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William Paca House and Garden

186 Prince George St., Annapolis, MD, 21401

William Paca House and Garden, 186 Prince George St., was the estate of Paca, governor of Maryland and signer of the Declaration of Independence. Built 1763-65, the restored Georgian house, which combines elements of English Georgian style with progressive Maryland additions such as massive end chimneys, contains period furnishings. The restored 2-acre garden area includes a Chinese Chippendale bridge, a summer house, a fish-shaped pond, formal parterres and a wilderness garden. Seasonal events and lectures also are offered. The garden was originally laid out 1765-72 and was paved over in the mid-20th century with asphalt. Research, aerial photography and background details in Charles Wilson Peale's portrait of Paca aided in its reconstruction. Guided 1-hour tours include both floors of the house and a self-guiding garden tour. Thirty-minute guided tours include the house's first floor and a self-guiding garden tour. Guided tours are available.


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