The Historic Annapolis Museum & Store on 99 Main Street is a great place for tourists visiting Maryland’s capital for the first time. They can quickly get acquainted with the city’s history and shop for great souvenirs to bring home. The Museum Store has a wonderful selection of gifts that are Chesapeake Bay regional, historic, and vintage inspired. The proceeds provide funding for the preservation, education and advocacy efforts of Historic Annapolis, a non-profit organization. After shopping, go upstairs for Freedom Bound: Runaways of the Chesapeake, the present museum exhibit. However, history begins the moment you step inside the building.
During the wee hours of January 21, 1790, a fire started inside Richard Fleming’s bakery on what is currently the corner of the streets Main and Green. The flames consumed the majority of the buildings lining the waterfront block. After this fire, the building now housing the Historic Annapolis Museum & Store was constructed. According to the Archives of Maryland, “Frederick Grammar was born about 1751 in Germany. He immigrated to Philadelphia, but by 1777 he relocated to Annapolis…Grammar was a successful baker in Annapolis where he purchased land from the Carroll’s and constructed a house at 99 Main Street. He later built a bakery at the back of the Main Street home, leasing the front portion of the building to his good friend Lewis Neth for 99 years.”
Restoration & Remodeling
In the 1950s, according to Historic Annapolis, “a structural wall was accidentally demolished at 99 Main Street, and the city ordered that the building be razed. A group of Historic Annapolis board members formed Port of Annapolis, Inc. to purchase the property and finance its restoration and adaptive reuse. Restoration was completed in 1960, and the site opened as the Sports and Specialties Shop. In 1970, it became the location of the Sign o’ the Whale.”
The 2004 to 2006 project to remodel the building into a preservation and education center was extensive. “Crews removed much of the 1950s building material, being careful to preserve the older structural fabric. Modern electrical, HVAC, plumbing, water, fire detection and suppression, telecommunications, and data systems were installed to equip the 18th-century building for 21st-century visitors. An elevator tower was built against 196 Green Street to provide access to all floors of both buildings without compromising the site’s street-side facades.”
Historic Annapolis Museum & Store Information
Address: 99 Main Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
Telephone: (410) 267-6656
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: Free, but donations welcome.
A Inn Near the Museum & Store
99 Main Street is less than a quarter of a mile away from Gibson’s Lodgings, a historic inn located in downtown Annapolis. Call us to reserve your room at our toll free number 877-330-0057. We’ll be very happy to serve you and your family throughout the year.