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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.

Mr. Paca's Backyard- A Wish to be a Christmas Tree
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Mr. Paca's Backyard- A Wish to be a Christmas Tree

December 18, 2018

Consider the different ways to celebrate and create memories. In A Wish To Be A Christmas Tree we will explore the natural world during the holidays and how forest animals give a very special gift to a very special tree!

William Paca House Holiday Open House
William Paca House and Garden

William Paca House Holiday Open House

December 15, 2018

Come join the Pacas for a festive occasion as they entertain for the holidays! Living historians will bring the house to life with laughter, games, music, and of course, sweet treats to share! Make sure to visit Hogshead (43 Pinkney Street) to see how the middling sort celebrate the holiday season with living historians and a variety of fun activities fit for the whole family.  Light refreshments and holiday activities are included. Reservations encouraged.

Mr. Paca's Backyard- Red Sled
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Mr. Paca's Backyard- Red Sled

December 4, 2018

When a well-loved sled is left outside a cozy cabin on a still winters night, an unlikely cast of creatures force new friendships during the ride of their lives! In reading the Red Sled we will join in the ride!

Mr. Paca's Backyard- Thanksgiving is Here
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Mr. Paca's Backyard- Thanksgiving is Here

November 20, 2018

Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving? What did the pilgrims eat and who came to their table to share the meal? In Thanksgiving is Here we will read about a family meal with many members getting together and the funny things that will happen!

Mr. Paca's Backyard PreSchool Program - Peter and the Wolf
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Mr. Paca's Backyard PreSchool Program - Peter and the Wolf

November 6, 2018

Peter and the Wolf will introduce us to a musical fairy tale. We will read the story and then listen to parts of the symphony created especially in the book. Each character in the book is created by a musical instrument. 

Revolutionary Annapolis Walking Tour
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Revolutionary Annapolis Walking Tour

October 27, 2018

Walk in the footsteps of patriot leader William Paca as you follow his dramatic personal and political story through the revolutionary era.  Learn how a promising young lawyer became a rebel, a revolutionary, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and the Governor of Maryland through the course of less than 20 years. This 90-minute walking tour begins at the William Paca House and ends at the Maryland State House, with stops at ten other sites along the way.  Reservations Required. Tour Times: 10:30 am - 12 pm and 1 pm - 2:30 pm. Click the ticket lnk to register.

The Joy and Discovery at the James Brice House
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The Joy and Discovery at the James Brice House

October 25, 2018

Join us for an evening lecture with Matt Webster, Director of Architectural Preservation for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and the Consulting Building Conservator on the James Brice House project. Mr. Webster is one of the leading experts in the conservation field and brings his vast experience with historic building analysis and materials acquisition to the project. Each day brings new discoveries, and the James Brice House continues to amaze us, 250 years later. Don't miss this special lecture where Mr. Webster will share several secrets he has learn about the house. Reservations Required.

Mr. Paca's Backyard PreSchool Program - Come Meet Pumpkin Jack
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Mr. Paca's Backyard PreSchool Program - Come Meet Pumpkin Jack

October 23, 2018

Grow pumpkin grow! Come meet Pumpkin Jack and learn about the lives of Jack-O-Lanterns while exploring how pumpkins grow throughout the year. We will visit Mr. Paca's Garden to explore the changes to plants and trees in the fall and make leaf people to decorate our homes!

An Exult of Pleasure: The English Passion for North American Plants
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An Exult of Pleasure: The English Passion for North American Plants

October 18, 2018

With over 30 years of experience and 14 years with Historic Annapolis as the former Director of Horticulture, Mollie Ridout will share her knowledge of gardening practices and historical and cultural landscape. Please join us for an informative lecture on late 17th century plant exploration in the Chesapeake region. Free for Garden Circle Members; $10 for HA Members and Volunteers; $15 for General Admission.

Brice House Hard Hat Tour
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Brice House Hard Hat Tour

August 18, 2018

Have you ever wondered what preservation in progress really looks like? Take a peek behind the scaffolding at the James Brice House, where a major preservation effort is underway to restore the house to its 18th century grandeur. Join this public tour to peer beyond the sawdust and learn about the people who built the house, lived and worked in it, and the craftsmen restoring it today. Cost: $18 General Admission - Reservations required. A Few Precautions, as the James Brice House is an Active Construction Area:•Hard hats will be provided and must be worn at all times.•Visitors must wear closed toed shoes—no sandals.  •Visitors under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a participating adult (on a 1:1 ratio).•This tour is not appropriate for children.•No baby carriers or strollers are allowed.•No dogs allowed.•The tour will be both indoors and outdoors. The house will have limited heat, so please dress appropriately for your own comfort.•There are no public restrooms available.•Please contact us if you have any mobility issues as parts of the tour may be difficult to access. .