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Hotel, Inn. Annapolis MDVisitors to Maryland’s scenic capital are cordially invited by Historic Annapolis to celebrate the 250th birthday of the James Brice House, a National Historic Landmark. They will be throwing a festive party that will include games, activities, and party snacks. There will also be a wonderful chance to explore the beautiful five-part 18th Century Georgian style brick mansion and learn about its history and residents.


Lawyer James Brice, who served as Annapolis’ mayor from 1782 to 1783 and 1787 to 1788 and Maryland’s active governor in 1792, built the house in 1767 after his father, Judge Brice, passed away. The Brice family remained the owners until 1874, when the Martin family purchased it. In 1911, the house was bought by the owners of the Carvel Hall Hotel of Annapolis. In 1927, St. John’s College acquired and converted the house into faculty apartments. Stanley and Helen Wohl took ownership in 1953, overseeing renovations that restored it to a single-family home.

Prominence & Preservation

Declared a National Historic Landmark in 1970, the Brice House was purchased by The International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen nine years later. The International Masonry Institute subsequently used the facilities as an office and conference site. Archaeologists discovered mysterious caches of hoodoo, spiritual offerings concealed by slaves in 1998. In 2014, the State of Maryland acquired the property, and Historic Annapolis has been responsible since then for the maintenance and management of the landmark.

Noteworthy Features

The Brice House’s exterior is noteworthy for its austerity due to prominent brick walls. In contrast, Brice’s interior is luxurious, which has been credited to the influence of architect William Buckland. As Historic Annapolis describes, “The main staircase is crafted of rich mahogany. The drawing room is the home’s largest and most lavishly decorated space, featuring a plaster cornice and paneling, a carved mantel and overmantel, and interior window shutters. A hidden service stair, similar…to one in the house where James Brice grew up, provided access to the second floor, where private family chambers are arranged to the front and rear of a transverse passage.”

Brice House 250th Birthday Party Details & Tours

Date: Saturday, April 8, 2017

Location: James Brice House, 42 East Street, Annapolis, MD

Time: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

No reservations required

Cost: Free


Group tours are by appointment and can be arranged by calling the Historic Annapolis offices at 410-267-7619. They are open weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Your Inn Near the James Brice House

The James Brice House 250th Birthday Party is only a short walk 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.

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