Historic Annapolis

Historic Annapolis is pleased to offer advance reservation group tours, for parties of 10 or more, of the following sites and special exhibits:
William Paca House and Garden

Begin your Annapolis adventure at one of Annapolis’s most historic homes, the William Paca House and Garden. The restored home of William Paca, signer of the Declaration of Independence and Revolutionary-era Governor of Maryland stands today as one of the most elegant National Historic Landmarks in Annapolis. Stroll through an 18th century pleasure garden – 2-acres of meticulously maintained gardens are sure to engage all the senses!

Exclusive garden tours are led by our knowledgeable Garden Guides, who will share much information and answer any questions you may have about the history of the garden and the exceptional plant collections within!

James Brice House

Come visit the majestic James Brice House (ca 1767). The house has been deemed one of the top five best examples of colonial architecture in America by many noted architectural historians. Most of the 18th century interior has survived including delicate moldings, intricate carvings on the stair case and many unusual architectural features, such as a hidden servant’s staircase. Thanks to James Brice’s meticulous account book and his probate inventory much is known about the Annapolis community. Brice recorded names, wages and comments about nearly every craftsman who worked on the house! Come learn about the history of one of the most beautiful homes in Annapolis.


Hogshead at 43 Pinkney Street is an early 19th-century building similar to the modest wood frame structures that housed many colonial Annapolitans and new recruits to revolutionary service. Today, it serves as an interactive, hands-on museum and historic landmark, offering visitors the opportunity to experience what life was like during the 1700s in Annapolis.

Hogshead visitors will see, hear, and touch what life entailed for frontiersmen, soldiers in the Revolutionary War, and enslaved or indentured workers. Here, you can pick up the heavy weight of a musket and feel what it would have been like to go hunting centuries ago.

Freedom Bound

Freedom Bound: Runaways of the Chesapeake is a story of resistance to servitude and slavery in the Chesapeake region. The exhibit begins in the 1720s, during the colonial period, and ends in the 1860s amidst the nation’s Civil War. You will meet people who were treated as property, and discover how they resisted that condition and asserted some degree of control over their lives and circumstances.

Videos, historic artifacts, actual runaway advertisements dating from 1728-1864, hands-on activities, mannequins, and reproduction clothing will tell the story of real people who struggled for freedom.

42 East Street, Annapolis,
Anne Arundel
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