Hammond-Harwood House

#6 in Best Things To Do in Annapolis
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19 Maryland Avenue

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Historic Homes/Mansions, Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.3scorecard
  • 4.0Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

The Hammond-Harwood House, the self-proclaimed "jewel of Annapolis," is in all seriousness, a gem. William Buckland, the indentured servant turned famed architect also responsible for George Mason's Gunston Hall, began work on the townhouse in the late 18th century. He employed elements of the Anglo-Palladian style, which have been masterfully preserved. Visitors to the home will enjoy 50-minute guided tours that touch on everything from the architecture to the families that inhabited the home. A two-hour, $20 in-depth tour of the architecture of the house is also offered by appointment only.

Recent visitors to the house said they were pleasantly surprised by how interesting the tour was, adding that the guides are knowledgeable and do a great job engaging visitors and soliciting questions.

Admission to the Hammond-Harwood House is $7 for adults; $6 for seniors or students and $4 for kids. The admission price includes a tour, which starts every hour on the hour. From April to October, the house is open from noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. In November and December, the home is open Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. And the cold months between January and March, the home is open for group and school tours by appointment only (410-263-4683 ext. 16). For more information, check out the website

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#1 United States Naval Academy

The United States Naval Academy is the No. 1 attraction in Annapolis. The campus is beautiful and pays homage to the naval branch of the military, even while it raises up the new generation. The "noon meal formation," where the midshipmen march in formation, is a must-see as well, and it's held weather permitting. In the free U.S. Naval Academy Museum, you can take a self-guided tour through the navy's history. But recent visitors highly recommend taking advantage of the guided walking tour of the campus — not only will you gain insight into naval history, but you'll also learn about the academy's Beaux-Arts architecture and landscaping.

The Naval Academy is also known for its music department. Throughout the year, multiple choral and instrumental ensembles, including the Naval Academy Band, put on performances that are open to the public. Check the website before your visit to purchase tickets.

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