The motto of Historic Annapolis is to “Preserve. Protect. Connect.” Founded in 1952, Historic Annapolis (HA) is a non-profit organization whose mission is the preservation and protection of the history of Annapolis, Maryland. They also organize events and provide tours that allow locals and visitors to connect with the region’s rich heritage. To further these efforts, HA offers group tours of the sites and exhibits below:
A compelling tale of the resistance to slavery in the Chesapeake area, the Freedom Bound: Runaways of the Chesapeake exhibit starts during the colonial 1720s and finishes during the 1860s as the Civil War rages. Attendees will meet slaves and learn the methods they used to resist servitude and assert their personhood. According to HA, “videos, historic artifacts, actual runaway advertisements dating from 1728-1864, hands-on activities, mannequins, and reproduction clothing” will be on display to illustrate the slaves’ struggle for freedom.
A 19th Century wood frame structure, Hogshead housed numerous Annapolitans who were recruited into the American Revolutionary Army. Nowadays, the building is a historic landmark and interactive museum that provides visitors a glimpse into the lives of Annapolis locals during the 1700s. According to HA, those who enter Hogshead will be able to well imagine the lives of frontiersmen, soldiers, slaves, and indentured workers.
James Brice House
The magnificent James Brice House is considered by experts as one of five prime examples of colonial architecture in the United States and is a National Historic Landmark. The majority of the interior’s fine features dating from the 18th Century remain. including intricate staircase carvings, delicate moldings, and a hidden servant’s staircase.
William Paca House and Garden
The William Paca House and Garden is one of the grandest restored historic homes in Annapolis. William Paca signed the Declaration of Independence and served as a Governor of Maryland. The house is a National Historic Landmark, and the stately 18th Century garden was restored with the help of a painting by Charles Willson Peale.
For more information and to make reservations for parties of 10 or more, contact:
Courtney Knapp, Group Tour Coordinator
Tel: (410) 990-4754
Your Inn Near Historic Annapolis Group Tour
All the sites above are very near 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.