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Domain of Stone Lions, Macallum More Gardens
Image by David Hoffman ’41
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Lining the top of a wall at Macallum More Gardens are stone figures–in this instance, lions.
The museum and gardens are part of the MacCallum More and Hudgins House Historic District listed on the National Register of Historic Places #09001051. The following information is quoted from the NRHP nomination form prepared by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources ((DHR # 186-5020)
“MacCallum More is a six-acre property that includes the house, a guest cottage, a museum, and extensive gardens. The gardens were begun in 1929 by Lucy Morton Hudgins and expanded by her son, Commander William Henry Hudgins, in the 1940s, 1960s, and 1970s. Charles F. Gillette, a prominent Virginia landscape architect consulted on the design of the gardens. The gardens are enclosed by walls constructed of stones from the chimneys and foundations of numerous eighteenth and nineteenth century buildings that once stood in the surrounding countryside. There are numerous statues, structures, fountains, and artifacts, imported from Europe and the Far East by Commander Hudgins, in the gardens and adorning the stone walls. The museum and the gardens are open to the public, and MacCallum More can be used for meetings and small private parties. The guest cottage now serves as the gift shop and office for the museum and garden.”
Their website is www.mmmg.org/
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Quick Cape Town Fact: Why are the houses in Bo-Kaap district painted in bright colours? The original residents of this area in Cape Town were descendants of slaves brought in from Africa and Asia and were Muslims. As part of their religion they celebrate Ramadan – the Islamic month of fasting. At the end of the holy month it is tradition to dress up in brightly coloured clothes and at the same time many of the residents then paint their houses. The reason for getting so many different colours is that the residents and neighbours discuss together what colours they are painting their houses to avoid colour clashes or two houses painted the same colour next to each other.