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Gibson's Lodging - Blog - Brice House of AnnapolisThe William Paca House and Garden was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1971. Located in the historic district of Annapolis, the grounds are two acres of colonial beauty restored to original grandeur using archaeology and the backdrop of a 1772 painting by Charles Wilson Peale.

On November 12, 2016, Historic Annapolis will host the William Paca House: Nooks and Crannies Tour. They describe the event as a “rare opportunity to step beyond a classic guided house tour. Visitors 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 its rich history. A special fall treat will await guests in the Summerhouse at the conclusion of this special curator led behind-the-scenes tour.”

Historic Background

William Paca served three terms as Maryland’s Governor and became one of nation’s founding fathers by signing the Declaration of Independence. A Renaissance man, Paca served as the chief architect for the Georgian design of his home, which was built from 1763 to 1765. The house has also been restored, and you may take a guided tour of the interior. Paca’s addition of a beautiful brick-walled garden completed his masterpiece.


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.

Details of the William Paca House: Nooks and Crannies Tour

Date: November 12, 2016

Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Location: William Paca House and Garden

Address: 186 Prince George Street, Annapolis

General Admission: $25

Contact: Carrie Kiewitt

Phone: 410-267-7619

Email: carrie.kiewitt@annapolis.org

Website: www.annapolis.org/media/48-159-william-paca-house-nooks-crannies-tour

A B&B Near Nooks & 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 bed and 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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