Historic Annapolis

Historic Annapolis Historic Annapolis works to protect and promote Annapolis as a viable, living city that celebrates its heritage. Since 1952, Historic Annapolis has preserved the distinctive character of Maryland's capital city through public advocacy for historic preservation, purchase and renovation of historic sites, original research, and educational programs.
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HA manages historic Annapolis properties including the HA Museum & Store at 99 Main Street, the William Paca House and Garden, the James Brice House, Shiplap House, Waterfront Warehouse, and Hogshead at 43 Pinkney Street.

HA manages historic Annapolis properties including the HA Museum & Store at 99 Main Street, the William Paca House and Garden, the James Brice House, Shiplap House, Waterfront Warehouse, and Hogshead at 43 Pinkney Street.

Mission: Established in 1952, Historic Annapolis is the leading nonprofit preservation and history organization in Annapolis, MD. Our mission is to Preserve and Protect the historic places, objects and stories of Maryland’s capital city, and provide engaging experiences that Connect people to the area’s diverse heritage.

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Christmas Eve 2020 is a fitting day for Glenn to look back to a Christmas poem published in the Maryland Gazette 250 yea...
12/24/2020
Rising Joys

Christmas Eve 2020 is a fitting day for Glenn to look back to a Christmas poem published in the Maryland Gazette 250 years ago on today's #AnnapolisHistory post:

"I must admit right up front to not having a great appreciation for 18th-century poetry. I find much of it to be pretty heavy going, and this piece is no exception to the rule. Unsurprisingly for a Christmas poem of 1770, this one starts out as a paean to the birth of the Christ Child. But after a somewhat curious middle section in which the newborn babe delivers a 24-line soliloquy of rhyming couplets, things get more interesting..."

Read the poem here: https://historicannapolis.wixsite.com/hablog/post/rising-joys

Christmas Eve 2020 is a fitting day to look back to a Christmas poem published in the Maryland Gazette 250 years ago. The verses penned by “P. K_N___DY” (perhaps a Mr. Kennedy?) were dedicated to Robert Eden, the last appointed proprietary governor of Maryland. I must admit right up front to not...

On the 12th Day of Jingle, my true love gave to me...something very nauti!THERE'S STILL TIME! Stop in the HA Museum Stor...
12/24/2020

On the 12th Day of Jingle, my true love gave to me...something very nauti!

THERE'S STILL TIME! Stop in the HA Museum Store at 77 Main Street today and save 25% off all nautical merchandise (including our incredible boat models). The Museum Store is open 11 am - 3 pm.

Or, shop online at historic-annapolis.myshopify.com and save 15% on your entire order with the code JINGLE15. Today's the last day to save!
(orders placed today may not be ready for pickup until Saturday, December 26)

#TodayInAnnapolisHistory from our friends at George Washington's Mount Vernon!
12/23/2020

#TodayInAnnapolisHistory from our friends at George Washington's Mount Vernon!

#OnThisDay in 1783, Washington resigned his military commission in Annapolis, MD. Today, you can stand in the room where it happened at the Maryland State House.

Americans ever since have viewed this event as a testament to Washington’s republican values, as he willingly surrendered power of the army back to the governmental body that first appointed him.

Washington famously ended his address to Congress by stating, “Having now finished the work assigned me, I retire from the great theatre of action, and bidding an affectionate farewell to this august body, under whose orders I have so long acted, I here offer my commission, and take my leave of all the employments of public life.” Learn more: http://bit.ly/34EsAPw

On the 11th Day of Jingle, my true love gave to me...ornaments and stocking stuffers!Need some last-minute stocking stuf...
12/21/2020

On the 11th Day of Jingle, my true love gave to me...ornaments and stocking stuffers!

Need some last-minute stocking stuffers? Stop in the HA Museum Store at 77 Main Street today and save 25% off all holiday ornaments and great stocking stuffer items for our 12 Days of Jingle Sale. The Museum Store is open 11 am - 5 pm today.

Or, shop online at historic-annapolis.myshopify.com and save 15% on your entire order with the code JINGLE15. There's still time for free curbside pickup!

On the 10th Day of Jingle, my true love gave to me...family time together!Stop in the HA Museum Store at 77 Main Street ...
12/20/2020

On the 10th Day of Jingle, my true love gave to me...family time together!

Stop in the HA Museum Store at 77 Main Street today and save 10% off all books and games for our 12 Days of Jingle Sale. Fun for the whole family! The Museum Store is open 11 am - 5 pm today.

