It is very nice of the Usrys to invite us into their home. It's one of those small, secret places you stumble upon in North side. The neighborhood, adjoining the park-like Emmanuel Episcopal Church property was originally named Jefferson Gardens and was built and used by Lewis Ginter, the tobacco magnate for growing fresh produce to fill the larders of his Hotel Jefferson. The houses were occupied by those who labored in the fields. The Usry's carpenter gothic styled cottage was built in 1896 by Lewis Ginter for the head gardener. Come and enjoy wine, beer, and heavy hors d'oeuvres to kick off the sailing season.
Sign up on line at www.fbyc.net or send your payment of $15 per person made out to Fishing Bay Yacht Club and send to John Koedel, 7102 Glen Parkway, Richmond, VA 23229. (804) 338-1158. Space is limited to the first 60 to sign up.
From North bound 95 take Exit 81 (Route 1 North), continue to bear right merging onto Brook Road/Route 1 North. You will cross over 95. Once you have crossed I-95 you will turn left onto Wilmer Avenue and into what appears to be the Emmanuel Church property. 1215 Wilmer is the third house on the left. You can park in the church parking lot.
If you aren't inclined to take the interstate, from Staples Mill take Dumbarton to Route 1/Brook Road. Turn Left. Once you have crossed over I-95 you will turn left onto Wilmer Avenue and into what appears to be the Emmanuel Church property. 1215 Wilmer is the third house on the left. You can park in the church parking lot.