About Sign of the Hogshead
The Hogshead at 43 Pinkney Street is an early 18th-century building similar to the modest wood frame structures that housed many colonial Annapolitans and new recruits to revolutionary service. Today, it serves as an interactive, hands-on museum and historic landmark, offering visitors the opportunity to experience what life was like during the 1700s in Annapolis.
Hogshead visitors will see, hear, and touch what life entailed for frontiersmen, colonial doctors, soldiers in the Revolutionary War, and enslaved or indentured workers. Here, you can pick up the heavy weight of a musket and feel what it would have been like to go hunting centuries ago, or learn about early medical practices by handling physicians’ instruments.
Hogshead’s volunteers are what set this site apart from traditional history museums. Dressed in colonial garments as they answer your questions and talk about the intricacies of 18th-century life, they bring not only a wealth of information on a wide range of topics, but genuine enthusiasm and love for early Maryland history. The varied interests and specialties of the guides allow for a different visitor experience each time you stop by this great attraction.
Hogshead is open March to October on Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are gladly accepted and help to make this rich visitor experience possible.