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Dress Policy: Visitors are not permitted within the Museum without proper clothing, shirt, and/or shoes. Visitors wearing clothing deemed inappropriate will be denied access to the Museum or will be asked to leave the premises

Featured Events

CANCELLED: Wine Talk and Tasting with Barton & Guestier

CANCELLED

 

Come taste a variety of Barton and Guestier wines and discover how “terroir” (the natural environment in which a wine is produced) impacts the flavor of wine. Heavy hors d'oeuvres included. Thanks to Surville Enterprises for sponsoring this event.

$35 for London Town members, $45 for non-members. Space is limited! 

POSTPONED: Plant Sale: Members & Volunteers Preview

New date to be determined

The annual plant sale begins with a special preview just for London Town members and volunteers on Friday from 12:00 to 5:00 pm. Then continues on Saturday for everyone from 9am - 2pm.

Members and volunteers receive a 10% discount on plants all weekend.

Free for members and volunteers.

POSTPONED: Plant Sale

New date to be determined

What will you find at the sale?

  • Plants hardy to zone 7a and 7b

  • Plants that are well represented in our gardens and are thriving in our woodland gardens (filtered shade)

  • Our stock comes from reputed vendors and is hand picked

  • Part of our plant material is lifted and transplanted form the gardens and is well accustomed to clay/sand mix found at London Town

  • 80% of our stock is exotic plants that are of high botanical and ornamental value. But we will have a few natives too


Members and volunteers receive a 10% discount on plants all weekend.

Free to attend the plant sale. (Member & Volunteer Preview Day to be announced soon)

CANCELLED: Earth Day Miniature Garden Workshops

Sunday April 19, 2020

Session 1: 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Session 2: 1:30 to 3:00 pm

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day by making a mini potted succulent garden! Fun and suitable for all ages! The succulents will be cold-hardy, easy to install, and even easier to maintain! This year's Earth Day theme is climate action: Good plans don't come from cluttered minds, so our mini gardens will be all about positivity, motivation, and inspiration.

$20 per project for members of London Town, $23 per project for non-members; $5 off each additional registrant. Pre-registration recommended.

CANCELLED: Women's Work

Saturday & Sunday, May 9 & 10, 2020

10:00am – 4:30pm

Celebrate both Mother's Day and the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment by exploring the lives of London Town's foremothers.  London Town was home to several women-run businesses during the colonial period, like the tailor Elizabeth Ferguson or the miller Mehitable Pierpont.  The labor of women was integral to every type of business - from May Jones, a convict servant working in William Brown's Tavern, to Betty, an enslaved cooper, who made buckets and barrels for the community.  These women’s stories show that women's work has never been delicate or easy.  Aid our reenactors in fetching water, assist with laundry, scour pots, and knead dough. Come view the wares of various tradeswomen and learn some carpentry skills while you're at it!

Included with general admission. Free for London Town members. (Become a member today!) 

Escape London Town: Ferguson Tavern

Select Dates in  June through November, 2020

3:30 – 4:30 pm

The year is 1763.  You and your travel companions wake to find yourselves locked inside Ferguson Tavern.  While your memories of the prior evening are a little fuzzy, you quickly realize that your travel papers and money are missing and that your ship is leaving in just one hour!  Can you make it out in time?

 

Escape London Town: Ferguson Tavern is the first escape room experience created by Historic London Town and Gardens.  Escape rooms are real life interactive games where players must uncover clues, solve puzzles, and crack codes if they hope to escape in an hour or less.  For this experience, we have turned the Lord Mayor’s Tenement (one of our reconstructed colonial buildings) into Elizabeth Ferguson’s tavern. Working in groups of 4 to 10 players, you will have the opportunity to match wits against Elizabeth to see if you can escape her tavern.  

 

Elizabeth has left for the market before you wake up and, after your night of rowdy carousing, she fears that you might leave without paying her!  She has taken your belongings, hidden them away, and locked you inside her tavern until she can return home. You and your fellow travelers must work together to figure out how to retrieve your personal items and free yourselves, before your ship leaves for England.  If your party can work through all of her challenges in less than one hour, you win!

$35 per person; $30 for members of London Town. Pre-registration required. 

Pollination Exploration

Saturday, June 20, 2020

10am – 12pm

In recognition of National Pollinator Week, stop by the Sound & Sensory Garden to help refurbish London Town's pollinator hotel to get ready for our new spring guests! Staff will demonstrate different techniques for the assembly of a bee hotel with natural materials while discussing maintenance of the hotel, the importance of providing homes for solitary bees and other insects, and guidance on at-home solutions to help further pollinator conservation efforts. And, of course, discuss all things pollination!

Included with general admission. Free for members and active military members & families through the Blue Star Museums program.

Open July 4th! Independence Day Celebration

Saturday, July 4, 2020

10:00am - 4:30pm

Historic London Town and Gardens will be open on the 4th of July! During the day, we'll have special activities including a performance of Frederick Douglass' "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July" by Joel Cook at 11am. (Photo is of Joel Cook as Frederick Douglass by Victorian Photography Studio.)

 

Additionally, there will be the return of "Drinks with the Director" from 12:30 - 2pm. Rod Cofield, London Town's executive director, will play bartender, serving up punch and cider (cash bar) while sharing the important role of taverns in the 17th and 18th centuries. Enjoy a relaxed afternoon of drinks and conversation on taverns, archaeology, and early America. Come when you can; leave when you must! 

Included with general admission. Free for members and active military members & families through the Blue Star Museums program. Drinks with the Director will have a small fee per drink.

