The James Brice House celebrated its 250th birthday in 2017 and has been undergoing restoration to its 18th century grandeur since. Fortunately, the National Historic Landmark can still be seen by the public on select days during Summer 2019.
Historic Annapolis hosts a Hard Hat Tour that lets visitors discover the workings of a preservation project up close. They will learn all about the original craftsmen who built the house and the modern techniques for restoring it today. Attendees will also hear fascinating stories about the people who lived and toiled inside the mansion.
James Brice was a lawyer and served as the mayor of Annapolis from 1782 to 1783 and 1787 to 1788. He then became Maryland’s active governor in 1792. In 1767, Brice started constructing his Georgian brick mansion after his father, Judge Brice, passed away. The Brice family owned the home until 1874.
In 1970, the James Brice House was named a National Historic Landmark. Nine years later, the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen bought the property.
In 1998, archaeologists uncovered caches of hoodoo, spiritual offerings that were hidden by slaves.
The State of Maryland acquired the mansion and its grounds in 2014. Historic Annapolis has overseen its maintenance, management, and restoration of the landmark since.
Location: Hard Hat Tour attendees will first meet at the William Paca House on 186 Prince George Street. Reservations are required.
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
For more information and reservations, please click on the tour dates below.
Your Inn Near the Hard Hat Tour
The Paca and Brice Houses are only a short walk away from Gibson’s Lodgings, a historic inn located in downtown Annapolis offering superb accommodations and free parking for guests.
Gibson’s three houses host 20 fully-furnished guest rooms, with three 19th-century parlors, a dining room, conference room, and a beautiful central courtyard. See the photos of our beautiful rooms by clicking on the link for each house below.
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.