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The William Paca House is one of Annapolis’s—and America’s—most impressive restored 18th-century mansions. When built by Paca in 1763–65, it was one of the first five-part Georgian homes in Annapolis. Its style evokes the English country villas of the time.

Paca, a young lawyer who became one of four Declaration of Independence signers from Maryland as well as governor of Maryland from 1782-85, sold the house in 1780. The property changed hands many times in the 19th century, before becoming part of Carvel Hall—one of the city’s most popular hotels for much of the 20th century. By 1965, however, it faced demolition.

Historic Annapolis worked with other preservationists to purchase and save the property. Through meticulous restoration, the home has been returned to its distinctive colonial-era state. Museum-quality period furnishings, including Paca family silver and ceramics fill its rooms.

Visitors can also explore the spectacular two-acre Paca Garden at their leisure with purchase of a combined ticket.
Hours and Admission Information

Become a Member of Historic Annapolis and get unlimited free admission to the Paca House & Garden, a 10% discount at the Museum Store, invitations to Members-Only events, and more—while you support our preservation and education programs. Learn more

Rent the facilities for your business meeting or social gathering.

Attend an event held at the Paca House & Garden.

Join the William Paca Society to help enhance our interpretation of the Paca House.