Revolutionary London Town

Saturday and Sunday, July 11 - 12, 2020

10:00 am to 4:30 pm

Step back into the contentious days surrounding the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Join the people of London Town in exploring what “independence” really means. You can join the Continental Army or Continental Marines to learn musket drill, debate the merits of independence in William Brown’s tavern, and learn how colonists made a living at our Carpenters’ Shop and Tenement.

 

The United States Marine Corps Historical Company will be leading several activities, including black powder demonstrations, debating the Declaration of Independence, demonstrating outdoor cooking, and of course, leading marine recruitment.

 

Come by before opening hours (9am) on Saturday to enjoy Coffee with the Colonists. You can enjoy coffee and tea with volunteer living historians who bring the weekend to life. Chat with them about life during the Revolutionary War and their experiences doing living history.

Included with general admission.  Free for London Town members (become one today!) and members of the active military (and their families) through the Blue Star Museums program - learn more at www.historiclondontown.org/bluestarmuseums . Small additional fee for Coffee with the Colonists (tickets available later in 2020). 

Celtic Weekend

Saturday and Sunday, August 8 - 9, 2020

10:00 am to 4:30 pm

Celebrate our Scottish and Irish heritage all weekend! Enjoy hearth cooking with the Appin Historical Society, woodworking with Seneca Creek Joinery, wool waulking demonstrations, and the Robert Burns Society of Annapolis, wearing kilts and sashes, will show examples of tartan and do a poetry reading by Burns. More to be announced.

Included with general admission. Free for London Town members. (Become one today!) Free for active military members and their families through the Blue Star Museum program. Learn more here.

Yoga at Gresham Estate

Sundays, September 6 & 20, October 4 & 18, November 1 & 15, 2020

10:00am–11:00am

Come enjoy a morning yoga session at scenic and historic Gresham Estate, just 10 minutes from Historic London town and Gardens! Guest yoga instructors will lead a 1-hour outdoor yoga class.

$20 drop-in rate or $100 for all 6 sessions, or $15 drop-in rate for members of London Town or $70 for all 6 sessions for members of London Town (become one today!). Ticket link available later in 2020.

Fall Hearth Cooking Workshop with Rebecca Suerdieck

Saturday, October 10, 2020, 10:00am - 4:00pm

Sunday, October 11, 2020, 10:00am - 4:00pm

* Are you interested in exploring foods and recipes of the past?
* Would you like to learn historically accurate cooking techniques?
* Does cooking on an open fire appeal to you?

If yes, then sign up today for this Hands-On Workshop and learn how to cook like our ancestors did!

Recreate recipes from 17th, 18th and 19th century sources. You'll be able to taste everything you make in class!

Class Size is limited so sign up early! Ages 16+ (Anyone under the age of 16 needs to be accompanied by a paid, enrolled Parents/Adult Guardian.)

INFO & REGISTRATION HERE: https://17thcvirginiacook.wixsite.com/workshops

About the workshop leader: 

Rebecca Suerdieck is a Domestic Historian, Public Speaker and Educator.

 

She enjoys exploring the different aspects of her Research with self-initiated Projects. To accompany the Primary Sources and Archaeological Artifacts that she studies, she also takes it upon herself to actually DO what she reads about. These Projects have included exploring and recreating the many Domestic Skills that were known by the first English Women in Virginia. 


As an Independent Historian, Rebecca is sought out by many Historic Sites, Farm Sites, and Educational Groups to teach Domestic Skills and speak on Related Subjects.

Trick or Treat at London Town!

Saturday, October 31, 2020

10:00am–1:00pm

Celebrate Halloween with trick or treating at London Town! More information to be announced.

Included with general admission. Free for London Town members. (Become one today!)

Militia Muster

Saturday and Sunday, November 7-8, 2020 

10:00 am to 4:30 pm

November kicks off with a bang when Oldton’s Company of Baltemore Rangers return to London Town. Representing early Maryland Militia, the Rangers come to live in the town over the weekend. They will conduct black powder demonstrations, have displays of 17th century colonial life, and demonstrate hearth cooking.

Included with general admission. Free for London Town members. (Become one today!)

Privateer Party

Friday, November 13, 2020

6:00 - 9:30pm


Party like a Privateer at London Town’s biggest benefit! Dress up in pirate themed attire (cocktail attire also welcome) and enjoy food, rum bars, and silent auctions – all to celebrate and support London Town. 

American Indian Heritage Day

Friday, November 27, 2020 11am- 4:30pm

Historic London Town and Gardens is happy to welcome Living the American Indian Experience from the Cedarville Band of the Piscataway Indian for American Indian Heritage Day. They will share child-safe archery, dancing, and cultural presentations all day long.

 

Included with general admission. Free for members

Wreath Workshop

Saturday, December 5, 2020
Session 1: 10am to 12pm
Session 2: 2pm to 4pm


Start your holiday season with our annual wreath workshop! Create your own holiday wreaths and centerpieces. Our expert wreath makers will guide you in making the perfect natural holiday decorations for your home!


Registration limited to 35 per session. Pre-registration required. Registration link will be made available later in the year. 

Annual Meeting 2020: Member Celebration

Thursday, December 10, 2020 6pm

Celebrate another great year with Historic London Town and Gardens. Enjoy drinks and heavy appetizers as we review our accomplishments and look ahead to a new year. Thank you for being part of our efforts to save a special history and share beautiful gardens.

Free for all members. Pre-registration required. Limited seating available. Registration link made available later in the year. 

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839 Londontown Road, Edgewater, MD 21037          410-222-1919         londontown@historiclondontown.org

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