Or, shop online at historic-annapolis.myshopify.com and save 15% on your entire order with the code JINGLE15.

On the 9th Day of Jingle, my true love gave to me...cheerful and pretty home decor!Stop in the HA Museum Store at 77 Mai...
12/19/2020

On the 9th Day of Jingle, my true love gave to me...cheerful and pretty home decor!

Stop in the HA Museum Store at 77 Main Street today and save 25% off all pillows and home decor for our 12 Days of Jingle Sale. The Museum Store is open 11 am - 6 pm today.

Or, shop online at historic-annapolis.myshopify.com and save 15% on your entire order with the code JINGLE15.

Hop aboard the Jolly Express this weekend with Watermark Tours Charters Cruises! Bring a blanket and enjoy a festive  ho...
12/18/2020

Hop aboard the Jolly Express this weekend with Watermark Tours Charters Cruises! Bring a blanket and enjoy a festive holiday boat ride on the Miss Anne with Santa at the helm. Plus, a portion of the proceeds will support Historic Annapolis!

Cruises offered Friday through Sunday at 6 pm, 7 pm, and 8 pm. Reserve your spot at https://watermarkjourney.com/events/jolly-express-cruise/.

The Jolly Express has a new meaning for BYOB...bring your own blanket! 🤣

📸 Adam Brockett

#visitannapolis #MDinFocus #VisitMaryland #OpenForTheHolidays

On the 8th Day of Jingle, my true love gave to me...Chesapeake crabs and oysters!Stop in the HA Museum Store at 77 Main ...
12/18/2020

On the 8th Day of Jingle, my true love gave to me...Chesapeake crabs and oysters!

Stop in the HA Museum Store at 77 Main Street today and save 25% off our super-popular lines of oyster and crab-themed serveware for our 12 Days of Jingle Sale. The Museum Store is open 11 am - 5 pm today.

Or, shop online at historic-annapolis.myshopify.com and save 15% on your order with the code JINGLE15.

Tonight! Visit the HA Museum Store at 77 Main Street til 8 pm for your Eleventh Hour shopping. All candles, bath, and bo...
12/17/2020

Tonight! Visit the HA Museum Store at 77 Main Street til 8 pm for your Eleventh Hour shopping. All candles, bath, and body products are 10% off in-store - and we'll even wrap up your gifts for free!

You can also shop online and support the HA store from the comfort of your couch - shop at historic-annapolis.myshopify.com and save 20% off your purchase today only with the code 2020MM.

The HA Museum Store at 77 Main Street is open 12 pm - 8 pm today for The Eleventh Hour of Midnight Madness 2020, and we'...
12/17/2020

The HA Museum Store at 77 Main Street is open 12 pm - 8 pm today for The Eleventh Hour of Midnight Madness 2020, and we're back with our 12 Days of Jingle Sale!

On the 7th Day of Jingle, my true love gave to me...ways to pamper and soothe!

Stop in the HA Museum Store today and save 10% off all candles and bath and body products. We have some really amazing product lines, perfect for anyone who deserves a little "me" time.

Or shop online at historic-annapolis.myshopify.com - it's the last day to save 20% on your order with the code 2020MM before Christmas!

Baking up a storm lately? Robin's here for today's #CuratorsCorner talking about COOKIES!Cookies, as we call them today,...
12/16/2020

Baking up a storm lately? Robin's here for today's #CuratorsCorner talking about COOKIES!

Cookies, as we call them today, were referred to as “small cakes” in the 18th century. In Annapolis, sweets could be purchased a shops like Stewart & Richardson, who advertised their shop on Church Street in a 1767 Maryland Gazette. If you’re in the baking spirit, try out a recipe for Shrewsbury Cakes, adapted from Mrs. Charles Carroll’s 18th century account book (now held at the Maryland Center for History and Culture).

Get the recipe on Robin's blog today: https://historicannapolis.wixsite.com/hablog/post/a-bicentennial-request-for-recipes

12/15/2020
Four Rivers Heritage Area

Today! Watch the virtual Four Rivers Heritage Area Heritage Awards Ceremony with us live on Facebook at 4 pm.

We are pleased to celebrate HA's award winners - and these three ladies are incredible!
Carrie Kiewitt, Heritage Professional of the Year
Nannetta Hall, Heritage Interpreter of the Year
Cathy Schmidt, Heritage Volunteer Award

Join us TODAY for the 17th Annual Heritage Awards Ceremony that will be live streamed on Facebook at 4:00 PM.

