On May 18, 2017, Historic Annapolis will host the William Paca House: Nooks and Crannies Tour. Visitors will be able to peek into normally closed rooms, discover unique elements of the lovely grounds, and listen to once-concealed tales. The event will surpass the typical tours of historic mansions.
The William Paca House and Garden was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1971. Located in the historic district of Annapolis, the grounds are two acres of colonial beauty restored to original grandeur by using archaeology and the backdrop of a 1772 painting by Charles Wilson Peale.
Born in 1740, William Paca befriended fellow young Annapolis lawyer and political colleague, Samuel Chase, when Americans began protesting British rule. Paca and Chase led Maryland’s opposition to the British Stamp Act of 1765. They later co-founded the Anne Arundel County chapter of the Sons of Liberty, a secret society formed to protect the rights of colonists.
Paca went on to serve three terms as Maryland’s Governor and became one of the nation’s founding fathers by signing the Declaration of Independence. A Renaissance man, Paca served as the chief architect for the Georgian design of his home, which was built from 1763 to 1765.
A bridge decorated with Chinese-inspired latticework spans a small pond and leads to Paca’s Summerhouse, the garden’s focal point. During pleasant spring and summer days, Paca and his family entertained their guests from the top floor as they gazed down upon the garden. The Summerhouse is located in an area of Paca’s property called “the Wilderness”. Paths snake between intricate arrangements of a wide variety of plants. Make sure to take a look when you are in the garden.
Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017
Time: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: William Paca House and Garden
Address: 186 Prince George Street, Annapolis
General Admission: $25
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Your Inn Near the Nooks & Crannies Tour
The William Paca House and Garden 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.