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Mission

What is the mission of Historic Annapolis?

Established in 1952, Historic Annapolis is the leading nonprofit preservation and history organization in Annapolis, MD. Our mission is to Preserve and Protect the historic places, objects, and stories of Maryland’s capital city, and provide engaging experiences that Connect people to the area’s diverse heritage. For more information,  CLICK HERE 

Preservation

How do I get approval to make changes to my historic property located within the Annapolis Historic District?

Historic district residents and property owners may obtain administrative approval from the City of Annapolis’ Historic Preservation Commission through an application process.

What is the difference between Historic Annapolis and the Historic Preservation Commission?

Historic Annapolis, Inc., known as Historic Annapolis, is a nonprofit preservation and history organization that manages and interprets a dozen state-owned historic sites for the benefit of the public. 

The Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) is a regulatory review board that serves the City of Annapolis’s Historic Preservation Division within the Department of Planning and Zoning. The HPC is made up of residents who are appointed by the Mayor, confirmed by the Aldermen, and serve three year terms.

Historic Annapolis works in close partnership with the HPC by attending meetings and providing comments on applications, but it is the HPC that ultimately has the authority to approve or deny requests for construction, alterations, moves, demolition, or repairs to structures within the historic district.

What is the Colonial Annapolis Historic District

The Colonial Annapolis Historic District is a historic district in the City of Annapolis, the state capital of Maryland, that was created as a National Historic Landmark in 1965 and was geographically further expanded in 1984. For more details, CLICK HERE. 

What is a National Historic Landmark?

National Historic Landmarks (NHLs) are nationally significant historic places designated by the Secretary of the Interior because they possess exceptional value or quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States. Today, just over 2,500 historic places bear this national distinction. For more information, go to http://www.nps.gov/nhl/

What do the historic markers that I see on buildings around Annapolis signify?

Historic Annapolis initiated the Historic Building Marker Program in 1969 to acknowledge and encourage good stewardship and preservation of the historic structures and cultural landscapes in the city’s historic district. Today there are over 260 markers on buildings, identifying their architectural style and time period. The markers educate visitors and residents about the rich architectural heritage of Maryland’s capital city. To receive a marker, a building must meet the criteria of the National Register of Historic Places, which signifies that the structure is of architectural or historical importance. For more information go to, http://www.annapolis.org/historic/historic-markers

What is the National Register of Historic Places and how can I get my property listed on it? 

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of buildings, structures, districts, sites and objects which have been determined to have national historic significance. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archeological resources. The National Register is maintained by the National Park Service, but administered on the state level by the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) in each state. Listing on the National Register does not limit a property owner's rights, and may provide some tax and funding incentives for historic preservation. Before a property is deemed National Register eligible, the nomination must be evaluated at the state level. For more information, contact the Maryland Historical Trust that serves as the SHPO for Maryland at http://mht.maryland.gov/http://www.nps.gov/nr/

Events

When are you major annual events and how do I get tickets to attend?

In addition to a variety of educational and public programs, Historic Annapolis holds five major annual events each year that help support the organization’s mission. They are:

The William Paca Garden Plant Sale: Each year, the William Paca Garden holds its annual plant sale on Mother’s Day weekend. All plants are grown by Historic Annapolis volunteers in the William Paca Garden greenhouse. Admission to the sale is free.

Paca Girlfriends Flower Power Party: This extraordinary night of food, friendship, shopping, and fun includes our signature Pacatinis and is typically held the third Wednesday of June in the William Paca Garden. Tickets go on sale a month in advance and generally sell out fast.  

Fourth of July: Commemorative events and hands-on activities are held at the William Paca House and Garden and include an inspirational Naturalization Ceremony where dozens of people from communities around the globe become America’s newest citizens. Admission is free.

Blazers • Bourbon • Cigars: Both longtime residents and newcomers come together in the fall to enjoy a fun filled evening with blazers, bourbon and cigars. This event was established to provide a premier Gentlemen’s only evening in Annapolis with wonderful food, drinks, cigars and clothiers. Tickets are available on the Historic Annapolis website. 

Annapolis by Candlelight: Each year in early November, Historic Annapolis showcases privately-owned historic houses on its popular Annapolis by Candlelight tour. Visitors see how 21st-century Annapolitans care for and live in buildings built in the 20th, 19th, or 18th century. Tickets are available on the Historic Annapolis website. 

For a complete calendar of events, CLICK HERE

Hours of Operation and Admission

What are your hours of operation and admission costs?

Historic Annapolis manages four historic sites that are open to the public. All of them are located in the Colonial Annapolis Historic District and are within walking distance of each other. They include:

 

Historic Annapolis Museum and Store

99 Main Street

Open Monday – Saturday:  10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday:  11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Extended evening hours on Fridays and Saturdays, May through December

Free Admission; Donations welcome

410.267.6656

 

William Paca House and Garden

186 Prince George Street

Open weekends in March and daily late March through December

Monday–Saturday: 10:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.

Sunday: Noon–5:00 p.m.

$10 – Guided house tour and self-guided garden tour

$8 – Guided house tour of 1st floor and self-guided garden tour

$5 – Self-guided garden tour

Last tour begins at 4:00 p.m.

Group tours arranged by appointment

410.990.4543

 

Waterfront Warehouse

4 Pinkney Street

Open Monday – Saturday:  10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday:  11:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Extended evening hours on Fridays and Saturdays, May through December

Free admission; self-guided tour

410.267.7619

 

Hogshead

43 Pinkney Street

Open weekends late March to early December.

Saturday & Sunday: Noon–4 p.m.

Free admission; donations welcome.

Admission charge for group tours arranged by appointment

410.267.7619

 

Does Historic Annapolis offer discounted admission of any kind?

Historic Annapolis offer discounts to its historic properties via the Blue Star Museums program (for military families) and AAA members.

Walking Tours

Does Historic Annapolis offer Walking Tours of the City?

Historic Annapolis features a suggested walking tour on its website that highlights the history of 18 historic properties and provides walking or driving directions via Google Maps. For more information CLICK HERE

Private walking tours with Historic Annapolis can also be arranged by appointment by calling 410.990.4754.

Tours are also provided by the following partner organizations and businesses:

Watermark 

  • Four Centuries Walking Tour
  • Historic Ghost Walk

Discover Annapolis Tours by Towne Transport 

  • 60 and 40 minute trolley tours

Root and Tides: The Western Shore Byway, a scenic driving tour. 

Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau 

How do I become a member of Historic Annapolis

Become a member today, and join us in our ongoing efforts to keep Maryland’s Capital a vital and popular city. CLICK HERE to sign up online!  If you to speak to some one about the different membership options, please contact our membership office at 410.267.7619.

Where can I park?

Street and meter parking is available as well as garage parking. The three closest garages to our properties are: Hillman Garage on Main Street, Gotts Court Garage on West Street, and the Bladen Street Garage. CLICK HERE to get more details on garage locations and rates.

Kids and Families

Do you have programs for kids and families?

Historic Annapolis offers many engaging and inspiring programs for kids to learn about the history of Annapolis, allowing children to explore and investigate ways in which life during the 18th century was different and also similar to their present day lives. Program include, but are not limited to:

  • Mr. Paca’s Backyard Preschool Program
  • K-12 Programs for School Children (after-school and field trips)
  • Junior Docent Program
  • Follow the Fleet  (www.followthefleet.org)
  • Summer Camp

For more information, CLICK HERE.

For a full calendar of events, CLICK HERE