On the 6th Day of Jingle, my true love gave to me...some jingle and some sparkle!Stop in the HA Museum Store at 77 Main ...
12/14/2020

On the 6th Day of Jingle, my true love gave to me...some jingle and some sparkle!

Stop in the HA Museum Store at 77 Main Street today and save 25% off all Holiday Jewelry for our 12 Days of Jingle Sale. Come on in and pick up a new bauble to feel festive! The Museum Store is open 11 am - 5 pm today.

Or shop online at historic-annapolis.myshopify.com and save 15% on your order with the code JINGLE15.

On the 5th Day of Jingle, my true love gave to me...fun and festive holiday towels!Stop in the HA Museum Store at 77 Mai...
12/13/2020

On the 5th Day of Jingle, my true love gave to me...fun and festive holiday towels!

Stop in the HA Museum Store at 77 Main Street today and save 25% off all Holiday Towels for our 12 Days of Jingle Sale. They're the perfect stocking stuffer! The Museum Store is open 11 am - 5 pm today.

Or shop online at historic-annapolis.myshopify.com and save 15% on your order with the code JINGLE15.

On the 4th Day of Jingle, my true love gave to me...ways to sip my holiday cheer!Stop in the HA Museum Store at 77 Main ...
12/12/2020

On the 4th Day of Jingle, my true love gave to me...ways to sip my holiday cheer!

Stop in the HA Museum Store at 77 Main Street today and save 25% off all Mugs and Drinkware for our 12 Days of Jingle Sale. The Museum Store is open 11 am - 6 pm today.

Or shop online at historic-annapolis.myshopify.com and save 15% on your order with the code JINGLE15.

Catch up on some #AnnapolisHistory! Glenn picks up the story of what was going on in Annapolis 250 years ago:"Two months...
12/11/2020
Liberty is what we are all contending for...

Catch up on some #AnnapolisHistory! Glenn picks up the story of what was going on in Annapolis 250 years ago:

"Two months had passed since a group of Baltimore merchants called for a meeting in Annapolis to consider whether Maryland should continue enforcing a strict boycott of certain British imports in hopes of pressuring Parliament to repeal its tax on tea. The resulting gathering at Anne Middleton’s tavern affirmed strong collective support for the nonimportation Association and lambasted the Baltimoreans for their “indecent and inconsistent Message to this Meeting,” their “shameful Disregard … to the most sacred Rights and Liberties of America,” and their attempt “to destroy that Union and good faith so necessary at this, and at all Times for the Safety and constitutional Rights of these Colonies.” Now, one of those publicly shamed merchants felt duty-bound to defend his honor..."

Read this week's blog here: https://historicannapolis.wixsite.com/hablog/post/liberty-is-what-we-are-all-contending-for

Two months had passed since a group of Baltimore merchants called for a meeting in Annapolis to consider whether Maryland should continue enforcing a strict boycott of certain British imports in hopes of pressuring Parliament to repeal its tax on tea. If traders in other colonies were getting back t...

On the 3rd Day of Jingle, my true love gave to me...fancy feasting for the season! Stop in the HA Museum Store at 77 Mai...
12/11/2020

On the 3rd Day of Jingle, my true love gave to me...fancy feasting for the season!

Stop in the HA Museum Store at 77 Main Street today and save 25% off all Holiday Tableware and Serveware for our 12 Days of Jingle Sale. The Museum Store is open 11 am - 5 pm today.

Or shop online at historic-annapolis.myshopify.com and save 15% on your order with the code JINGLE15.

Shopping in Downtown Annapolis tonight for Midnight Madness - Downtown Annapolis 2020? Visit the HA Museum Store at 77 M...
12/10/2020

Shopping in Downtown Annapolis tonight for Midnight Madness - Downtown Annapolis 2020? Visit the HA Museum Store at 77 Main Street to find gifts for everyone on your list! We'll be open until 8 pm tonight.

Would you rather browse from your couch? Shop the HA Museum Store online and save 20% sitewide* until midnight tonight! Shop now at historic-annapolis.myshopify.com and use the code 2020MM to save!

(*some exclusions apply)

On the 2nd Day of Jingle, my true love gave to me...a way to spread some holiday cheer!Stop in the HA Museum Store at 77...
12/10/2020

On the 2nd Day of Jingle, my true love gave to me...a way to spread some holiday cheer!

Stop in the HA Museum Store at 77 Main Street today and save 10% off all Holiday Boxed Notecards for our 12 Days of Jingle Sale. We're open from 12 pm to 8 pm tonight for Midnight Madness - Downtown Annapolis 2020!

