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William Paca House and Garden

186 Prince George St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 990-4543
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About William Paca House and Garden

The William Paca House & Garden is a National Historic Landmark, restored to its colonial-era splendor by Historic Annapolis, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Annapolis. Take some time to experience the 18th century life of lawyer, and signer of the Declaration of Independence, William Paca, as you browse through his breathtaking home. The House is open for docent-led tours for individuals and groups. Tours take place hourly on the half-hour, last approximately 40 minutes, and encompass two floors of 18th-century history. Walk through the parlor, kitchen, grand foyer and many bedrooms, getting a true sense of what it was like to be a part of the high-society of Annapolis during the 1700s. You can take a self-paced tour of the garden at any time during open hours. After a tour, visit the gift shop and pick up some souvenirs to remember this unique experience. The house and garden can also be rented out by those seeking an historic setting for events such as weddings, meetings, and reunions.

Very nice glimpse into founding father's aristocratic home
We visited on a weekday and found street parking immediately in front of the house, but it isn't far from a public parking garage. The staff is very nice. Mr. Paca (apparently pronounced pehka... Read Full Review
Beautiful gardens!
It's the Wandering Yank here. 4 of us visited Annapolis for the day, and we came across the Paca mansion during our walk. We didn't want to wait for the scheduled home tour, but the gardens were... Read Full Review
Facinating Historic tour
Visited Paca house during the Christmas holidays. There were four visitors in our group. Our tour guide, Michele, was very knowledgeable, friendly, and answered all our questions. She made our... Read Full Review

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Gospel Brunch - A Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Celebration Event
William Paca House and Garden

Gospel Brunch - A Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Celebration Event

July 14, 2018

Barely a fortnight had passed after the ratification of Maryland’s “Free Constitution” when Frederick Douglass returned to his beloved home state. His return was welcomed by a large Baltimore church, which he entered as the choir jubilantly sang “Home, Sweet Home!” What better way, then, to celebrate the life of Frederick Douglass than with gorgeous gospel music, accompanied by a delicious brunch? Join Historic Annapolis and Extensions of Faith Choir for a wonderful morning of tasty food, classic gospel songs, and a great celebration of the life of the great African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman. Reservations required. Please register at www.annapolis.org.

Fourth of July Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony – A Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Celebration Event
William Paca House and Garden

Fourth of July Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony – A Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Celebration Event

July 4, 2018

Fourth of July events at the William Paca House and Garden present an annual opportunity to celebrate freedom on this historic day. Special this year, hear Frederick Douglass read his famous speech What to the Slave is the Fourth of July? – originally presented in front of the Maryland State House in 1852 – an exciting way to ponder and celebrate the meaning of freedom. In addition, the day will include an inspirational Naturalization Ceremony where dozens of people from communities around the globe become America’s newest citizens. Subsequently, the William Paca House will be filled with living historians interpreting many Mr. Paca himself and other notable Annapolis residents who will share why they pledged their lives, fortunes, and honor to the revolutionary cause of American independence. Throughout the day, hands-on activities for all ages will bring the struggles of freedom and independence to life.

Mr. Paca's Backyard Preschool Program
William Paca House and Garden

Mr. Paca's Backyard Preschool Program

June 12, 2018

Mr. Paca’s Backyard is a preschool program that uses famous children’s stories to explore the William Paca Garden.  It is geared for children ages 3-5 and includes story time, art projects, movement activities and a snack.  As we read The Night Before Summer Vacation, we meet a little girl who is getting ready to go on vacation with her family. Do you go on vacation with your family in the summer? Some families go to the beach, the mountains, or perhaps the big city. Do you have a special place you like to visit? What do you take with you? Crafts, songs and a visit to Mr. Paca’s Garden will follow. Space is limited; reservations encouraged.

Mr. Paca's Backyard Preschool Program
William Paca House and Garden

Mr. Paca's Backyard Preschool Program

May 29, 2018

Mr. Paca’s Backyard is a preschool program that uses famous children’s stories to explore the William Paca Garden.  It is geared for children ages 3-5 and includes story time, art projects, movement activities and a snack. In If I Had a Little Boat, a little girl sends her boat off to sea and imagines all of the adventures it must be having. From sea stars to whales to beautiful birds, this little boat will make new friends and your child will too! Crafts, songs and a visit to Mr. Paca’s Garden will follow. Space is limited; reservations encouraged.

Mr. Paca's Backyard Preschool Program
William Paca House and Garden

Mr. Paca's Backyard Preschool Program

May 15, 2018

Mr. Paca’s Backyard is a preschool program that uses famous children’s stories to explore the William Paca Garden.  It is geared for children ages 3-5 and includes story time, art projects, movement activities and a snack. As we enter the world of magical stories and folklore, our imaginations will soar. In Cinderella fairy godmothers will appear and in Jabuti, animals will teach us lessons. We will explore our garden to look for fairy houses and gnomes. Our magic wands will help us find our way! Space is limited; reservations encouraged.

From a Haunted Plate: Becoming an 18th and 19th Century Black Chef - A Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Celebration Event
William Paca House and Garden

From a Haunted Plate: Becoming an 18th and 19th Century Black Chef - A Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Celebration Event

May 14, 2018

Throughout Frederick Douglass’ memoir, My Bondage and My Freedom, he vividly details the interactions that the enslaved had with food and cooking. “The dinner of the slaves consisted of a huge piece of ash cake, and a small piece of pork, or two salt herrings. Not having ovens, nor any suitable cooking utensils, the slaves mixed their meal with a little water, to such thickness that a spoon would stand erect in it; and, after the wood had burned away to coals and ashes, they would place the dough between oak leaves and lay it carefully in the ashes, completely covering it; hence, the bread is called ash cake.” Michael Twitty, culinary historian and author of The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South, discusses how foodways of West and Central Africa melded with those of indigenous people and Europeans. The lecture also examines the cooking techniques, cultural transformations, and flavor principles unique to this blend of Western cuisine by early African American chefs. Reservations required. Please register at http://www.annapolis.org/  

Mr. Paca's Backyard Preschool Program
William Paca House and Garden

Mr. Paca's Backyard Preschool Program

May 1, 2018

Mr. Paca’s Backyard is a preschool program that uses famous children’s stories to explore the William Paca Garden.  It is geared for children ages 3-5 and includes story time, art projects, movement activities and a snack. Join us as we celebrate May Day. In On the Morn of Mayfest we will visit a lass with hair like a nest who walked in her sleep on the morn of Mayfest. The lass will be joined by her friends – a dove, a huntsman, a mouse, a cat, and so on – until an entire village is caught up in a spontaneous May Day parade! Crafts, songs, and a visit to Mr. Paca’s backyard will follow. Space is limited; reservations encouraged.

Breakfast with Bob the Builder
Historic Annapolis, Inc.

Breakfast with Bob the Builder

April 21, 2018

Bring the kids for a delightful breakfast with Bob the Builder and enjoy a photo opportunity with this much-loved character. Breakfast included with registration. Reservations required.