50 Years of Historic London Town & Gardens

50th Anniversary Events


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

London Town at 50: Spring ReOpening

Friday – Sunday, March 19 – 21, 2021

10:00am – 4:00pm

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of London Town being open to the public with $1 admission all weekend long. During Maryland Day weekend, enjoy free or reduced admission to a variety of sites across the Four Rivers Heritage Area. Learn more at www.marylandday.org

$1 admission for everyone or free for members.

Donate to the Love for London Town Online Auction

Sunday, June 13 - Thursday, June 17


Show some "Love for London Town" at this year's online auction! It's our 50th anniversary, so this will be a big event.

At last year's inaugural online auction, over $20,000 was raised in support of our efforts to preserve and share this special colonial site and beautiful gardens. This only happened with the generosity of people like you, who donated items to our auction.

Will you consider donating an item(s), gift certificate and/or merchandise to this year’s auction? Your contribution would be such a wonderful addition and certainly increase the amount raised!

Donate to the Auction Here

50th Anniversary Lecture Series: Colonial London Town

Tuesday, April 6, 2021,

10:30 am

To celebrate Historic London Town and Gardens' 50th Anniversary, this year's lecture series will connect our past, present, and future. Kicking off the series, our Executive Director, Rod Cofield will paint the story of London Town's founding in 1683 and explain its rise and fall as a critical port town in Colonial Maryland.


Free for members or $10 for non-members (Become one today!)


  • All attendees must register in advance.

  • Attendance is limited to 30 participants.

  • This lecture will be held outside under our tent along the beautiful South River.

  • Seats will be spread apart and masks will be required at all times while under the tent and inside any buildings. Learn more about our COVID-19 policies here.

Register for the lecture here.

Detail from painting of Colonial London Town by Lee Boynton

50th Anniversary Lecture Series: Marshy Point Azaleas

Tuesday, May 4, 2021,

10:30 am

To celebrate Historic London Town and Gardens' 50th Anniversary, this year's lecture series will connect our past, present, and future. This month, we will host a lecture with Don Hyatt about the nature and history of Marshy Point Azaleas. Following the lecture, we will take a tour of the gardens with Cathy Segree to see these beautiful blooms in person.

Please note: This lecture will be held in a hybrid format. The first 30 minutes will be a Zoom lecture, followed by a 30-minute tour. The lecture will be projected in our event tent along the South River, or may be streamed from home. The tour will step off immediately following the lecture for those participants watching on-site.

In person: Free for members; $10/ non-members. 

Zoom only: Free for members; $8/non-members. 


All attendees (both virtual and in person) must register in advance.

Attendance will be limited to 30 people on-site.

Register Today!

For the safety of participants and staff, this event will be held outside with appropriate distancing, group sizes, and cleaning in accordance with CDC and local guidance.


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 lauren@historiclondontown.org

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 lauren@historiclondontown.org or 410-222-1919 x205