Or, shop online at historic-annapolis.myshopify.com and save 20% on your order TODAY ONLY with the code 2020MM. (some exclusions apply)

Tonight! Author Richard Bell joins us for our Virtual Lecture: The Reverse Underground Railroad. He'll discuss his resea...
12/10/2020

Tonight! Author Richard Bell joins us for our Virtual Lecture: The Reverse Underground Railroad. He'll discuss his research and the story behind his book, 'Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and their Astonishing Odyssey Home.' Their ordeal shines a glaring spotlight on the Reverse Underground Railroad, a black-market network of human traffickers and slave traders who stole away thousands of legally free African Americans from their families in order to fuel slavery’s rapid expansion in the decades before the Civil War.

Register for the lecture at https://bit.ly/3kHace4. Registration closes at 6:30 pm!

Looking for some new Zoom backgrounds? We're here for you!
12/08/2020
Zoom for the Holidays

Looking for some new Zoom backgrounds? We're here for you!

It's unfortunate that we are here, anticipating another Zoom holiday - but whatever Zoom holiday you may be celebrating this season, brighten your meetings and happy hours with a new virtual background from Historic Annapolis! These wintry and holiday backgrounds will lend a historic charm to your v...

Coming up this Thursday, author Richard Bell joins us for our Virtual Lecture: The Reverse Underground Railroad. He'll d...
12/08/2020

Coming up this Thursday, author Richard Bell joins us for our Virtual Lecture: The Reverse Underground Railroad. He'll discuss his research and the story behind his book, 'Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and their Astonishing Odyssey Home.' Their ordeal shines a glaring spotlight on the Reverse Underground Railroad, a black market network of human traffickers and slave traders who stole away thousands of legally free African Americans from their families in order to fuel slavery’s rapid expansion in the decades before the Civil War.

Register for our December 10 lecture at https://bit.ly/3kHace4.

On the 1st Day of Jingle, my true love gave to me...something warm and fuzzy! Stop in the HA Museum Store at 77 Main Str...
12/07/2020

On the 1st Day of Jingle, my true love gave to me...something warm and fuzzy!

Stop in the HA Museum Store at 77 Main Street today and save 25% off all Apparel, Totes, and Bags for our 12 Days of Jingle Sale. We're open until 5 pm!

Or shop online at historic-annapolis.myshopify.com and save 15% on your order with the code JINGLE15.

Get ready for a holly, jolly, jingly sale at the HA Museum Store! Starting tomorrow, we'll be offering some amazing deal...
12/06/2020

Get ready for a holly, jolly, jingly sale at the HA Museum Store! Starting tomorrow, we'll be offering some amazing deals in-store each day - plus save 15% when you shop online from December 7th through the 24th. We're here to help you #shopsmall!

Coming up next Thursday, author Richard Bell joins us for our Virtual Lecture: The Reverse Underground Railroad. He'll d...
12/05/2020

Coming up next Thursday, author Richard Bell joins us for our Virtual Lecture: The Reverse Underground Railroad. He'll discuss his research and the story behind his book, 'Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and their Astonishing Odyssey Home.' Their ordeal shines a glaring spotlight on the Reverse Underground Railroad, a black market network of human traffickers and slave traders who stole away thousands of legally free African Americans from their families in order to fuel slavery’s rapid expansion in the decades before the Civil War.

Register for our December 10 lecture at https://bit.ly/3kHace4.

Shopping in Downtown Annapolis tonight for Midnight Madness - Downtown Annapolis 2020? Visit the HA Museum Store at 77 M...
12/03/2020

Shopping in Downtown Annapolis tonight for Midnight Madness - Downtown Annapolis 2020? Visit the HA Museum Store at 77 Main Street to find gifts for everyone on your list! We'll be open until 8 pm tonight.

Would you rather browse from your couch? Shop the HA Museum Store online and save 20% sitewide* until midnight tonight! Shop now at historic-annapolis.myshopify.com and use the code 2020MM to save!

(*some exclusions apply)

Every single person has the power to change the world. We would like to say thank you to all who donated, not only to HA...
12/03/2020

Every single person has the power to change the world.

We would like to say thank you to all who donated, not only to HA, but to any of the amazing nonprofit organizations in our community on #GivingTuesday. You inspire us!

This Thursday! Join us as we welcome New York Times bestselling author Laura Kamoie to discuss her book, 'My Dear Hamilt...
12/01/2020

This Thursday! Join us as we welcome New York Times bestselling author Laura Kamoie to discuss her book, 'My Dear Hamilton' and the life of the inimitable Eliza Schuyler Hamilton.

