Early Maryland History


"It was a great educational experience. Even as a life long resident of Anne Arundel County, I learned many things." - Fourth grade teacher, Anne Arundel County

May 2022 Field Trips Are Sold Out! April & June Still Available.​

The Early Maryland School Tour explores life and daily activities in the colonial port of London Town. With activities taking place in and around the c. 1760 William Brown House tavern and our historically accurate reconstructions of the Tenement and Carpenter’s Shop, this program transports students to an earlier age.

Age Groups

This program is best for third, fourth, and fifth graders, but is adaptable for kindergarten through 12th grade students, homeschoolers, Scouts, and other children’s organizations.



The program explores three topics:

  • People: While dressed in colonial clothing, students will learn about the lives of those living in London Town, both free and unfree, by exploring how they would have interacted in a social center of colonial life: the tavern of the William Brown House.

  • Work: The work that men, women, and children would have done to support themselves, their families, and their community are explored through hands-on activities such as hearth cooking in the Lord Mayor's Tenement and woodworking in the Carpenter Shop.

  • Trade: London Town's role as a British colonial seaport and its connection to a global trade network are discovered in the Seaport station.  Here students create rope at the Ropewalk, and examine objects similar to those found by archaeologists at the Rumney-West Tavern site in the Exhibit.


Tour Length

A full-day program (3.5 hours) includes all three of the topics listed above and allows time for lunch. A half-day program (2 hours) includes two of the three topics.


Program Objectives

  • Learn how archival (documents) and physical evidence (artifacts) can tell us about the past.

  • Learn a new type of historical investigation of disenfranchised people by using artifacts as a primary source.

  • Use deductive reasoning, based on the best archival and physical evidence, to conclude how colonial people lived their daily lives at London Town.

  • Draw comparisons between daily life in the 18th century to life today and describe how life was different for children in colonial Maryland.

  • Recognize that slavery was unfortunately a large and integral part of the economies of London Town, colonial Maryland, the New World, and intercontinental trade.

  • Learn how vital the import and export trade systems were to the colonies and England.

  • Learn the importance and economic basis of the Triangle Trade.


Hands-On Activities

The following are some of the individual lessons used. Not all lessons are used in every program.​

  • William Brown House: While in period clothing, students will explore the c. 1760 tavern, discovering what life was like for those that lived and worked there, including those held in bondage, and how they would have interacted with each other, as well as the tavern's guests.

  • Lord Mayor’s Tenement: Experience work done at home in the 18th century. Activities include grinding spices and making corn cakes at the hearth.

  • Carpenter Shop: Students gain a better understanding of colonial trades and apprenticeships, while using a variety of carpentry tools.

  • Seaport: While learning about how the South River connected London Town to the rest of the world, children will create rope at our Ropewalk.

  • Exhibit: Examine reproduction objects similar to those taken out of an archaeological dig at London Town.



Visit our School Group Tours page or contact the Public Programs Department at 410-222-1919 x212 or by email.