The gardens and house at Newport House were selected to be featured in the Williamsburg portion of the prestigious annual Virginia Garden Week tour for Tuesday 20 April 2010. The Garden Club particularly liked the variety of instructive opportunities offered here by flower beds, an historic herb garden, plantings of both native and exotic trees and shrubs, the shade garden, the greenhouse, the beehive, the “square-foot” vegetable garden, and the compost system.
With Cathy Millar
Cathy Millar with a smoker, poses by the Newport House Bee Hive. Maintaining a hive is an age-old process that was practiced in Colonial Virginia. We are fortunate to have a healthy hive because so many have collapsed and there is, as of yet, no cure.
Fresh honey with breakfast?
Newport House Bed and Breakfast is Williamsburg, Virginia's, most historically authentic Bed and Breakfast. This Colonial Williamsburg Bed and Breakfast was built to museum standards in 1988, from the 1756 design by famous architect Peter Harrison for the Banister Plantation near Newport, RI, that was destroyed on its 200th birthday to make way for a carpark.
Harrison was also the architect of the Williamsburg Capitol of 1749, and the Williamsburg Market of 1757 (not yet rebuilt). The Yorkshire-trained Harrison (1716-1775), a resident of Newport, designed over 400 buildings in every British colony from Newfoundland to Barbados (also England, Ireland, India and China), many commissioned out of gratitude for his part in foiling the 1745 French invasion that otherwise would have made permanent French colonies out of all British America and India. Harrison was also Colonial America's top furniture designer.
John & Cathy Millar
Cathy Millar is a Registered Nurse; her hobbies include gardening, beekeeping, needlework, and making 18th century clothing.
John Fitzhugh Millar is a former museum director and captain of an historic full-rigged ship. John is also the author and publisher of many historical books. Currently, John is completing a book about Lady Elizabeth Wilbraham (1632-1705), the world’s first woman architect.
Both are descended from people living in the Williamsburg area in the 18th century. Their son Ian was born in 1991 and is off in college.
Newport House Bed and Breakfast a Williamsburg VA, Historic Bed and Breakfast is completely furnished in the period with English and American antiques and reproductions; over a dozen were designed by the original Newport House's architect Peter Harrison. You will discover living history in every room.
The Philadelphia Chamber
18th century-designed pieces
Many Williamsburg Bed and Breakfasts are limited to two rooms a piece, which means that we can concentrate on providing luxury and personal service to our guests. Each piece of furniture in The Philadelphia Suite is an colonial-designed artifact and is certainly intended to be used. Would you like to discover the romance of the 18th century? Simply click the Check Availability link.
The Rose Arbor
One of Several Gardens
The grounds at Newport House have been designated a Certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. The gardens even feature heritage species plants found in the Williamsburg area in the colonial period. Even several of the garden beds are historically accurate.