Archives for August 2017

Solar Eclipse 2017

Today was a better than average day here on the Plantation! It was a small but enthusiastic gathering that came out to appreciate the eclipse. Though Richmond didn’t experience the full eclipse, 80% was still a true marvel. These pictures were taken by staff members.

Total Solar Eclipse 8/21

The first total solar eclipse in almost 40 years happens this upcoming Monday August 21. While Richmond will only see about 80% of the eclipse, Tuckahoe’s open lawns provide a perfect viewing spot! Our grounds will be open from 1:30-4pm for those who want to picnic, relax, and enjoy the view. Peak moment of the eclipse is at 2:44pm.

Please remember to only use “eclipse glasses” or “solar-viewing glasses” when directly looking at the sun; dark sunglasses don’t count! Or for the DIYers and kids, make your own pinhole eclipse viewer (

Happy eclipse watching!

Zen Lifestyle in a Southern Garden

How to Embrace the Zen Lifestyle in a Southern Garden

Living in the South brings with it many simple pleasures, like the glory of a garden filled with peonies, tulips and daffodils. Visiting a plantation and touring the gardens is a relaxing, tranquil way to spend an afternoon and to connect with the beauties of the outdoors.

Spending time in the summer to appreciate the beauty of a well-manicured garden in the South can lead you to feeling rejuvenated and ready to update your own garden to one that has similar charm. You can even kick it up a notch and design a space in your garden that reflects a zen ambiance, denoting a sense of peace and calm.

If you are looking incorporate serenity into any outdoor space, consider these options for creating a spectacular zen garden:

·         Set the tone with soft lighting – It’s obvious that lighting affects our mood and productivity, and it’s no different in our gardens. By stringing dainty fairy lights along the gorgeous southern trees and bushes, you can indulge in soft lighting that will enlighten tranquility. Lighting a garden path with outdoor lanterns is another way to induce a zen ambience to an outdoor space.

·         Re-do a flower bed with rocks and sand – Part of the ease of zen living is incorporating a low-maintenance lifestyle, and keeping up with flowers and shrubs can be challenging in the southern heat. By re-doing a section of your garden to include slick stones and sand, you will find peace in the ease and smoothness of the design.

·         Finding the right water feature – Another great idea for enhancing a zen atmosphere in any garden is to add a water feature, be it a small water fountain or a larger waterfall. Hearing the sound of trickling water, you will be transported to a realm of rest and relaxation, finding time to connect with your inner voice and meditate amongst the flowers.

·         Introduce a new decorative statue  The South is filled with unique histories, so why not embrace a figure of the past in the garden? By adding a timeless decorative statue, the garden will become a space for paying respects to the past amongst contemporary vistas of natural beauty.

In a plantation garden, there should always be the right harmony amongst the flower beds, the shrubbery, and the extra details that keep the beauty in balance. By adding simple touches like soft lighting, a newly updated zen flower bed, and a modern, flowing water feature, you can transform any garden into a space that promotes a spirit of peace.

Written By Sally Perkins

Photo By Jason Collins Photography 

Haunted History at Tuckahoe

Wandering the gardens and mansion of Tuckahoe Plantation, you may feel a sudden chill or even catch a glimpse of it’s “Gray Lady” ghost…
Visit the haunted plantation on Monday October 30th from 4-6pm for Halloween festivities…if you dare! Admission is $5 per person or $20 per family (max 7 people). Enjoy fall festival games for all ages, like a hayride, spider web maze, face painting, and more. Add a Ghost Tour of the mansion to hear spooky tales of supernatural occurrences (additional $5 per individual or $10 per family)! No reservations need, just click “interested” on our Facebook page. Call 804-774-1614 or email [email protected] for any questions. Rain date for the event is Saturday November 4th from 4-6pm.

Lucinda Patterson Randolph

A piece of Randolph history has returned to Tuckahoe! A kind donor gifted us Lucinda Patterson Randolph’s traveling trunk. Lucinda was the second wife to Thomas Mann Randolph III. They’re meeting is quite an interesting tale: one day, Thomas was reclining on the bed, sick with fever and dehydration. Suddenly, an apparition of a beautiful woman appeared from one of the cupboards, carrying a glass of water. The woman gave Thomas the water, soothing his fever and easing him into sleep. When he awoke, Thomas swore if he ever met the women again, he’d marry her. A few years later at a party in New Jersey, Thomas’ eyes gravitated towards Lucinda Patterson, the woman from his apparition. He immediately went to her and asked for her hand in marriage; she said yes! Lucinda is buried in the Randolph Cemetery at Tuckahoe Plantation. We’re thrilled and thankful that such a historic artifact has returned home.