Robert Long House and Garden

Robert Long House and Garden Welcome to the house that Robert Long built in 1765, it stands proudly, the oldest urban residence in Baltimore City; a house museum since 1985.
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Operating as usual

We are excited to be a part of this!
09/19/2020

We are excited to be a part of this!

We're continuing with our feature of our 2020 Spruce-Up project grant recipients. Congratulations to The Society for the Preservation of Federal Hill & Fell's Point for their award, which will enhance the fencing and public signage at the Colonial Garden, next to the Robert Long House at 812 S. Ann in Fell's Point. The Preservation Society's vice president Jeffrey Dewberry is stewarding this project.

Thank you to the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development for funding this program through their Baltimore Regional Neighborhood Initiative.

Our garden volunteers were honored on September 11 with the Fell's Point Selfless Service Award and a citation from the ...
09/13/2020

Our garden volunteers were honored on September 11 with the Fell's Point Selfless Service Award and a citation from the Maryland General Assembly sponsored by the delegates of Legislative District 46. Well done: Jill Bell, George Frazier, Ann Gummerson, Bill Earley, David Johnson, Steven Lampredi, Arthur Perschetz, and Lois Perschetz!

See the Robert Long Garden before the change of season!
09/05/2020

See the Robert Long Garden before the change of season!

We've changed the name of our page to include our wonderful garden. Our volunteer gardeners are our treasures. See their...
09/03/2020

We've changed the name of our page to include our wonderful garden. Our volunteer gardeners are our treasures. See their work today!

See the Robert Long House Garden. No appointment needed. (Closed at Dusk)
09/03/2020

See the Robert Long House Garden. No appointment needed. (Closed at Dusk)

Robert Long House and Garden's cover photo
07/23/2020

Robert Long House and Garden's cover photo

We had a train day in the garden. Here are some pictures by George Frazier
07/07/2020

We had a train day in the garden. Here are some pictures by George Frazier

07/04/2020
Five Minute Histories: The Robert Long House

Visit us tomorrow for Train Day in the Garden!

Happy 4th of July (well, one day early). Today, join us in the colonial garden at the Robert Long House for one more video about Baltimore in the Revolution....

Colors of the past.
06/18/2020

Colors of the past.

A group of select wool dyeing recipes from about 1720-1741. These are taken from a group of 15 volumes (some complete, others partial) recording the dyeing business ran on Clink Street, London between 1716-1744 by the Crutchley family.

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05/03/2020

The College of Physicians adopted a series of eleven preventive measures for the city of Philadelphia on August 26, 1793:
Avoid every infected person, as much as possible.
Avoid fatigue in body and mind. Don’t stand or sit in a draft, or in the sun, or in the evening air.
Dress according to the weather. Avoid intemperance. Drink sparingly of wine, beer, or cider.
When visiting the sick, use vinegar or camphor on your handkerchief, carry it in smelling bottles, use it frequently.
Somehow mark every house with sickness in it, on the door or window.
Place your patients in the center of your biggest, airiest room, in beds without curtains. Change their clothes and bed linen often. Remove all offensive matter as quickly as possible.
Stop the tolling of the bells at once.
Bury the dead in closed carriages, as privately as possible.
Clean the streets, and keep them clean.
Stop building fires in your houses, or on the streets. They have no useful effect. But burn gunpowder. It clears the air. And use vinegar and camphor generally.
Most important of all, let a large and airy hospital be provided near the city, to receive poor people stricken with the disease who cannot otherwise be cared for.

03/20/2020

Robert Long House will be closed to the public for a time. The garden is open to any well-behaved friends and neighbors who might be passing by.

Good news for researchers of the Revolution! After years of talks, the David is partnering with the venerable American P...
03/10/2020
American Philosophical Society and David Library join to create a center for study of the revolutionary era

Good news for researchers of the Revolution!

After years of talks, the David is partnering with the venerable American Philosophical Society, at Fifth and Chestnut Streets, and the resulting David Center for the Study of the American Revolution will be “a powerhouse” nationally for the study of all things related to the Revolutionary era, said Patrick Spero, director of the APS library.

Philly field trip!

The library has moved its operations into the Philosophical Society to create one-stop shopping for researchers into the American revolutionary era.

03/05/2020

Our open hours are changing for the season. We will be open Sundays 2pm to 5pm until Fall arrives.

Carnival season is drawing to an end!
02/24/2020

Carnival season is drawing to an end!

Take a walking tour to learn even more! The Caulkers' Houses are an especial treat with Baltimore Heritage.
02/20/2020
New Tours In Bloom for the Spring: Westminster Hall Burying Ground and the Baltimore by Foot Series – Baltimore Heritage

Take a walking tour to learn even more! The Caulkers' Houses are an especial treat with Baltimore Heritage.

New Tours In Bloom for the Spring: Westminster Hall Burying Ground and the Baltimore by Foot Series February 20, 2020 Spring is right around the corner and with it comes a host of new heritage tours. On March 7, we hope you can join us to explore the catacombs underneath Baltimore’s First Presbyte...

If we had a paper-wig making party with demonstrations and supplies, would you come??
02/14/2020
Miniature Seascapes and Cities Top Elaborate Paper Wigs by Asya Kozina and Dmitriy Kozin

If we had a paper-wig making party with demonstrations and supplies, would you come??

