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. 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.
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Is it time to reopen the economy? Has the threat diminished enough to make that a viable option? Do we have enough relia...
05/07/2020

Is it time to reopen the economy? Has the threat diminished enough to make that a viable option? Do we have enough reliable information on which to base a sound decision? What might be the repercussions if we make the wrong call; could all the good that has been achieved through months of self-discipline be negated? We’re asking these tough questions today, but so were people in Annapolis 250 years ago.

Find out just what the colonials were dealing with in Senior Historian Glenn Campbell's latest blog: http://historicannapolis.wixsite.com/hablog/post/getting-back-to-business

Today's #CuratorsCorner takes a look at how our colonial counterparts "traveled" before the incredible feats of virtual ...
05/06/2020

Today's #CuratorsCorner takes a look at how our colonial counterparts "traveled" before the incredible feats of virtual tours and drone flyovers!

Enjoy looking at pictures online and dreaming of faraway places? You’re not alone! This was also a pastime in the 18th century and could be achieved by looking through a Zograscope. This wooden object uses one large magnifying lens and a mirror to add depth to a 2-dimensional drawing. This allowed viewers to get a sense of feeling immersed in an image of a new place - either far away or back in time.

You'll find our Zograscope in the Hall at the William Paca House.

Thank you to all of our supporters who donated to Historic Annapolis yesterday in honor of #GivingTuesdayNow. Your gifts...
05/06/2020

Thank you to all of our supporters who donated to Historic Annapolis yesterday in honor of #GivingTuesdayNow. Your gifts will sustain our organization as we navigate the current challenges, and allow us to keep bringing you ways to Preserve, Protect, and Connect.

Didn't have time to donate yesterday? Donate any time here: https://bit.ly/2YaNpxR

#GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of unity and giving to respond to unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. Please consid...
05/05/2020

#GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of unity and giving to respond to unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. Please consider joining this movement locally by supporting HA. Your donation will make a difference!

Donate now: https://bit.ly/2YaNpxR

We are about to pull the the winning ticket for our special Mother's Day basket raffle and can't wait to make that call ...
05/05/2020

We are about to pull the the winning ticket for our special Mother's Day basket raffle and can't wait to make that call to the lucky winner!

We don't know about you, but we had fun with this. Should we offer another basket raffle in the next week or two?

#GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of unity and giving to respond to unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. Please consid...
05/05/2020

#GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of unity and giving to respond to unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. Please consider joining this movement locally by supporting HA. Your donation will make a difference!

Donate now: https://bit.ly/2YaNpxR

#GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of unity and giving to respond to unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. Please consid...
05/05/2020

#GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of unity and giving to respond to unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. Please consider joining this movement locally by supporting HA. Your donation will make a difference!

Donate now: https://bit.ly/2YaNpxR

It's your last chance - toss your hat into the ring and buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win this gorgeous collection...
05/04/2020

It's your last chance - toss your hat into the ring and buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win this gorgeous collection of goodies from the HA Museum Store - a present that would be perfect for Mom!

Basket includes specially-chosen items valuing over $125, PLUS two general admission tickets for the 2020 Paca Girlfriends Party and a gift certificate for the upcoming William Paca Garden Plant Sale - that's a total gift value of over $280!

Raffle tickets are 1 for $10 or 3 for $20 - purchase now at https://bit.ly/3bLKZLO.

Winner will be drawn on Tuesday, May 5, allowing for local delivery or shipping prior to Mother's Day!

Happy sunny #MarkerMonday! Today we're visiting another property that was on our 2018 Annapolis by Candlelight tour - 53...
05/04/2020

Happy sunny #MarkerMonday! Today we're visiting another property that was on our 2018 Annapolis by Candlelight tour - 53 Cornhill Street. Did you visit this beautiful home?

