Preservation How-To: Plastering the HHH Kitchen

Apr 15, 2023

This spring the plaster walls and ceiling of the kitchen at Hammond-Harwood House were repaired. Over time, the plaster in some sections of the walls showed cracks, flaking, bubbling, and general deterioration. […]

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Hammond-Harwood House: 1936, A Year of Transition

Apr 8, 2023

This photograph of Hammond-Harwood House, dated 1936, was included in the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) of that year. The house was for sale by St. John’s College. The college […]

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A Moment in Time: The Earliest Known Photo of Hammond-Harwood House

Mar 18, 2023

This photo, published in 1892 in the book Examples of Domestic Colonial Architecture in Maryland and Virginia by James M. Corner and Crane and Eric E. Soderholz, may be the […]

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Women’s History Month Harriet Jacobs: The Woman in the Attic

Mar 8, 2023

Narrative accounts written by men and women formerly enslaved are an important source of information for us, enabling us to learn about the experiences of enslavement in the time before […]

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Women’s History Month: Margaret Mercer, Free-Thinker and Educator

Mar 1, 2023

Margaret Mercer lived at Cedar Park, an estate near Galesville in Anne Arundel County. Margaret wrote letters and tracts but did not leave a diary. The information here comes from […]

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Black History Month 2023 “A Family’s Escape from Slavery in a Covered Wagon”

Feb 17, 2023

Caroline Hammond, born in slavery in 1844, gave the following account of her childhood escape in an interview with a writer identified as “Rogers” in 1938. She was then 94 […]

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Black History Month 2023 “Certificates of Freedom: Did a piece of paper really make Mary Matthews free?”

Feb 10, 2023

  Certificates of Freedom: Did a piece of paper really make Mary Matthews free? In Maryland’s antebellum period, African Americans who were legally free still had to fear being kidnapped […]

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Candles for the Season

Dec 22, 2022

Hammond-Harwood House is beautifully decorated for the holiday season with stunning floral arrangements from the Federated Garden Clubs, swags and wreaths created by our volunteers, and candles that light the […]

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Homage to the Boxwood

Dec 16, 2022

Hammond-Harwood House volunteers have been busy this week creating table arrangements and wreaths from the almost 200-year old Boxwoods from our own garden. The heart-shaped Boxwood “walk” (Buxus sempervirens) located […]

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Insights from the Collection: A Pinch of Salt

Dec 16, 2022

Many of us are polishing the silver for the holidays, but I suspect most are not polishing up silver salt cellars and spoons. The Hammond-Harwood House has a beautiful collection […]

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