Farm Tour 2014

IMG_9710_edited-2Please join us JUNE 14, 2014 for the Fifth Annual Grace Church Historic Farm Tour.

VOLUNTEERS FOR THE CHILDREN’S AREA CAN SIGN UP HERE!

“the farm tour was completely charming and innovative. It brought back all of the good things I had forgotten about country churches… all reminders that we are a community”…
– quote from an actual Farm Tour Visitor

History speaks to us through this beautiful place we call Albemarle County and invites us to listen and dream back to American life in the early 1700’s… For the 5th time, we ask that you join Grace Church’s Farm Tour Committee and our generous Keswick neighbors as we welcome our many guests to a special day in the country and a peek of what lies “beyond the gates”, those rock walls and those tree lined paths leading to some of Virginia’s most respected historical farms.

Grace Church will host its 5th Annual Historic Farm Tour – beyond the gates and Country Fair on June 14, 2014. Farm gates will open, the Church grounds will transform to an earlier era Country Fair featuring local artisans, food vendors, and foot tapping music, jugglers, children activities and 4H livestock presentations.

Our “Historic Farm Tour – beyond the gates” and “Country Fair” have generated over $150,000 to benefit those less fortunate in our community. Join us this year to celebrate our community and share our message of hope “beyond the gates”.

The origin of Grace Church’s Historic Farm Tour – “Beyond the Gates” can be traced back to March of 2009. The “great recession” was on us, our Annual Meeting just completed and a small group of parishioners gathered to brainstorm “how might Grace Church generate the needed funding to advance its many Outreach Ministries” without impacting the Church’s general operating budget. Our Outreach needs were at their highest, and Grace was no longer able to serve the less fortunate in its local community.

Early in our process, we learned that our situation wasn’t unique; we found many parishes of similar size to Grace reaching outside their walls to raise funds to support their Outreach Ministries. We were very fortunate to have a family worshiping with us that relocated from Northern Virginia and who had been involved in Trinity Episcopal Church’s very successful Hunt Country Stable Tour, and the Diocese of Virginia quickly introduced us to other Parishes that were presenting successful fundraising initiatives.

Our inaugural “Grace Church Historic Farm Tour – Beyond the Gates” officially open its doors to thousands of visitors traveling to Central Virginia on June 19, 2010. Over 100 Grace Volunteers served as hosts at the Keswick Hunt Club and the 5 beautiful farms resting beyond those gates, those rock and hedge walls and down those tree lined paths that first year.

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“the farm tour was completely charming and innovative. It brought back all of the good things I had forgotten about country churches… all reminders that we are a community”…
– quote from an actual Farm Tour Visitor