Shepherdstown Community Club’s 2017 Back Alley Garden Tour & Tea

Saturday – Sunday,  May 20 and 21


The Shepherdstown Community Club will sponsor its 20th  Back Alley Garden Tour & Tea on Saturday and Sunday, May 20 & 21, (rain or shine) featuring a self-guided walking tour of some 20  private gardens that are rarely open to the public and an elegant afternoon tea. Incorporated in 1762, Shepherdstown has many fine 18th- and early 19th-century homes. Some of the Garden Tour gardens will be located on the grounds of these homes.


Back Alley Garden Tour & Tea Tickets


Tickets can be purchased in advance or in person during the event. When you exchange your paid ticket for a tour map on May 20 or 21, you will be allowed unlimited entry into all gardens during both days. You will be treated to one tea sitting during the weekend which will include unlimited tea (hot and cold) as well as a plate of sweet and savory delicacies.


Tea is served in fine china cups and saucers from the Shelley A. Marshall Foundation.


The second floor War Memorial Building ballroom (handicap accessible on German & King sts.) is transformed with abundant fresh flowers and elegantly prepared tea tables.


The gardens are open 10-4 on Saturday May 20 and 11-4 on Sunday May 21. Afternoon tea both days, noon-4,  is in the War Memorial Building


Ticket Prices:

$20 for the Garden Tour and Tea ordered or purchased  before midnight May 17

$25 after that including the days of the event. (Children under 10 free)


Advance Ticket Sales in Shepherdstown:

Available at the Shepherdstown Sweet Shop, Village Florist, and Four Seasons Books all located on German Street. (cash, check, or credit card)


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Tour maps plus a Tea Ticket will be distributed to ticket holders at the War Memorial Building (German & King sts.) beginning at 9:30 a.m.on Saturday, May 20 and at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 21. The gardens open at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday and 11:00 a.m. on Sunday.


Day-of-Event Tickets:

Cash, credit card, or check at the War Memorial Building (German & King sts.) on May 20 and 21


For information on Facebook: Back Alley Garden or


The Shepherdstown Community Club sponsors this event, and net proceeds are used to support two important community resources the Club owns: the historic War Memorial Building  and  Morgan’s Grove Park.




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