53 Cornhill was built in 1770 by a local carpenter named William Munroe for Thomas Callahan, who was a tailor by trade. Munroe actually built himself a similar home next door at 49 Cornhill (see second picture). In 18th century homes like this one, symmetry was a big deal. The Georgian style, represented by our red markers, emphasized symmetry and became very fashionable during this time.

05/02/2020
Annapolis May Day on WMAR-2 Baltimore

Thanks to WMAR-2 News Baltimore for this great coverage on our special tradition, #AnnapolisMayDay! You'll catch a glimpse of the baskets from Paca House and Hoghsead. Thank you to the Garden Club of Old Annapolis Towne, Visit Annapolis, and all who participated to make our May Day bright and full of flowers!

Don't miss your chance to win this gorgeous collection of goodies from the HA Museum Store - a present that would be per...
05/02/2020

Don't miss your chance to win this gorgeous collection of goodies from the HA Museum Store - a present that would be perfect for Mom!

Basket includes specially-chosen items valuing over $125, PLUS two general admission tickets for the 12th Annual Paca Girlfriends Party! and a gift certificate for the upcoming William Paca Garden Plant Sale!

Raffle tickets are 1 for $10 or 3 for $20. Try your luck and purchase a raffle ticket now at https://bit.ly/3bLKZLO.

Winner will be drawn on Tuesday, May 5, allowing for local delivery or shipping prior to Mother's Day!

Happy Anniversary Governor Larry Hogan and Mrs. Hogan! Historic Annapolis was honored to share your day 16 years ago in ...
05/02/2020

Happy Anniversary Governor Larry Hogan and Mrs. Hogan! Historic Annapolis was honored to share your day 16 years ago in the William Paca Garden.

16 years ago, I married my beautiful wife Yumi and gained three daughters: Julie, Kim, and Jaymi. These four incredible women became the best part of my life, and I don’t know where I’d be without their love and support.

05/01/2020

#TodayInTheGarden - Joe's sharing a bit about our special live oak tree in the William Paca Garden. You don't normally see a live oak this far north!

It's one of our favorite traditions in #Annapolis - #MayDay! 🌸🌷🌼 In centuries past, the hanging of May Day baskets on Ma...
05/01/2020

It's one of our favorite traditions in #Annapolis - #MayDay! 🌸🌷🌼

In centuries past, the hanging of May Day baskets on May 1st was a traditional rite of spring in communities across the United States. Baskets were secretly hung on door knobs of neighbors, friends, elder folks, and sweethearts as a gesture of kindness and affection. But where did the delightful custom come from? Some say from the ancient Roman spring festival known as Floralia, devoted to Flora the goddess of flowers.

Though May Basket Day celebrations have mostly disappeared, not even COVID19 can stop this annual tradition in Annapolis that continues here to the delight of all as a special welcome to spring and the hope it brings!

Our basket at the William Paca House & Garden is honoring our frontline workers at all healthcare facilities - and we were pleased to deliver the over 150 homemade masks pictured to Anne Arundel Medical Center this morning!

#historicannapolis #annapolismaydayathome #annapolismayday #65thannapolismayday #visitannapolis

Paca Girlfriends, the hour is finally here! Head over to pacagirlfriends.com and buy your General Admission ticket now f...
05/01/2020

Paca Girlfriends, the hour is finally here! Head over to pacagirlfriends.com and buy your General Admission ticket now for the 12th Annual Paca Girlfriends Party!

The 2019 May Day basket at the William Paca House, crafted by our hard-working and creative volunteers. We can't wait to...
04/30/2020

The 2019 May Day basket at the William Paca House, crafted by our hard-working and creative volunteers. We can't wait to virtually share our 2020 May Day baskets with you tomorrow morning! #AnnapolisMayDayAtHome

Glenn's got more on the aftermath of the 'Good Intent' episode for you as today's #AnnapolisHistory:The four men who dis...
04/30/2020

Glenn's got more on the aftermath of the 'Good Intent' episode for you as today's #AnnapolisHistory:

The four men who disavowed their own boycott enforcement committee’s pamphlet about the ‘Good Intent’ episode didn’t have to wait long for responses from those they held responsible for its content. Just a week after the disgruntled members’ complaint appeared in the Maryland Gazette, the April 26, 1770 paper printed replies from both William Paca and Stephen West. West’s letter was brief and dismissive, Paca’s long and lawyerly in construction and tone.

