The Chesapeake Chapter will meet on Saturday, 28 May, for several guided tours in Annapolis, Maryland.
Our day will begin with a special "behind the ropes" tour of the Hammond-Harwood House Museum. The museum proudly showcases the finest collection of 18th-century furniture in Maryland. Our guide will provide gloves and we may touch, open, and photograph the furniture. There will be no charge for this tour, as the museum is thanking us for contributing to an interactive colonial sign that is part of their current exhibition on Charles Wilson Peale.
After lunch on our own, we will conduct a historical walking tour of Annapolis to see additional 18th-century homes, restored colonial kitchen, the U.S. Naval Academy, and the Maryland State House, America's First Peacetime Capitol and the oldest state house still in legislative use. We will end our day in the Maryland State House with a self-guided tour. The State House has many furniture, fine arts, and decorative arts from Maryland's earliest days on display. We will use this time, and the self-guided tour brochures, to prepare for a future Curatorial Tour of their collection (date TBD). We have made tentative arrangements with the Senior Curator and Director of Artistic Property at Maryland State Archives for this future tour, in which she will lead us through a tour of the Maryland State House as well as the Governor's Mansion.