William Paca House and Garden

Address: 186 Prince George St., Annapolis, MD 21401

Phone: (410) 990-4543 | Presenter

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About William Paca House and Garden

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.

TripAdvisor® Traveller Reviews

GORGEOUS place to visit!
We had a group happy hour here in the evening and the garden is GORGEOUS! While we had tents set up for food and drinks for a casual happy hour for our convention, I could easily see this being a... Read Full Review
William Paca House and Garden
Lovely, historic home. This August the garden was looking a bit stressed, but I imagine it is more vibrant in the spring and early summer. Lots of stairs in the house and in the garden. Read Full Review
If you like architecture and history, don't miss it!
Excellent tour of the home and gardens of one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Our tour guide was very well informed and interesting! I love that period in history and it was one... Read Full Review

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

Mr. Paca's Backyard Preschool Program

December 12, 2017

All during a winter night snowflakes begin to twist and turn as they softly fell to the ground. In the morning light, the animals notice a silent stranger with a floppy-eared hat and a carrot nose. Why has he come to the forest? As we read Stranger in the Woods, we will join the animals as they discover the reason for his visit. Songs, crafts, and a snack will reinforce the theme. Space is limited; reservations encouraged.

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

Mr. Paca's Backyard Preschool Program

November 28, 2017

Have you ever ridden on a bus to take a trip to the market, to visit Annapolis, or go to a park? As we read The Last Stop on Market Street, we will join a boy, C.J., and his grandmother on a bus ride. C.J. asks his grandmother many questions, and she gives him some answers that help him look at their travels from a positive point-of-view. Songs, crafts, and a snack will reinforce the theme.

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

Mr. Paca's Backyard Preschool Program

November 14, 2017

Do you gather together to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends? Does everyone bring a dish to share? Bear wants everyone to join him for a big dinner, but his cupboard is empty. What will he do? Let’s find out as we read Bear Gives Thanks. Songs, crafts, and a snack will reinforce the theme.

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

Mr. Paca's Backyard Preschool Program

October 31, 2017

Would you like to take an imaginary ride on a broom stick with a witch and her purring cat? As we read Room on A Broom we will fly through the air, make new friends, and meet a Big Red Dragon. Crafts, songs, and a snack will reinforce the theme.

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

Mr. Paca's Backyard Preschool Program

October 17, 2017

Let’s read Pumpkin Jack and explore the lives of Jack-O-Lanterns. We will learn how pumpkins grow throughout the year and are harvested in the fall just in time for Halloween. A visit to Farmer Ben’s kitchen garden will follow. Crafts, songs, and snacks will reinforce the theme. Space is limited; reservations encouraged.

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

Mr. Paca's Backyard Preschool Program

October 3, 2017

Autumn is near, the cool wind begins to blow, leaves are falling from the trees, and Squirrel is very busy preparing for winter. As we read The Busy Little Squirrel, we willjoin Squirrel as he dashes around looking for fruits and berries to eat when the ground is covered with snow. His friends want him to play, but will he join them? Crafts, song, and a snack will follow. Space is limited; reservations encouraged.

Nooks & Crannies Tour
William Paca House and Garden

Nooks & Crannies Tour

October 1, 2017

A rare opportunity to step beyond a classic guided house tour awaits. Every second Wednesday this fall, visitors will peek behind closed doors, explore unique features in the extensive grounds, and discover hidden details and stories. This experience transcends the content of the standard house tours and is ideal for those who love the William Paca House and are intrigued to delve deeper into the site’s long and rich history. Reservations required.

Blazers . Bourbon . Cigars
William Paca House and Garden

Blazers . Bourbon . Cigars

September 28, 2017

Join Historic Annapolis at the William Paca House and Garden for the original premier gentlemen’s-only evening. Enjoy bourbon, whiskey, and scotch tastings, along with cigars, delightful food from the area’s top chefs, and an array of vendors. New this year – in addition to early admission at 5 pm, Host Committee and VIP ticketholders will have exclusive access to a special VIP-only section of the William Paca Garden. Cost: Host Committee $500 – Includes a post-event bourbon tasting, early admission at 5 pm to enjoy outstanding food prepared by the area’s best, unlimited bourbon tastings, exclusive gift bag, and exclusive access to the VIP section

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

Mr. Paca's Backyard Preschool Program

September 19, 2017

Can you spot the shape? After reading Shapes in the Garden, we willexplore the geometric garden rooms of Mr. Paca’s Backyard and identify the different shapes that occur in nature. Collage art and geometric snacks will reinforce the day’s theme. Space is limited; reservations encouraged. Cost: Free for Family Circle Members, $8 per child for HA Members and Volunteers, $10 per child for Non-Members

Revolutionary Annapolis Walking Tour
William Paca House and Garden

Revolutionary Annapolis Walking Tour

September 16, 2017

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 twenty years. This 90-minute guided walking tour begins at the William Paca House and Garden and ends at the Maryland State House, with stops at ten other sites along the way. Reservations required.

Revolutionary Annapolis Walking Tour
William Paca House and Garden

Revolutionary Annapolis Walking Tour

September 16, 2017

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 twenty years. This 90-minute guided walking tour begins at the William Paca House and Garden and ends at the Maryland State House, with stops at ten other sites along the way. Reservations required.