Things to Do Museums

Sign of the Hogshead

43 Pinkney St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 267-7619

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.

Hogshead Living History
Sign of the Hogshead

Hogshead Living History

October 20, 2019

Did you know? Coffeehouses aren’t new to Annapolis! Yes, even in the era of Mr. Paca, coffeehouses were a place to meet. Mary Howard, proprietress of the Maryland Coffeehouse will be setting up shop at Hogshead Tavern. Learn more about the social hotspots that were 18th-century coffeehouses and taverns from Mrs. Howard, as she displays some of the tools of her trade.