“A Try at the Garden of Eden”… Eden Try is a stunning 12 acre estate and private winery in historic Fredericksburg, Virginia. It is ideally located mid-way between Washington, DC, and Richmond, Virginia, on the I-95 corridor. It is being offered for the first time in its proud history for weddings, special events, reunions, and private parties.
Although the estate is now being offered for weddings and events, Eden Try still serves as the private residence of its current owners much like its original beginnings. Eden Try was named by the original owner who was a horticulturist. He toured the formal gardens, castles, and estates of old-Europe and lectured on his findings in the United States. He was an expert in the field and tried to recreate what he saw at his own estate: his goal was recreating the “Garden of Eden” in Virginia. Eden Try simply means “A try at the Garden of Eden”. Befitting its name, and carrying on its grand tradition, Eden Try was selected to participate in the prestigious Virginia Garden Tour.
Eden Try’s Manor House was built in the Williamsburg style with resemblance to the George Wythe House. All brick and four stories high, the Manor House stands as a proud tribute to a by-gone era. The detail in the brickwork is reminiscent of old-world craftsmen. Since a brick home was seen as more prestigious than a wood home, the level of attention to detail in the brickwork was seen as the ultimate indicator of success and status in the period. Shutters, porticos, and other less durable embellishments are noticeably absent as they would hide the meticulous attention to detail and would not stand the test of time. Quality homes of the period were built for future generations.
The Estate Grounds
A small footbridge takes you to what is rumored to be the largest specimen of rhododendron in the state, affectionately named “Grandpa” by the original owner. It is 60’ around and is so large you can walk under it!
Many unusual flowering trees, bushes and flowers adorn the property – including an exceedingly rare “Flying Dragon”. This is purportedly the tree that was chosen to guard prominent citizens’ grave sites (including Jefferson) because of its threatening but dramatic features intended “to scare off the evil spirits”. Despite its outward appearance, it bears an exceedingly fragrant and edible fruit that was used in “the day” to scent linens, bedding, and clothing. In season, it is still being used in the Manor House to that effect.
During clearing and construction of the Manor House, an abandoned gold mine was discovered. You can still readily find “fool’s gold” in the many streams meandering through the property.
Beyond the acres of manicured lawns, grape vines, terraced rose gardens, and ancient tree lines there is a natural amphitheater and wedding pergola toward the rear of the property. The estate is flanked by nearly one hundred private acres for the ultimate escape and seclusion in this wooded paradise.
In March of 2014, the Vineyard Barn was completed upon creation of the Estate Winery. The 3,700 square foot barn features soaring ceilings, cathedral-grade beams, and natural wood floors.
*Photo Credit of “Grandpa”: Ashley Grace: Little Bird Media