Saint Petersburg-based paper artists Asya Kozina and Dmitriy Kozin situate miniature worlds atop their towering paper wigs. The detailed headdresses combine contemporary themes with historical elements, resembling the extravagant hair and head pieces of the Baroque period. A recent series crafted fo

Don't have time to powder or pomade? Victoria&Albert Museum, London offers a virtual wig! We had great fun playing aroun...
02/13/2020

Don't have time to powder or pomade? Victoria&Albert Museum, London offers a virtual wig!

We had great fun playing around with ours.

Try it here: https://www.vam.ac.uk/designawig/

And still more awesome things on the #Douglass #Harriet front. (Also we highly recommend Cynthia Erivo's portrayal of Ha...
02/11/2020
Maryland unveils statues of Tubman, Douglass in Capitol

And still more awesome things on the #Douglass #Harriet front. (Also we highly recommend Cynthia Erivo's portrayal of Harriet)

At a time when states are debating the removal of Confederate monuments, Maryland has added bronze statues of two of the state's famous black historical figures to the Maryland State House

Enjoy this striking image from the British engraver and publisher Valentine Green.Life, with all its frivolity and distr...
01/29/2020

Enjoy this striking image from the British engraver and publisher Valentine Green.

Life, with all its frivolity and distractions (symbolised by the romance novel, parlour games, and high society lady in all her finery) is in fact - echoing the sentiment of Ecclesiastes (quoted on the obelisk) - nothing but "vanity", all lives as they do inevitably ending in death.

We wonder if Robert Long meditated thus... As an import/export merchant class man, he probably endorsed the importation of finery ;-)

Today's #GeorgianJanuary theme is "life and death" which makes this etching perfect. "Life and Death Contrasted - or: An Essay on Women" 1794, by Robert Dighton. I suspect I should be glad that I can't read the "essay" itself (which is written out on the obelisk) that probably contains some eye-rolling stuff for our modern minds, so instead I will just appreciate the creepy goth vibes from this piece.

Dames a la Mode
01/24/2020

Dames a la Mode

Check out this list of lectures!!! #1770s #colonial #history
01/24/2020
Saturdays in February at 10am

Check out this list of lectures!!! #1770s #colonial #history

Each Saturday in February 2020, learn from a noted scholar about the LGBTQ+ experience in the Chesapeake region.

Tonight from 7 P.M. - 9 P.M we shall be open by candlelight for our Calligraphy workshop. Come have a peek, take up a qu...
01/23/2020

Tonight from 7 P.M. - 9 P.M we shall be open by candlelight for our Calligraphy workshop. Come have a peek, take up a quill or just enjoy the company in our 1765 colonial home.

Unseasonable post ahead: What Martha Washington wore to bath in the springs...We'll be wearing OUR warmest clothes to gr...
01/09/2020
Bathing gown

Unseasonable post ahead: What Martha Washington wore to bath in the springs...
We'll be wearing OUR warmest clothes to greet you this Sunday at noon - 3 P.M. Pop on in. Grab a cup of tea with us.

Blue and white checked linen bathing gown; the gown is constructed in the form of a shift; the main body of the gown is cut from a single piece of linen; sleeves are gathered near the shoulder and set in with a gusset at the bottom of the arm's eye; two linen twill tape ties are sewn at the top edge...

Time to get warm in style!
01/06/2020

Time to get warm in style!

|| #georgianjanuary : City & Town || A lovely depiction of a winter stroll in the city! I will be making my version of this outfit over the coming months - wish me luck! Winter, from the original by John Collet, 1778. Via the British Museum.
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#historygeek #historichair #powderedhair #pomadeandpowder #marieantoinettehair #bighairdontcare #higherthehairtheclosertogod #womeninart #18thcenturyart #winter #cloak

12/31/2019
Photos from Robert Long House's post
12/31/2019

Photos from Robert Long House's post

We often get asked for our seafood and crab cake recommendations... I say, look no further than Duda's Tavern ... and Ba...
12/18/2019
Duda’s Tavern Celebrates 70 Years in Fells Point

We often get asked for our seafood and crab cake recommendations... I say, look no further than Duda's Tavern
... and Baltimore Magazine agrees!

The family-run joint has had four generations of Duda’s at the helm.

Time for gingerbread is upon us... don't forget the treacle! And cream!
12/17/2019

Time for gingerbread is upon us... don't forget the treacle! And cream!

Ginger-bread cake recipe. Glasse, Hannah. The Art of Cookery. 1770. Contributed in BHL from Smithsonian Libraries. https://s.si.edu/36Jsntg.

Wonder who will win? Place your vote with a sip of each on Fell's Point Main Street
12/06/2019

Wonder who will win? Place your vote with a sip of each on Fell's Point Main Street

Don't miss our annual Egg Nog Competition at Olde Tyme Christmas! Who will take the crown this year?
Taste and vote from over 15 batches! - $6+ fees for purchase in advance and $8 onsite at FPMS tent
Fell’s Point neighborhood, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Buy tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/olde-tyme-christmas-festival-tickets-74104278893?aff=ebdssbeac

11/26/2019
Robert Long House's cover photo
11/26/2019

Robert Long House's cover photo

Address

812 S Ann St
Baltimore, MD
21231-3403

Opening Hours

Sunday 09:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(410) 675-6750

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The experience and history of the Robert Long house was so interesting to learn about and just be in that very house! I learned a lot about some real Baltimore history last Sunday when I went. I would highly suggest this place to anyone interested in history, museums, or just looking for something different! Definitely will be going back again.
Knotty Question! Will try & visit!'
Interesting article from 1992 about how Fell's Point was rescued from the highway!