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The 25th Annual Gathering of the Guilds will be at the Francis Land House Saturday, April 2, 2016 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., rain or shine. Visitors will learn about traditional skills as guild members demonstrate their specialties to the public. Some guilds will also have items available for purchase. Participating guilds include:

  • 7 Cities Brewers
  • Back Bay Wildfowl Guild
  • Beekeepers Guild of Southeast Viiginia
  • Botanical Society of America, ODU chapter
  • Seaside Smockers
  • Tidewater Basketry Guild
  • Tidewater Distaff Spinners
  • Tidewater Knitting Guild of Virginia
  • Tidewater Turners

The regional chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society will hold its annual native plant sale in conjunction with the Gathering of the Guilds. Perennials, shrubs, small trees and other plants that thrive in seaside and woodland gardens will be available. All proceeds from the plant sale will be used for area beautification and education. The Butterfly Society of Virginia will sell butterfly-friendly plants as well.

Eco Maniac Company will be present with ShopGreen757, offering alternatives to single-use plastics, rain barrels, Fair Trade handcrafts, recycled and upcycled products, organic dog treats, organic soy candles, all-natural skin care and more.

Natejer Botanicals will be selling skin and beauty products made from all natural ingredients.

The Girl Scout Council of the Colonial Coast and the Tidewater Council Boy Scouts of America will also be on-site, in addition to the Lucky Peach Food Truck, which will be selling breakfast and lunch items.

Admission to this event is free and includes a brief tour of the Francis Land House. The Francis Land House, circa 1805, served as the home of Francis Land VI, a wealthy plantation owner from a prominent family in Princess Anne County, Virginia.

The 25th Annual Gathering of the Guilds and Native Plant Sale is free and open to the public with free on-site parking.The Francis Land House is located at 3131 Virginia Beach Boulevard. Call (757) 385-5100 or visit for more information.