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Construction on Hammond-Harwood House began way back in 1774. Designed by famed architect William Buckland, the townhouse far outlasted its birth century, though, weathering the Civil War and World War II as one of the jewels of Maryland's capital. Today, the home—once built for a gentleman planter—is a museum that illuminates what daily life was like in bygone times.
- Size: the size of a spacious home.
- Eye catcher: the collection of 18th-century furniture from around the world, as well as plenty of period pieces from Annapolis, especially from local cabinetmaker John Shaw.
- Permanent mainstay: Buckland's Anglo-Palladian architecture, festooned with intricate woodcarvings and plasterwork.
- Don't miss: the portraits from painter Charles William Peale. One special standout? A portrait done in muted rose tones of a young girl—named Ann Proctor—holding a doll.