Virtual Annapolis by Candlelight
Date: Friday, April 23 through Friday, May 7, 2021
Location: Virtual Event
Now Playing through May 7! A crisp evening is the perfect time to walk through a historic neighborhood in Annapolis. For the past 28 years, the experience has been made even better when the doors to some of Annapolis’s most beautiful homes were opened and you were welcomed inside. Although the COVID-19 health crisis prevented the annual in-person tour, Historic Annapolis is pleased to present the 29th annual Annapolis by Candlelight in a new virtual format.
Viewers will see how 21st-century Annapolitans care for, live in, and make use of historic buildings. This tour is a fantastic reminder of the rich architectural and cultural heritage of Maryland’s capital city and showcases the many benefits of effective historic preservation.
Plus, the tour will take advantage of its virtual format by including sites outside of the Historic District and some building spaces not usually open to visitors. These sites are included in this year's virtual tour:
- Acton Hall, a stately Georgian manor home overlooking Spa Creek in Murray Hill. This home was built by John Hammond in the early 1770s.
- Whitehall, the home of Governor Horatio Sharpe, the provincial governor of colonial Maryland from 1753 to 1769.
- Patrick Creagh House, a modest Georgian home built between 1735 and 1747 by Patrick Creagh. During the early 19th century, a free African American couple, John and Lucy Smith, lived here, first as renters, and then as owners. John ran a transport business out of a livery stable behind the house, while "Aunt Lucy" operated a successful baking and catering business on Main Street.
- Primrose Hill, situated on a high hill overlooking the headwaters of Spa Creek, was one of the few colonial plantations on the outskirts of Annapolis that continued to be farmed well into the 20th century.
- McDowell Hall was originally planned to be the official residence for colonial Maryland Governor Thomas Bladen (who served from 1742 to 1747). Construction began in 1744, but political funding disputes left the building unfinished until St. John's College took over in 1784 and saw to its completion.
You'll discover more about these homes through this special 80-minute video tour. The tour will be available for viewing through May 7, 2021. The link to view the tour will be included in your confirmation email.
Cost: $35 per household for General Admission; $30 per household for HA Members & Volunteers. $100 Membership Special available (new members only, includes one-year Sponsor level membership and complimentary access for one household to view the virtual tour).