Courtyard and Garden Tour features 2 Snuggs’ homes

Published 10:45 am Monday, March 28, 2022

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Across Stanly County the arrival of spring brings an explosion of floral landscapes and the return of outdoor living.

To celebrate the beauty and history of Albemarle and Stanly County, The Stanly County Historical Society will host a benefit Courtyard & Garden Tour 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 30.

Proceeds from this rain or shine event will fund educational programs and preservation initiatives of the Stanly County Historical Society, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. This self guided tour will allow access to 10 private and public courtyard and garden spaces stretching from Albemarle to Richfield. The tour features a variety of garden spaces including DIY landscapes, restored formal gardens and centuries-old family farms.
Site No. 3 is the home of Lee and Billie Jean Snuggs at 249 N. Fifth St., Albemarle.

Their garden will blaze in color with annuals, perennials and flowering bulbs. As a DIY landscaper, Lee planted 250 bulbs this spring. Since a hurricane took down the old oaks in the backyard, they now have sunlight and plants that love and thrive in full sun. Probably not yet in bloom, but stretching toward the sun will be a wall of sunflowers next to the fence.
Their love of butterflies is evidenced by their backdoor sign to “Flutter on in.”

Site No. 4, 250 N. Fourth St., Albemarle, finds a path of red brick pavers through the back garden leading to site No. 3. The rear yard of Hilda Snuggs was featured during a 1996 garden tour.

Site No. 4, 250 N. Fourth St., Albemarle. (Contributed)

Take in what Zoysia grass can do for a landscape. This low maintenance yard offers a burst of color from dogwoods, azaleas, crepe myrtles and dwarf shrubs interspersed with Lenten roses, hyacinths, daffodils and tulips.

Around the corner, take note of a small pocket garden with Florida ferns and cucumbers grown in a container.

Advance $15 wristband tickets are available at the Stanly County History Center, 157 N. Second St. in Albemarle or by mail order to Stanly County Historical Society, PO Box 1384, Albemarle, NC 28002. Pre-paid mail orders will be held at the will call station at the 1852 Isaiah Snuggs House, 112 N. Third St., Albemarle, from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Wristband tickets may be purchased on the day of the tour at the Isaiah Snuggs House for $20. All ticket sales are non-refundable donations.

Direct inquiries to or call 704-986-3777.