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50 Years of Historic London Town & Gardens

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The Golden Gala

50 + 1 Years of London Town

Friday, May 13, 2022
VIP Happy Hour: 5:30PM
General Admission: 6:30PM

Celebrate London Town's 50th anniversary with a trip back to our start as a museum and gardens in the 1970s! 

Rock your favorite 1970s threads (or cocktail attire). Enjoy a retro-inspired signature cocktail, dance to classic hits, bid in the silent auction, and more. Get your picture taken in a 1976 VW van. You can even help us create a time capsule for the next 50 years of London Town!


The 1970s meets the 1770s: VIP ticket holders can add a truly historic Happy Hour featuring Colonial Cocktails mixed by executive director Rod Cofield. Rod will mix drinks at the recently reconstructed bar in the William Brown House, a colonial tavern.

Explore the auction (items still being added) here!


$150 per person (tax deductible amount $70)
$200 per person includes VIP Happy Hour: Colonial Cocktails (tax deductible amount $120)

Sponsorships include tickets to the event: $500 - 5,000
New this Year! Exclusive sponsorship opportunities available for special stations and events

Your bids and donations will support 
Historic London Town & Gardens
501c3 non-profit organization; Tax ID: 52-139615
839 Londontown Road, Edgewater, MD 21037

50th Anniversary Events

Join us for some special events celebrating our big anniversary! See all of our events and programs here.


Calling All Volunteers!

Are you a current or former volunteer with Historic London Town and Gardens? Or are you the family member of a former volunteer? If so, we want to hear from you!

With the start of our 50th anniversary this year, we want to reconnect with all of our volunteers. Please take this brief survey so that we can acknowledge your generosity of time and talent. Our goal is to plan a big reunion event for the summer or fall of 2022 (not this year). 

Take Our Volunteer Survey

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Lauren Silberman, deputy director, at 410-222-1919 x205 or

If you are a former volunteer who wants to volunteer again, you can be added to our wait list by emailing Lauren. Because of the health crisis, we are not offering new volunteer opportunities yet, but we will again in the future.



Discover important events in London Town's history

Lee Boynton Historic London Town Paintin

1683: London Town Founded

London Town begins as a port town on the South River. It served as the County Seat for Anne Arundel County until Annapolis took over in 1695.

Artist's rendition of London Town by Lee Boynton

50th Anniversary Posts


Every month, we're adding a new post celebrating and examining different parts of London Town's history and evolution as a public site.

50th Anniversary Fund


Starting in 2021, London Town will have been open for 50 years. And because of you, we are looking ahead to the next 50 years. Will you donate $100 or more in support of our 100-year vision?


London Town is looking ahead to the future. Here is just some of what’s coming soon:

  • We’re starting construction on a new education pavilion soon. This will make the site ready to expand our school programs as soon as the health crisis passes.

  • The second phase of preservation work on the c.1760 William Brown House is getting started this year. The 50-year-old electrical and HVAC systems are getting a much-needed upgrade.

  • We’re finalizing the designs for a new horticulture complex to better manage and share the gardens.

  • And best of all, we’re getting started on improving the South River waterfront.


While we can’t plan the big in-person bashes we had hoped to have, we have many exciting things in the works. Join us for a year of surprises, memories, and celebrations. We will look back at the last 50 years and share our vision for the future. Will you support us with a donation of $100 in celebration of the last 50 years and the next 50 to come?

Donate to the 50th Anniversary Fund Today!

Press Kit


Historic London Town and Gardens 50th Anniversary - London Town opened to the public in 1971. Celebrations begin in 2021 and will continue through 2022. Media questions can be directed to Lauren Silberman, deputy director, at or 410-222-1919 x205

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