Read the rest from Senior Historian Glenn Campbell on the HA Blog: historicannapolis.wixsite.com/hablog/post/reason-over-passion

04/29/2020
Curator's Corner: Handling Your Heirlooms

Robin's here for today's #CuratorsCorner to share some tips on handling your more precious collections items - you may be surprised by how you're supposed to pass the cream!

Paca Girlfriends, set your alarms! General Admission tickets for the 12th Annual Paca Girlfriends Party! will go on sale...
04/29/2020

Paca Girlfriends, set your alarms! General Admission tickets for the 12th Annual Paca Girlfriends Party! will go on sale THIS FRIDAY, May 1 at 9 am at pacagirlfriends.com.

Don't want to wait? VIP tickets are on sale now!

It's the William Paca Garden Plant Sale - reimagined! A tradition for over 40 years, the William Paca Garden Plant Sale ...
04/28/2020

It's the William Paca Garden Plant Sale - reimagined! A tradition for over 40 years, the William Paca Garden Plant Sale will still provide the opportunity to take home a piece of history, but due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, we've had to get a bit creative.

At this time we are re-working our plans to accommodate Plant Sale pre-orders and curbside pick-up for annuals, vines, and culinary plants, all lovingly grown by our Paca Garden staff and volunteers.

More details will be posted soon!

Announcing a chance to win this gorgeous collection of goodies from the HA Museum Store - a present that would be perfec...
04/27/2020

Announcing a chance to win this gorgeous collection of goodies from the HA Museum Store - a present that would be perfect for Mom!

Basket includes specially-chosen items valuing over $125, PLUS two general admission tickets for the 12th Annual Paca Girlfriends Party! and a gift certificate for the upcoming William Paca Garden Plant Sale!

Raffle tickets are 1 for $10 or 3 for $20. Try your luck and purchase a raffle ticket now at https://bit.ly/3bLKZLO.

Winner will be drawn on Tuesday, May 5, allowing for local delivery or shipping prior to Mother's Day!

Good #MarkerMonday to you!This stately pair of homes at 210 and 212 Prince George Street were constructed between 1864 a...
04/27/2020

Good #MarkerMonday to you!

This stately pair of homes at 210 and 212 Prince George Street were constructed between 1864 and 1867 by the Enterprise Building Association. The homes’ Greek Revival features, including the dentilled cornice and doorway, earn the homes a green marker. The Greek Revival style became popular after the War of 1812, when Americans became a bit disenchanted with British influences and looked more toward classical inspirations for their architecture.

The HA Museum Store misses you! We're thinking about developing some specially curated gift boxes for a one-stop gift sh...
04/27/2020

The HA Museum Store misses you! We're thinking about developing some specially curated gift boxes for a one-stop gift shop - perfect for Mom, Dad, your bestie's birthday, or lifting up your sweetie's spirits (we could ship or deliver locally). Would y'all be interested? Let us know in the comments!

Calling all Paca Girlfriends! Will we see you in September for the 12th Annual Paca Girlfriends Party!? VIP tickets are ...
04/26/2020

Calling all Paca Girlfriends! Will we see you in September for the 12th Annual Paca Girlfriends Party!?

VIP tickets are on sale now at pacagirlfriends.com.

General Admission tickets will go on sale at 9 am on Friday, May 1.

