Historic Annapolis will host two 4th of July events at the William Paca House and Garden to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence by William Paca. The celebration of our America’s birthday starts with a moving Naturalization Ceremony, where dozens of people from around the world are granted American citizenship.
Following the ceremony is a tour of the magnificent Georgian mansion Paca designed and built 250 years ago, along with its beautiful two-acre garden. Visitors will encounter Mr. Paca and several notable Annapolis residents, played by costumed re-enactors, and learn why they dedicated their lives, fortunes, and honor to establish a new nation.
The William Paca House and Garden was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1971. Located in the historic district of Annapolis, the colonial grounds were restored to original grandeur by using archaeological excavations and the backdrop of a 1772 painting by Charles Wilson Peale.
Born in 1740, William Paca befriended fellow young Annapolis lawyer and political colleague, Samuel Chase, when Americans began protesting British rule. Paca and Chase led Maryland’s opposition to the 1765 British Stamp Act. They later co-founded the Anne Arundel County chapter of the Sons of Liberty, a secret society formed to protect the rights of colonists. Paca went on to serve three terms as Maryland’s Governor and became one of our nation’s founding fathers by signing the Declaration of Independence.
A bridge decorated with Chinese-inspired latticework spans a small pond and leads to Paca’s Summerhouse, the garden’s focal point. During pleasant spring and summer days, Paca and his family entertained their guests from the top floor as they gazed down upon the garden. The Summerhouse is located in an area of Paca’s property called “the Wilderness”. Paths snake between intricate arrangements of a wide variety of plants.
Date: Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Location: William Paca House and Garden, 186 Prince George Street, Annapolis
Time: 10 a.m. – Naturalization Ceremony and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Living History in the William Paca House
For More Information: 4th of July William Paca Open House
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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.