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Take the Revolutionary Annapolis Walking Tour and discover William Paca’s compelling life story. You will find out how a rising youthful lawyer became a rebel, revolutionary, Declaration of Independence signer, and Maryland’s Governor. Beginning at the Paca House and Garden and ending at the Maryland State House, the guided walking tour will be 90 minutes long with stops at 12 historic sites.

Paca’s Service

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. Paca won election to the Maryland legislature in 1771, which led to his appointment to the Continental Congress in 1774. Serving until 1779 after reelection, he subsequently was appointed Chief Justice of Maryland. In 1780, he began serving as a federal judge on the Court of Appeals in Cases of Capture. Two years later, Paca won the election for the governorship of Maryland. On December 22, 1789, President George Washington appointed Paca to the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, serving until his death in 1799.

Tour Sponsor William Paca House and Garden

As described by the tour sponsor, “The William Paca House and Garden is a National Historic Landmark, restored to its colonial-era splendor by Historic Annapolis, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Annapolis. Take some time to experience the 18th century life of lawyer, and signer of the Declaration of Independence, William Paca, as you browse through his breathtaking home. The House is open for docent-led tours for individuals and groups. Tours take place hourly on the half-hour, last approximately 40 minutes, and encompass two floors of 18th-century history. Walk through the parlor, kitchen, grand foyer and many bedrooms, getting a true sense of what it was like to be a part of the high-society of Annapolis during the 1700s.”


The Revolutionary Annapolis Walking Tour will be held at on October 1, 2016 at 10:30 and 1:00 p.m. A ticket will cost $12 for general admission. The tour will begin at the William Paca House and Garden, 186 Prince George Street. REGISTRATION

A B&B Near the Tour

The 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 bed & breakfast 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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