History tends to repeat itself, which means there’s a good chance you’ll get run over by another war elephant. Learn from the past with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $20 for two tickets to the "Founding Gardeners" lecture on Sunday, May 20, from 6–7 p.m. (a $50 value)
- $10 for a William Paca House & Garden tour for two (a $20 value)
The "Founding Gardeners" lecture, led by author Andrea Wulf, will reflect on the agriculture, gardening, and botany that contributed to the elemental passions of America’s Founding Fathers. The lecture takes place at St. Anne’s Church.
A National Historic Landmark, the William Paca House & Garden maintains its original colonial-era grandeur with the help of dedicated archaeologists, historians, and gardeners. Tours, which begin each hour and last approximately 45 minutes, meander through two floors of the 18th-century home, where rooms are filled with ornate furnishings as well as Paca family silver and ceramics. Guests can next embark on self-led tours in the 2-acre garden, marked by multitier terraces with geometric parterres, a fish-shaped pond, and a diversity of bright, native blooms.
Historic Annapolis at St. John’s College
Historic Annapolis at St. John’s College preserves and celebrates the area’s rich social and political history with tours of the colonial city and its landmark homes. The nonprofit group restored the Paca House & Garden, National Historic Landmark, to its colonial-era glory so that visitors could wander the rooms and gardens and travel back in time to an era teeming with revolutionary political ideas and patriotism. A historical museum holds exhibits that illuminate the past, such as a six-foot-by-six-foot model of 18th-century Annapolis and a wormhole to Ben Franklin’s kite shop. At Hogshead at 43 Pinkney Street, living history presentations immerse visitors in the language and thoughts of long-ago citizens. Historic Annapolis also hosts a variety of public events, from historical interpreters presenting on colonial life to summer camps for burgeoning history buffs.