Curator Led Tours


Curator in Conversation Series

The Hammond-Harwood House in downtown Annapolis is pleased to announce the launch of Curator in Conversation Series. Tours will be on a different topic every time ranging from decorative arts to social history, and architecture. Tours cost $10 per person, members free. Lunch is not included but participants are encouraged to enjoy their lunches in our gardens.

Reservations are required click here.

The Hammond-Harwood House Museum, dubbed the jewel of Annapolis, is an 18th century Anglo-Palladian house that contains some of the nation’s premier fine and decorative arts collection. The museum is open for tours, groups, and school programs Tuesday to Sunday from April 1 to December 31. Tours are conducted on the hour from 12 noon to 4 p.m.  To learn more, visit or call 410-263-4683. The museum is located at 19 Maryland Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21401.

2017 Tours are presented by our Curator Rachel Lovett

Friday, March 10 at noon “Shutting up my Castle”: Night in the early 19th century

Friday, May 12 at noon Monuments Man Marvin Ross and the Hammond-Harwood House

Friday, July 14 at noon

Friday, September 8 at noon  Director in Conversation

Friday, November 10 at noon




Tours available on 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 Status: The Chase Family Silver Collection

Anchors Away: Naval Connections

Revealing Reflections: A Tour of the Museum’s Collection of Looking Glasses

The Ladies of Influence: The Founding Women of the Hammond-Harwood House Association

Bach in the Ballroom: A Look at the Loockerman Family Music Books

Anatomy of Anglo-Palladian Architecture

The Artist’s Son: An in Depth Look at Rembrandt Peale & his Art

In Every Room a View: Panorama’s of Annapolis Then and Now

Annapolis and the Baroque Urban Plan

Chilled in China: Fruit Coolers at the Hammond-Harwood House

“A Drink Most Delicious”: Early 19th Century Summer Libations

Highlight’s of the John Shaw Decorative Arts Collection

A Day at Ms. Keet’s Academy: An Early Landscape Painting from a Female Academy in Annapolis

Ambition: Charles Willson Peale, William Buckland, & the Crafting of an American Identity

Bricks and Mortar: Examining the Exterior of Hammond’s Town House Villa

Writing on the Wall: The Loockerman Children

From the Bay: Maryland Seafood Past & Present

Great Expectations: St. John’s College’s Early Exhibitions at the Hammond-Harwood House

Rediscovering Relicts: A Look at the Hammond-Harwood House’s Archeological Collection

Buildings Now Forgotten: A Look at the Lost Outbuildings of the Estate

Home Burial: An Investigation into the Remains of Jeremiah Townley Loockerman

The Esteemed Doctor: A Look at the Life of Ninian Pinkney Jr.

Acquiring Antiquities: The Collections Committee at the Hammond-Harwood House Museum

All that Remains: The Story of the Peggy Stewart Bowl

Inside the Bedchamber Part One

At Home with the Harwood’s: Winter Holidays in the 1830’s

The Festive Bowl: A Tasting of Holiday Beverages from Maryland’s Way Cookbook

Intricate Inlay of the Collection

Vintage Valentine: Couples of the Hammond-Harwood House

Exploring the James Peale Collection

A Window Into Architecture: The Semi Octagonal Bay

Flora & Fauna in Furniture: A Look at Natures Influence on our Decorative Art Collection

Dining in the Dark: A Look at early 19th Century Lighting

Lafayette in Annapolis: Connections to the Collections

The Influences of Ancient Greece on Federal American Art & Architecture

Author in Residence: The Story of Hammond-Harwood House Renter William Oliver Stevens

Hammond-Harwood House and the American Civil War

Buying Local: A Look at Maryland Decorative Arts

Coffee with the Callahan’s: An Annapolis Family painted by Charles Willson Peale

Domestic Disarray: Social Ills of the Early 19th Century

Inspiration: A Look into the Design Books of Hammond-Harwood House Architect William Buckland

“The finest grained that you can meet with”: Mahogany & an Interconnected World of Cabinet Making in 18th century America


 If you have an interested party that would like to arrange a special tour on any of the topics, please contact our Curator at or 410-263-4683×12.

About Our Curator

14f13d3[1]Rachel Lovett is our Curator and Assistant Director at the museum. Rachel served as the Executive Director of the Hanover Historical Society in Southeastern Massachusetts before coming to the Hammond-Harwood House in the summer of 2014. During her time in Hanover Rachel implemented a new strategic plan, collections management policy, and reinterpretation plan for the Society’s main museum, The Stetson House Museum & Archives.

Since her arrival at the Hammond-Harwood House she has been researching the museum’s collection of John Shaw furniture, Charles Willson Peale paintings, and Palladian architecture in America. Rachel aims to create more mission based education programs at Hammond-Harwood that will immerse visitors in the decorative and fine arts of the early 19th century.

Rachel holds a Master’s degree from the Harvard Museum Studies Program. During her time at Harvard, Rachel worked as a research assistant on the Harvard Yard Archaeology Project through the Peabody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology, examining early dining culture at the University. Rachel’s capstone project at Harvard explored how museums can utilize local burying grounds as a tool to explore the art, topography, and social history of a region. Rachel holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts where she was chosen as the 2010 Governor John Endicott Memorial Scholar. Rachel’s senior thesis focused on the horticultural pursuits of Massachusetts’s first Governor John Endicott. This research has been utilized by others, including Massachusetts General Hospital North Shore, which has the oldest pear tree in the country on their grounds, planted by Governor Endicott in 1632. To connect with Rachel on Linkedin click here.