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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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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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Early 19th Century Women: What Were They Thinking?

Sep 4, 2017

What moves events? Is it great men (or women)…Napoleon, Abraham Lincoln, Queen Elizabeth I?…Or is it the separate decisions of thousands of individuals… farmers, shopkeepers, mothers? In this talk I’d like to consider American women in the early 19th century, between 1800 and 1865. This was a period during which America was forming itself – […]

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The False Plate: Our Connection to the 1600’s

Nov 5, 2013

By Executive Director Carter Lively It’s hard to explain why our roofs and their underlying structures have presented us with so many challenges. The answer lies not at the time of construction in the 1770’s, but before that when the colonists in Maryland and Virginia were trying to build their first houses in the 1600’s. […]

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Historic Preservation Cheerleaders

Jul 12, 2013

We at Hammond-Harwood House think that old buildings are pretty special, and try to convince other people of that fact too. We appreciate it when someone else who feels the same way makes a clear, cogent argument for saving old houses. The Preservation Journey blog recently shared a short but sweet list of 6 reasons […]

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Taking Another Look

Jun 14, 2013

It’s official: I’ve fallen down the rabbit hole. Like Alice in Wonderland, I am lost in a swirling mass of information, unsure of where it will all end. Unlike Alice, however, I love every second of it. You see, I have spent the past few days madly researching the Harwood family, trying to find information […]

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Party Like Pride & Prejudice

May 10, 2013

Tomorrow we are having a Pride and Prejudice-themed tea at Hammond-Harwood House, so my brain has been all Austen, all the time. And I’m not the only one; since this year is the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s best-known work, people all over the world are celebrating. The most impressive commemoration was put together by […]

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A 21st-Century Recipe for 18th-Century Cookies

Apr 19, 2013

I love reading 18th century recipes but have never been brave enough to try to actually use one. For one thing, the quantities of ingredients used are staggering to a modern cook, with recipes often including multiple pounds of butter. It’s very clear that they weren’t quite as health-conscious as we are today. Luckily, Colonial […]

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A Few Minutes of Fame

Mar 22, 2013

The Hammond-Harwood House was featured on last night’s episode of Chesapeake Collectibles on Maryland Public Television. In case you missed our moment in the spotlight, the full episode is available here.

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