The Chandors worked tirelessly together in the gardens until Douglas' death in 1953, at which time Ina renamed them Chandor Gardens as a tribute to her husband. The gardens remained open to the public until shortly before her death in the late 1970s. Because there were no direct heirs, the property remained unattended, overgrown and deteriorating for 20 years.
In 1994, local residents Charles and Melody Bradford purchased the estate and took on the enormous task of restoring the gardens and home. In what could only be described as a true labor of love, they painstakingly spent years clearing and cleaning away the debris of decades of neglect. Many large old trees, Douglas' original wisteria and boxwood plantings, and his magical hardscapes remained. Everything else was replanted by the Bradfords, and thanks to their efforts Chandor Gardens was once again transformed into a lush tranquil delight.
In time, the Bradford's decided to sell the property, and the City of Weatherford purchased Chandor Gardens in May 2002. After minor renovations necessary for compliance with the American Disabilities Act and City building codes, Chandor was re-opened to the public in the fall of 2002.
The gardens are available for public and private tours. The gardens along with the Chandor mansion are available for rental. It is an ideal and picturesque setting for weddings, photography, meetings, and special events.
For more information on Chandor Gardens or to book your next special event, please call 817-613-1700.