Pre K-12 Programs
Historic Annapolis offers many engaging, hands-on learning opportunities for school aged children.
On-site field trips, outreach, living history, afterschool and preschool aged programs are all offered by our highly-trained staff and volunteers. All programs can be altered to accommodate group sizes, ages and ability levels. Teacher workshops are offered throughout the year. To be included on our mailing list, please email us.
Offered every other Tuesday, March - June and September - December
Using famous children’s stories, the youngsters explore the 18th century garden of William Paca during the winter, spring and summer. Have you ever planted a rainbow? Had tea with a spider? Sat down by the fish-shaped pond with a famous painter? These fun activities are just a few examples from the one hour, fifteen minute program.
Each program includes exploration in the garden, storytime, art project, and movement activities (dance, games, etc).
Field trips can be customized to meet your group’s needs and time constraints. Students will also enjoy walking the 18th century streets of Annapolis as they change locations.
- William Paca House – Step back in time to Revolutionary-era Maryland, into the elegant home of the Declaration of Independence signer and Governor William Paca. Students will take a guided tour through the fully finished parlor, bed chambers, dining room and much more as you gain an insider’s look on life in 18th century Maryland.
- William Paca’s Garden – embracing the philosophy of the Age of Enlightenment, William Paca designed his garden as an earthly paradise. Students will explore the two-acre pleasure garden and learn about 18th century rules and etiquette for being an upstanding citizen.
- William Paca’s Kitchen – Visit the kitchen and meet the servants of the Paca House as they go about their duties behind the scenes, and share with guests the secrets of the house. Feel and smell the foods of the 18th century.
- Hogshead – Discover what life was like on the colonial frontier in this interactive, hands-on experience. Handle staple foods of the frontier including hardtack, spices and sugar. Feel the clothing and see the tools and supplies required for work and survival on the frontier.
Using primary sources, students will learn about the colonial period and the lives of everyday people through a variety of hand-on fun activities. By actually experiencing the impactful “footprints” of those who came before them, students will develop an awareness of their “footprints” in order to determine how their actions and decisions will affect their future and to consider what kind of “footprints” they will leave.
The video below shares the thoughts of teachers, parents, and students who have previously taken part in the Footprints program.
The Footprints program is funded in part by
Fun Facts! Did you Know...?
- Annapolis has the largest concentration of 18th-century architecture in the United States—including five of America’s finest Georgian mansions—all in a small urban area.
- The city has abundant examples of Victorian and other 19th-century architectural styles—as well as the distinctive Beaux Arts, Colonial Revival, Tudor Revival, Craftsman and American Foursquare styles of the 20th century.
- Annapolis is on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations list for 2005.
- Four Signers of the Declaration of Independence resided in Annapolis. Three—William Paca, Samuel Chase, and Charles Carroll—lived here in 1776; the fourth, Thomas Stone, moved here in the 1780s. To remember their names try this: Paca Chased Carroll with a Stone.
- In 1771 William Paca was the 16th member elected to Annapolis’s exclusive Homony Club—which admitted only married men or bachelors who were over 40.
- Annapolitans became connected with the larger world in a major way when the first passenger train departed the city on Christmas Day 1840.
- Annapolis’s present City Dock/ Ego Alley cove has shrunk to a fraction of its former size-due to natural deposits of silt and debris as well as deliberate filling-in.
- Annapolis’s St. John’s College is thought to be the first in Maryland to be racially integrated in modern times (with the admission of Martin Dryer in 1948). Francis Scott Key, author of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” was a much earlier student.
- Construction began on the Maryland State House in 1772. Today it is the oldest state capitol in continuous legislative use. It is topped by the largest free-standing wooden dome in America
- The entire block where the Historic Annapolis Museum Building (99 Main Street) stands was burned to the ground in 1790. Learn More.
- John Paul Jones really is buried in the Naval Academy Chapel. His 21-ton sarcophagus lies in a crypt beneath the sanctuary, which is open to visitors. Learn More.
- Annapolis’s first city hall was located at 211 Main Street, a building that still stands. It also housed the city’s fire engine.
- The first street signs in Annapolis, erected in 1826, were painted boards attached to houses at the corners of intersections.
- Maryland Avenue (formerly North East Street) was the first street in Annapolis to be paved—in 1867.
- Ships from England brought the best breeding and horse racing stock right into the Annapolis harbor during the 18th century.
- John Maynard was one of 20+ free African-American land owners when he bought the property on Duke of Gloucester Street now known as the Maynard Burgess House. Much of the property has been excavated by Archaeology in Annapolis.
- George Washington first visited Annapolis in 1751, at the age of 19. Twenty years later, his journal records several visits—in which he enjoyed horse races, balls, fine dining, and other social engagements. His last visit appears to be in 1791, when he was President.
For more information or to schedule a tour, please contact:
Janet Hall, Visitor Services Manager