For a beautiful site of colonial history very near Annapolis, make Historic London Town and Gardens (HLTAG) your destination. It is a park of 23 acres that features history, archaeology, and horticulture on the South River in Edgewater, Maryland, which is about a 20-minute drive away from Annapolis, the state capital.
Owned by Anne Arundel County and overseen by the non-profit London Town Foundation created in 1993, London Town develops and conducts “interpretive, recreational, and educational programs that allow visitors to learn about our historical, archaeological, and horticultural offerings.”
Colonial and 19th Century History
According to Wikipedia, “London Town was a colonial seaport town founded in 1683” as Anne Arundel County’s seat. “The original wharf was built by Colonel William Burgess, one of the area’s original settlers. He parceled his land and sold it, leading to the creation of the town with the Act of 1683.” Interestingly, the town was under consideration as the site for Maryland’s capital for a time. As prominent as Annapolis and Williamsburg, Virginia in terms of trade, London Town eventually declined and disappeared by the 19th century because it was not selected as a tobacco inspection station, economic depression, and the Revolutionary War.
Historic London Town and Gardens
HLTAG is a public museum and archeology lab. According to their website, “The only remaining historic structure on site is the William Brown House. Built in c.1760 as an upscale tavern, the William Brown House became the county’s almshouse from 1828 – 1965. Today it is the centerpiece of our historic area, which also includes a reconstructed Carpenter’s Shop and Lord Mayor’s Tenement with kitchen garden, ropewalk, and an 18th century tobacco barn.” The William Brown House is on the National Register of Historic Landmarks.
First created in the late 1960s, London Town’s woodland gardens are 8 acres in size and feature an azalea glade with plantings of both deciduous and evergreen, a holly collection, a camellia walk with winter blooming camellias, and a winter garden with evergreens such as mountain laurel.
Address: 839 Londontown Road, Edgewater, MD 21037
Winter Hours (starting December 1): Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
SITE CLOSED FROM DECEMBER 23 to JANUARY 16
Winter Reduced Admission Rates: $5 admission 17 and older, $3 admission 4-6 years old, and free for children 3 and under
Note: Free parking. Leashed dogs welcome. Free Wi-Fi in the Visitor Center.
Phone Number: (410) 222-1919
A B&B Near the Historic London Town
London Town is only a scenic 20-minute, 8.5 mile drive 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.