment, historical re-enactors, and plein air artists will be performing for your enjoyment.

Doors, Porches, and Gardens tickets are $15. Tickets are available to purchase online and at local High St. retailers. Children 10 and younger are free.

Check-in at Court Street Baptist Church and pick-up your map and a schedule of events. The tour is self-guided and may be completed at your own pace. Free parking is available on Court Street, in the Middle Street Garage, or at any of the city lots.

During your visit, stroll through our Farmers Market at St. John’s Episcopal Church, be inspired at Anderson-Wright Rooms & Gardens, purchase a bouquet at Olde Towne Flower Co., and tour the Hill House Museum and enjoy their gardens for an additional entrance fee. Homes for sale in Olde Towne will have open houses during this event. A list of open houses may be picked up on the day of the event.

Portsmouth Olde Towne Farmers Market is open just about every Saturday at 10:00 AM. The market features local vendors with fresh veggies, meats, seafood, arts and crafts items, and more! Anderson-Wright Rooms and Gardens is an amazing place to inspire your next garden project. Their courtyard is stunning and not to be missed. It’s Portsmouth’s most popular garden shop. Take home a fresh cut bouquet from Olde Towne Flower Co.’s flower farm. This 4,000 sq. foot urban plot is located in Olde Towne. They follow organic practices and utilize small space high intensity flower farming. Come check out the Hill House gardens and meet “Lizzy Hill,” one of the Hill sisters who lived in the house and who was known for her gardening expertise. Step back in time and tour the Hill House Museum for an additional $5.

This event is sponsored by Olde Towne Portsmouth Civic League. 
Questions? Please check our FAQs.
Special THANK YOU to our Volunteers, Court Street Baptist Church, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Monumental United Methodist Church, and Wawa Foundation!

Online ticket sales close on Friday. Tickets will be sold in-person only on Saturday.

Gardens will close at 4:00 PM. 

Please arrive at least one hour prior to closing.

Olde Towne Portsmouth Civic League , the City of Portsmouth, and homeowners are not responsible for any injury, theft, or issue during this event. By purchasing a ticket, you assume responsibility of the aforementioned.

Doors, Porches, and Gardens 2021

Photography by Matt Hildreth

Doors, Porches, and Gardens 2019