Pierates Cruze property on tour

John Kauth The Pierates Cruze property, once part of the Hilliardsville tract in Mount Pleasant, is a private residence and garden. It also includes this belled wall, which was destroyed by Hurricane Hugo in 1989 and later reconstructed using the original bricks.

Historic Pierates Cruze, with its storied gardens and belled walled, is among the properties featured on this year’s Mount Pleasant Old Village Home, Garden & Art Tour, a fundraiser for the Lowcountry Red Cross.

Three of the 10 homes on tour are on the Pierates Cruze property, which first was opened to the public Feb. 20, 1943. Its gardens, including ones named “The Sea Garden,” “Wind’ll Blow,” “Little Wheel” and four others, were popular tourist attractions in the 1940s and ’50s. The gardens were known for their variety of flowers, including thousands of prize-winning camellias and azaleas.

The tour, which takes place 1-5 p.m. April 22, will include an art show in Edwards Park on Pitt Street. Tickets are $45 per person, $35 per person for groups of 10 or more.

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