For our final day of National Volunteer Week, we are celebrating our Education #VolunteerVoices! Donna Usewick is sharin...
04/25/2020

For our final day of National Volunteer Week, we are celebrating our Education #VolunteerVoices! Donna Usewick is sharing a bit about what drew her to HA and her contributions to Annapolis Footprints, our popular after-school program.

"I retired as an elementary school principal in 2017. Before doing so, I made a list of all of the volunteer work, etc. that I wanted to explore. First on my list was to work with Historic Annapolis, mainly because of my love for the city. Having been born and raised here, coupled with my educational background, I thought that HA would be a good fit. It has worked out beautifully. I am a regular volunteer at Hogshead and portray a Milliner. I love the opportunity to meet people from all over the world and share the history of this treasure that HA restored. Footprints, an historical Annapolis educational after-school program is another area in which I have participated. My educational experience has enabled me to assist in re-writing the program to better suit the purpose of giving students an experience of the rich history of our city. My experiences with HA continue to be everything that I thought they would be. I have gained so much personally but feel like I am giving back a little something to the community that I love."

Put yourself in the Paca Garden for your next Zoom meeting! We've got some great backgrounds for you from the William Pa...
04/24/2020
Zoom with HA!

Put yourself in the Paca Garden for your next Zoom meeting! We've got some great backgrounds for you from the William Paca House and Garden.

Visit our blog to download any or all of our choices!

If you're like us, you're missing the William Paca House and Garden like crazy - we are looking forward to the day when we can welcome you back to wander through the blooming parterres and visit the ducks and frogs in our pond, or take a tour of the house and enjoy the beautiful architecture, decora...

Say Hello to Our Interns! Today's #VolunteerVoices is a highlight on one of our stupendous interns, Ellie. "Hi, I’m Elli...
04/24/2020

Say Hello to Our Interns! Today's #VolunteerVoices is a highlight on one of our stupendous interns, Ellie.

"Hi, I’m Ellie! I am currently a junior at St. John’s College, and have been working with Historic Annapolis for two years. It has been such a wonderful experience, as it has not only taught me a lot about organizing public programs and historic preservation, but it has provided the opportunity to get to know the history of my town, and all the people in it. In my internship, I have assisted in administrating many adult and children’s programs, marketing research, and more. I have even been a living history docent myself in HA’s quaint little Hogshead! I have been able to see how an organization like HA runs behind the scenes, and be face-to face with our members! The experiences I have at HA are ones I will carry with me in whatever career I pursue…thank you HA!!"

#AnnapolisHistory is getting a bit dishy! Glenn's sharing more about the tensions circling the tale of the 'Good Intent'...
04/23/2020

#AnnapolisHistory is getting a bit dishy! Glenn's sharing more about the tensions circling the tale of the 'Good Intent' incident today:

250 years ago, when William Paca and Stephen West published a pamphlet detailing the story of the ship 'Good Intent,' they knew their hardline handling of its cargo of boycotted goods wouldn’t meet with everyone’s approval... but they probably didn’t expect to get lambasted right away by other members of their own Committee. Yet there it was in the April 19, 1770 “Maryland Gazette”: a letter by four men who disavowed the pamphlet…

Read the rest from Senior Historian Glenn Campbell on HA’s new blog (and catch up on the first part of the story, if you missed it!): http://historicannapolis.wixsite.com/hablog/post/the-tale-of-the-good-intent-thickens

Today's #VolunteerVoices is one of our wonderful docents at the William Paca House and a helpful administrative voluntee...
04/23/2020

Today's #VolunteerVoices is one of our wonderful docents at the William Paca House and a helpful administrative volunteer for our Development & Marketing Department - Margaret Acquarulo.

We asked Margaret what she is doing to keep busy right now - and the answer is research! During our closure she has delved into another era of America's history. Margaret's father, at age 17, joined the U.S. Navy during WWII and served on a ship in the Pacific. Margaret was fortunate to have all of the letters he wrote home during his time in the service, and she recently published these in a book for her family. Margaret said it was exciting for her to research the places he went and things he saw. She added this information to the book so that future generations will have a better understanding of the time in which he lived.

