• Director’s Talk

Antebellum Women’s Views of That “Peculiar Institution”: Thoughts on Slavery in their Diaries and Letters

Wednesday October 3 at noon

$15 per person/Members Free

For reservations, please call 410-263-4683×10 or email info@hammondharwoodhouse.org

Caught between slave-owning husbands who held dominion over their lives and the enslaved individuals who worked with them closely to manage a household, what did the women of the period before the Civil War think about their roles? As women, were they free to speak and act according to their conscience? Some wept with misery, some lived in fear of their lives, some decried the necessity to discipline, some relished their power. America’s troubling toleration of slavery is expressed in many ways through the words of these women in their diaries and letters.



  • Two Great Houses Tour

October 13, 2018

Time: 10am to noon

$30per person.

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Space limited. Please call 410-263-4683×10 or email info@hammondharwoodhouse.org to reserve.


This tour explores the architectural highlights of Annapolis two premier 18th century jewels products of architect William Buckland, the Hammond-Harwood House and the Chase-Lloyd House.

Tour starts at Chase-Lloyd House.




  • Jane Austen Tour

Wednesday, October 17 at noon.

$10 per person/Members Free

For reservations, please call 410-263-4683×10 or email info@hammondharwoodhouse.org


Tour of the house that compares the customs and social graces of the Loockerman family, who lived in the Hammond-Harwood House in the early 19th century, with those of characters in Jane Austen novels.


  • Artisans of a Great House – Cancelled
    Mr. Drake Witte – Mason

Friday, October 19th, 2018 at 2 p.m

For reservations, please call 410-263-4683×10 or email info@hammondharwoodhouse.org


In this hands on series artisans explore the trades employed by families who lived in the great houses of the Chesapeake, like the Hammond-Harwood House. Get up close with an expert mason to find brick patterns and discover the mortar that was used in the 18th century. Mason Drake Witte will take participants on a tour followed by a participatory workshop.


Biography: Drake Witte, Mason

Brick mason Drake Witte is a native of Hagerstown Maryland where he grew up in a 1750’s limestone Pennsylvania Bank Barn style home. Growing up his parents had a sailboat business in Annapolis. He developed an interest in history, sculpture, and philosophy. He started his first bricklayers job at age 19 in 1971 and continued on to become an apprentice bricklayer in Washington D.C. Drake has been self-employed since 1982 and has worked on many 18th century buildings including the John Ridout house, Hammond-Harwood House, and the orangery at Wye House on the eastern shore. He is a seasoned lecturer and has spoken at Historic Annapolis and Preservation Maryland among others. Drake has received several awards including the Preservation Lifetime Achievement Award from Historic Annapolis.


  • Becoming Buckland

2018 Architecture Lecture Series at

The Johns Hopkins University (Mergenthaler Hall, Room 111, Baltimore, MD 21218)

Mon, October 22, 2018 from 5:00 p.m – 7:00 p.m EDT


The beautiful Hammond-Harwood House in Annapolis is a masterpiece of skilled craftsmanship and elegant Palladian design. But up until the early twentieth century, the name of its architect had been lost to time. It was only after 1924 that scholars realized that the house could be credited to William Buckland, a man whose name had faded into obscurity. Now, thanks to detailed scholarship, Hammond-Harwood House Curator and Assistant Director Rachel Lovett will discuss Buckland’s brief but eventful life, from his birth in Oxford, England, in 1734, to his indenture at George Mason’s Gunston’s Hall, to his time as the architect of choice for the elite of Virginia and Annapolis.

5 p.m. Reception at Homewood Museum
6 p.m. Lecture in Mergenthaler Hall, Room 111

Free event parking will be available in the Johns Hopkins Club parking lot. Advance, pre-paid registration is strongly requested. Walk-in registration is based on seating availability. 1 AIA/CES LU available per lecture.

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  • Pumpkin Walk

Friday, October 26 from 4 pm to 6 pm

$15 per family/$10 Member’s family

For reservations, please call 410-263-4683×10 or email info@hammondharwoodhouse.org

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Join us for our annual Pumpkin Walk!!!

The event will celebrate the season with games and a costume parade around the mansion. Kids will enjoy several fun activities and will learn about the architecture of the house. Witch telling stories, face painting, pumpkin toss, witch hat ring toss, pop corn and more. Cash bar available.

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