History

Visit the Hammond-Harwood House

Nestled on the corner of King George Street and Maryland Ave is a remarkably beautiful house that is hard to miss – the Hammond-Harwood House (19 Maryland Avenue). Constructed in 1774 for Matthias Hammond, a Maryland legislator, the original purpose for the house was to entertain guests when Hammond was in town. Ironically enough, Hammond spent zero time at this property. Instead, he spent his time at his plantation in Gambrills, Maryland while the house was rented out by many well-known Annapolitans.

Hammond-Harwood House
Courtesy of the Hammond-Harwood House

Today, when you visit the Hammond-Harwood house, you learn not of Matthias Hammond, but of the Pinkney and Loockerman families who called this elegant mansion home. More importantly, you learn of the renowned architect, William Buckland, who introduced a number of mainstream designs into the home. Known to have the “most beautiful door in America,” and as one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in existence, the Hammond-Harwood House is a must-visit for any history lover coming to Annapolis.

Hammond-Harwood House
Courtesy of the Hammond-Harwood House

The Hammond-Harwood house is open to the public, weekly from April through December.

For more information, visit their website.

 

Videography courtesy of Patrick McNamara of Drawn to the Image. Photos courtesy of the Hammond-Harwood House.

Jamie Foster

Jamie Foster is married with two young daughters and lives in Annapolis. You might see her walking the brick-paved streets of our colonial city as a tour guide, complete with 18th century clothing. Originally from Michigan, she moved to Long Island, NY for graduate school where she received her degree in Exercise Physiology. She worked for many years in Cardiac Rehabilitation before moving to Maryland in 2008. Since then, she has stayed home to be with her children. Now that they are in school, she enjoys volunteering and sharing her love of history as a tour guide. Jamie enjoys coffee, exploring historical sites, spending time with friends and being involved in her church.