HA Volunteers are always good about taking the time to learn something new!

It's a bonus #CuratorsCorner post from Robin for #EarthDay!Are you using social media sites like Pinterest and Facebook ...
04/22/2020

It's a bonus #CuratorsCorner post from Robin for #EarthDay!

Are you using social media sites like Pinterest and Facebook for garden inspiration? In the 18th century, people like William Paca referred to encyclopedic books such as this 1737 gardening dictionary in our collection (and what a title it has: “The Gardeners Dictionary: Containing the Methods of Cultivating and Improving the Kitchen, Fruit and Flower Garden, as Also the Physick Garden, Wilderness, Conservatory, and Vineyard.”

You can read the book yourself on Google - perhaps you'll find it inspirational for your garden planning!

https://www.google.com/books/edition/The_Gardeners_Dictionary/4QE2AAAAMAAJ?hl=en&gbpv=0

Robin is celebrating #EarthDay during today's #CuratorsCorner:Happy Earth Day! While we are celebrating 50 years of the ...
04/22/2020

Robin is celebrating #EarthDay during today's #CuratorsCorner:

Happy Earth Day! While we are celebrating 50 years of the official holiday, people in Annapolis and across the globe were appreciating nature long before now. Here at the William Paca House, you can see several objects that draw their inspiration from the beauty of the earth - from the vases to the carpet.

One of our Hogshead #VolunteerVoices is sharing his story with us today: meet Joe Cook!"Dear Friends,My name is Joe Cook...
04/22/2020

One of our Hogshead #VolunteerVoices is sharing his story with us today: meet Joe Cook!

"Dear Friends,
My name is Joe Cook. I’m a local Annapolitan and at Hogshead, I portray Jubb Fowler, a local town carpenter. I’m just one of the many wonderful tradespeople of the 18th century. I enjoy working with tools - cutting, shaping and crafting items out of wood, from a tool handle to a storage shed to a new dwelling. Some of the tools carpenters would have used are a hammer, saw, brace and bit “drill”, chisel, draw knife, draw bench, plain, marking gage, compass, square, clamps, etc. On some larger scale projects, carpenters also made scaffolding and rigging towers, and used block and tackle pullies and rope for the installation of work.
I have a passion for history and enjoy sharing my passion with others. I enjoy getting to meet visitors and working with so many other talented HA volunteers!"

Photo by Ken Tom.

For Volunteer Appreciation Week, we're pleased to share some #VolunteerVoices! Lynn Stephens shares this about her exper...
04/21/2020

For Volunteer Appreciation Week, we're pleased to share some #VolunteerVoices!

Lynn Stephens shares this about her experience with Historic Annapolis and why she became a Paca House Docent:
"Having moved to Annapolis in October 2018, my goal was to become involved in my new city by learning as much as I could about its history and the history of the State of Maryland. Little did I know what a rich history I would immerse myself in. HA is an organization of which I am proud to be a member. Its devotion to maintaining and sharing the rich heritage of our beautiful city is clear in its successes and continuing education programs offered to its members.
As a Docent at the William Paca House, I find that I am learning regularly from the historians, curators, staff, and other volunteers. Sharing the details of the Paca House and the fascinating stories of those who lived and worked in the house is a pure joy. The Dining Room has become my favorite location in the house. Not only is it filled with such outstanding pieces such as the Faris-Shaw-Chisolm Case Clock, and the stunning cutlery boxes, but it is such a warm and inviting room. One can easily imagine Mr. and Mrs. Paca welcoming guests into the room for a beautifully prepared meal and lively conversation. Thank you HA for welcoming me into the fold!"

Join Lynn and become a Historic Annapolis member today to help us continue our work to Preserve, Protect, and Connect. Learn more about our memberships at www.annapolis.org/support/memberships

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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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