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HISTORY OF THE HOUSE TOUR AND THE SALE

 

The Story of the Floral Art Sale

 

 

The idea of selling floral art began when the late Flossie Williamson returned from a trip to Williamsburg with a dried bouquet.  “We can do better than this,” she said to Dotsie Davis and Lois Snead, who is still a premier designer.  The original trio did do better, and their legacy continues today.

The first year, the three sold thirty-five arrangements at Woodward and Lothrop.  Because their arrangements sold better than W & L’s artificial ones, the store did not invite them back.

The next year arrangements were displayed and sold at the Rappahannock Garden Club’s house tour and exhibit on drying and arranging floral materials.  After fifty nine years of drying flowers and processing leaves the ladies decided to end the dried flower arrangement sale.  Some members have continued on their own and have a few items for sale each year.

Shortly thereafter, Trinity Episcopal Church Women took over the house tours and used them as a vehicle to sell floral designs.  Sixty-one years later over one hundred eighty houses have been shown and thousands of floral arrangements have been sold. 

While the Trinity Women (Trinity Episcopal Church Women) no longer sell dried flower arrangements, the parish continues to welcome you to an annual tour of three of Rappahannock County’s most notable homes. Proceeds from the tour fund an array of charities, both local and international. Included in these are:

Local charities

Loan Closet for hospital equipment,

Boy Scouts,

Girl Scouts,

Cub Scouts,

Christmas for needy families,

Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services,

CARE,

CCLC (Sursum Corda, a day care center),

all 7 Volunteer Fire & Rescue Departments,

Shop with a Deputy,

Food Pantry,

Senior Center,

Shrine Mont camp scholarship,

Rector's Discretionary Fund,

Fauquier-Rappahannock Free Clinic.

Thrift Shop (building fund) 

In Parish: The Altar Guild, the kneelers and the Garden Guild.

Farther afield: support for Kings Childrens Home in South Africa, and St. Marc’s Trade School in Haiti.