The Hammond–Harwood House (HHH), the “Jewel of Annapolis,” is one of the finest American houses still existing from the British colonial period. Inspired by Andrea Palladio’s Quattro Libri dell’Architettura (The Four Books of Architecture), architect William Buckland designed the house for Matthias Hammond, a wealthy landowner of Anne Arundel County, Maryland.
Now a museum open to the public, it hosts some of the best tours offered in Annapolis, and August 2016 promises to be an ideal time for visitors. For more details: Hammond-Harwood House Upcoming Events
Architecture Tour – August 5, 3:00 p.m.
The Hammond-Harwood House offers a two hour, in depth tour of the architecture of the house. This detailed tour features the exquisite plasterwork, woodwork, and architectural highlights including the jib door and bulls eye window.
Paint Like Peale – August 6, 2:00 p.m.
This interactive tour takes children on a journey through the museum exploring the collection of the Peale paintings. The tour highlights different aspects of Charles Willson Peale’s life including his discovery of a mastodon and creating one of the nation’s first museums. Children will then have the opportunity to create a portrait or paint a dinosaur.
Charles Willson Peale Walking Tour – August 12, 3:00 p.m.
If Charles Willson Peale, Painter of the Patriots, were to walk the streets of Annapolis today, he would still recognize the places where he worked, shopped, and socialized. This walking tour the historic district of Annapolis where Peale’s world has been preserved follows in his footsteps.
John Shaw Furniture Tour – August 26, 3:00 p.m.
This 90-minute tour explores the craftsmanship of Annapolis cabinet maker John Shaw. The museum curator will highlight some of Shaw’s finest pieces and the world in which Shaw lived in the late18th century.
August is for Austen Tours – TBA
August is all about Austen at the Hammond-Harwood House! This month the museum will offer special tours comparing the lives of the Loockerman family and the characters in Jane Austen’s novels. The tour will talk about room usage and social graces of the period and will encourage participation and speculate about what Jane would do! Tea in the garden will be available upon request.
A B&B Near HHH
The Hammond–Harwood House is less than half a mile away from Gibson’s Lodgings, a historic inn located in downtown Annapolis. Call us to reserve your bed and breakfast room at our toll free number 877-330-0057. We’ll be very happy to serve you and your family throughout the year.