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

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.



Grade 3

2.0.B.1 Identify and describe how individuals and groups share and borrow from other cultures

2.0.C.1 Analyze how groups of people interact

3.0.C.1 Describe how transportation and communication networks link places through the movement of people, goods, and ideas

4.0.A.1 Explain that people must make choices because resources are limited relative to unlimited wants for goods and services

4.0.A.2 Examine the production process

4.0.A.3 Examine how technology affects the way people live, work, and play

6.0.A.1 Investigate how people lived in the past using a variety of sources

Grade 4

2.0.A.1 Describe the various cultures of early societies of Maryland

2.0.B.1 Analyze how Maryland society was influenced by the contributions of people and groups

2.0.B.2 Describe cultural characteristics of various groups of people in Maryland

2.0.C.1 Evaluate how various perspectives of Marylanders can cause compromise and/or conflict

4.0.A.1 Explain that people must make choices because resources are limited relative to economic wants for goods and services in Maryland, past and present

4.0.A.3 Explain how technological changes have affected production and consumption in Maryland

6.0.A.1.b Compare the development of places and regions, such as St. Mary’s City, Western Maryland, Kent Island, and Annapolis

6.0.A.1.c Describe the establishment of slavery and how it shaped life in Maryland

6.0.C.1 Examine the consequences of interactions among groups and cultures in Maryland

6.0.C.4 Analyze how the institution of slavery impacted individuals and groups in Maryland

Grade 5

2.0.A.1 Describe the various cultures of colonial societies and how the environment influenced them

2.0.B.2 Analyze how increased diversity in the colonies resulted from immigration, settlement patterns and economic development

2.0.C.1 Analyze factors that affected relationships in the colonial period

5.0.A.1 Explain that people made choices because resources were limited relative to economic wants for goods and services in Colonial America

5.0.A.2 Analyze how limited economic resources were used to satisfy economic wants in Colonial America

5.0.A.3 Analyze how technological changes affected production and consumption in Colonial America

5.0.A.4 Analyze the consequences of specialized work on interdependence, trade, and economic growth

6.0.B.2 Analyze the growth and development of colonial America

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.