The Hammond-Harwood House features a remarkable collection of colonial furniture that showcases work from a wide range of 18th-century artists from around the world, as well as crafts from Annapolis, with particular emphasis on cabinetmaker John Shaw. Pieces in the collection include an elegant dining room sideboard, a gaming table, a tall case clock and a variety of authentic colonial pieces such as a delicate sewing kit, a period medicine chest, a child’s furniture set, and an 18th-century watercolor set. The Hammond-Harwood House also features an outstanding collection of fine arts and portraiture with significant works by portrait painter Charles Willson Peale.
The Hammond-Harwood House offers a variety of educational programs ranging from lectures and workshops to field trips. The ‘Then and Now Program’ is designed to teach young children the difference between colonial and modern day life and features tours of the herb garden, colonial
The ‘Colonial Adventure Tour’ is designed for students to learn more about life in Maryland during the 1770s and includes a tour of the mansion and open dialogue with expert guides about the history and heritage surrounding the house. Students enjoy interactive games and activities such as writing with quill pens, painting a portrait, building a replica brick wall and playing with colonial toys to experience life as it was hundreds of years ago.
‘To Be Colonial’ is designed for students in grades 6 through 8 and focuses on the lives of four individuals who played a role in the House’s history, ranging from patron, Matthias Hammond and Pre-Revolutionary War architect, William Buckland, to Frances Loockerman and Juliette, a slave. The program includes a tour of the house with a particular focus on the daily lives of four colonial characters, along with in-depth examinations of documents, clothing, and inventory in the house.
The ‘Reading and Writing History’ program gives high school students an interactive lesson about Colonial American history with a colonial house tour, an introduction to historical resources, and a group study session. Things to Do in Annapolis, MD: The Hammond-Harwood House Museum - Photo: The Hammond-Harwood House Museum
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