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A Window into Architecture: The Gibbs Surround at the Hammond-Harwood House Museum

Apr 1, 2020

A Window into Architecture: The Gibbs Surround at the Hammond-Harwood House Museum By: Rachel Lovett, Curator & Assistant Director Have you ever noticed the elegant window that graces the stair hall of the Hammond-Harwood House? In this post you will learn where the design comes from and reasons why our architect included it in the […]

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Collectors’ Day 2019 – Dining In Decadence: Culinary Culture in Early America

Nov 22, 2019

My name is Joseph Sherren, I am the collections manager at Montpelier Historic Site in Laurel. I was the recipient of the first Glenn Harwood Memorial Scholarship, a scholarship for a young scholar to attend the Collector’s Day program. I am trained in art history and have conducted research on furnishings and furniture in historic […]

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Chocolate, History, and Fun, All in One Day

Nov 14, 2019

Unwrapping Chocolate’s Secrets at the Hammond-Harwood House Everything in Annapolis has a history, and chocolate is no exception. On Sunday, December 8th, 2019 Annapolis is celebrating the history and pleasure of chocolate at the annual Chocolate Binge Festival on West Street. Stroll over to the historic Hammond-Harwood House on the morning of the festival to learn […]

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Palladian Connection

Sep 4, 2019

The house ranks architecturally with many of the great mansions built in the late Colonial period; however, it is the only house directly inspired from a plate in Palladio’s, I Quattro Libri dell’Architettura. It is arguably the most exquisite house remaining from the Colonial period in America. Architect William Buckland cleverly adapted Palladio’s Villa Pisani […]

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Paint Analysis

Sep 4, 2019

Unquestionably the quickest way to freshen the look of a house or room is to paint it. For a historic structure like the Hammond-Harwood House, how it was first painted offers clues to the vision of its builders and owners. One of the mysteries of what the house looked like in 1774 was solved this […]

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Early Collecting

Sep 4, 2019

Early 20th century collecting was a matter of personal preference, and St. John’s had some of the finest collectors in America looking out for the “Harwood House.” The death of Hester Ann Harwood in 1924 necessitated the disposal of her estate. The contents of her ancestral home were sold in 1925, and the house itself […]

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Antique Auction

Sep 4, 2019

Hundreds scramble to buy antiques at Harwood Home An Account from the The Evening Sun, Baltimore, MD Annapolis, May 20, 1925–Desire to see the glory of Old Hammond or Harwood House and its treasures drew many persons to today’s sale of the personal property of Miss Hester Ann Harwood, the last occupant of the house. […]

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Hammond-Harwood House Tours By Request

Aug 23, 2019

The following guided tours are available by request: Living Like Loockerman : An Inside Look at Early 19th Century Dining Madness Revealed: Mental Health in an Annapolis Family A Visit with the Johnsons: Charles Willson Peale and the Johnson Family Paintings Tick Tock: Twenty Minutes with the Clocks Part One The False Door Tour Silver […]

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Off to Attingham!

Jun 21, 2019

Excited to say I got selected for Attingham and I will be in England this July for the course thanks to a generous scholarship from Lillian Hirschmann. Attingham is an 18-day residential course directed by David Adshead and Tessa Wild, will visit country houses in Sussex, Oxfordshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Cambridgeshire. From WEST […]

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Opening Day of Our 2019 Exhibit

Apr 15, 2019

2019 Exhibit A Perfect Profile: Miniature Portraits, Silhouettes, and Landscapes of Early Annapolis

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