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Annual Home and Garden Pilgrimage Returns to Dorchester County

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CAMBRIDGE, Md.- Relaxed.  That's how the owners of Summer Inn hope tomorrow's visitors will feel as they step across the threshold into the great room.  Or take a stroll through their gardens.  This is paradise.  A paradise the Saums have been working to perfect for months.

"I really think we started about 6 months ago, doing all those little things that you meant to do and hadn't gotten to yet," said Helen Saum.

Summer Inn is one of twelve properties on display in Dorchester county on Saturday as part of the annual Maryland Home and Garden Pilgrimage.  and all that hard work has paid off.  it's hard not to feel relaxed with views like this.

"We combined American and English antiques with impressionist art and Americana, and we feel it has an exceptionally nice feel to it when you walk inside," said Jack Saum.

But it's only one stop on the tour.  The Saum's home was inspired by Nantucket and Americana.  The White's home in Cambridge was inspired by a hurricane.

"We bought the house in 2002, we were flooded by Isabel, we had about a foot of water," said Larry White.

And believe it or not, that brick rancher he bought all those years ago is still here, built inside his massive home.

"We preserved as much as we could.  I like history and I like preservation, antiques, things like that, so we preserved as much of the original structure as we could," said White.

And like the house itself, many things here are not as they seem.  Paintings that reveal TVs, speakers hidden behind walls and in planters.  You can see these homes for yourself on Saturday.  The proceeds from the tour go toward restoring and preserving the historic Handsell house in Vienna.

Tickets are $35 at the Dorchester County Visitor's Center from 9:30 to 2pm on Saturday.
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