Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1971, the William Paca House and Garden is located within the historic district of Annapolis. Using the background of a 1772 painting by Charles Willson Peale as a guide, its two-acre grounds were restored to their original colonial splendor through the use of archaeology.
On Wednesday, December 13, 2017, Historic Annapolis (HA) will host the William Paca House: Nooks and Crannies Tour. HA describes the event as a “rare opportunity to step beyond a classic guided house tour.” Those who attend “will peek behind closed doors, explore unique features in the extensive grounds, and discover hidden details and stories. This experience transcends the content of the standard house tours and is ideal for those who love the William Paca House and are intrigued to delve deeper into the site’s long and rich history.”
One of our great nation’s founding fathers, William Paca signed the Declaration of Independence and served three terms as Maryland’s governor. He was also an artistic man, designing the architecture for his Georgian home, which was constructed between 1763 and 1765. Historic Annapolis also oversaw a restoration of the house’s interior, and visitors may take a guided tour. However, the pièce de résistance of the property is Paca’s beautiful brick-walled garden.
Chinese-inspired latticework decorates a bridge that spans a small pond and leads to Paca’s Summerhouse. Serving as the garden’s focal point, the structure was used by the Paca family during pleasant spring and summer days to entertain guests. The top floor provides a great vantage point to view the entire garden. The Summerhouse was built in the portion of Paca’s property he named “the Wilderness”. Meandering pathways wind through complex configurations of an astounding variety of plants.
Nooks and Crannies Tour Details
Date: Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: William Paca House and Garden
Address: 186 Prince George Street, Annapolis
General Admission: $25
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Your Inn Near the Nooks and Crannies Tour
The William Paca House and Garden is less than a quarter of a mile 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.