'My Dear Hamilton' is now available at the HA Museum Store - and all registrants for this lecture will receive an online code for 20% off this amazing book!

Register now for the Eliza Hamilton Virtual Lecture at https://bit.ly/38NLYMY.

As we reflect on the ups and downs of this year, we know we wouldn't be where we are without you. You've helped HA prese...
12/01/2020

As we reflect on the ups and downs of this year, we know we wouldn't be where we are without you.
You've helped HA preserve the unique beauty and heritage of our entire community for 68 years.
Now, more than ever, we need your support to continue.

Make your #GivingTuesday donation here: https://6324.blackbaudhosting.com/6324/Organization-Total

Photo Credit: Historic Annapolis
11/30/2020

Photo Credit: Historic Annapolis

Book Your Bubble's Private Shopping Night at the HA Museum Store! Only two dates remain! Why not check off your list at ...
11/30/2020

Book Your Bubble's Private Shopping Night at the HA Museum Store! Only two dates remain! Why not check off your list at Annapolis's favorite gift shop, all while enjoying a safe shopping experience?

Book Monday December 7 from 5 pm - 6 pm: https://bit.ly/37jdgsl
Book Monday, December 21 from 5 pm - 6 pm: https://bit.ly/3llptBO

You and your group (up to 5 people) will enjoy the Museum Store all to yourself to get all your shopping done! Plus, your entire group will get a 20% discount on their purchase!

The William Paca Garden is open today! Stop by and enjoy a stroll with plenty of fresh air and space to distance. Open 1...
11/29/2020

The William Paca Garden is open today! Stop by and enjoy a stroll with plenty of fresh air and space to distance. Open 12 pm - 4 pm.

The William Paca Garden will be closed for the winter starting Monday, November 30.

Coming up this Thursday, Dec 3 on our Virtual Lecture Series - we'll welcome New York Times bestselling author Laura Kam...
11/28/2020

Coming up this Thursday, Dec 3 on our Virtual Lecture Series - we'll welcome New York Times bestselling author Laura Kamoie to discuss her book, 'My Dear Hamilton' and the life of the inimitable Eliza Schuyler Hamilton.

'My Dear Hamilton' is now available at the HA Museum Store - and all registrants for this lecture will receive an online code for 20% off this amazing book! Registrants, check your email on Monday morning!

Register now for this Eliza Hamilton Virtual Lecture at https://bit.ly/38NLYMY.

HA invites you to #ShopSmall this weekend! Visit the HA Museum Store at 77 Main Street for some great specials all weeke...
11/28/2020

HA invites you to #ShopSmall this weekend! Visit the HA Museum Store at 77 Main Street for some great specials all weekend!

Shop today on Small Business Saturday (we're open til 6 pm) and save 20% in-store on ALL holiday-themed merchandise - that includes home decor, tableware, stocking stuffers, and more!

Shop tomorrow on Museum Store Sunday and save 20% STOREWIDE! (some exclusions apply). Open 11 am - 5 pm.

Not interested in venturing out? Shop online 24/7 at historic-annapolis.myshopify.com and save 15% sitewide with the code SHOPSMALL15 all weekend! Curbside pickup available!

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Established in 1952, Historic Annapolis is the leading nonprofit preservation and history organization in Annapolis, Maryland. Our mission is to Preserve and Protect the historic places, objects, and stories of Maryland’s capital city, and provide engaging experiences that Connect people to the area’s diverse heritage.

We invite you to visit us at the William Paca House and Garden in the heart of Downtown Annapolis. Carefully restored by HA beginning in 1965, today it is recognized as one of the finest 18th-century homes in the country and a National Historic Landmark. Guided tours of the house, which features period furnishings and paintings, reveal the inner workings of an upper-class household in colonial and revolutionary Annapolis. Visit www.annapolis.org for information about our properties and hours, the calendar of events, and more.

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Wrap Up Your Weekend at 'The Beer Garden' at Whites Hall! Come enjoy Live Music, yard games, summer beverages, and great food provided by the Smoke Rattle and Roll food truck! And from 5 to 7 you'll hear the ultra-cool sound of Fred Moss, sponsored by A.P. Mathews Heating and Air Conditioning!! Listen to one of Maryland's great talents, playing the 'Back Porch' of Whites Hall, on the historic 13-acre property where Johns Hopkins was born and raised... the area's newest and hippest music venue! It'll be worth it... trust us!! 3 - 9pm... 2173 Johns Hopkins Road, Gambrills All proceeds go to purchasing and restoring Whites Hall, Johns Hopkins Birth Place.
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