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Featured Events

 
 
 
 
 

Projectile Point Workshop: The Bob Ogle Collection

Thursday, January 9, 2020, 12:00pm - 7:00pm

Thursday, January 16, 2020, 12:00pm - 7:00pm

Thursday, February 6 2020, 3:00pm - 7:00pm

Thursday, February 13, 2020, 12:00pm - 7:00pm

Thursday, March 5, 2020, 3:00pm - 7:00pm

The Anne Arundel County Archaeology Lab is hosting free workshops for volunteers to help with processing the Bob Ogle collection, which includes 13,000 years of Maryland artifacts, especially Native American projectile points and ceramics. Come learn how to identify and classify these fascinating remnants of Maryland's past!

Did you know? The Lost Towns Project, in conjunction with Anne Arundel County Cultural Resources Division, accepts volunteers of all ages to help process artifacts from across the county in the Anne Arundel Archaeology Laboratory. Email volunteers@losttownsproject.org for more information.

Free to participate. Sign up online. No experience is necessary; children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Come when you are available!

Immersion Day

Saturday, January 18, 2020

10:00am - 4:30pm

Immerse yourself in London Town, circa 1771. Chat with tailors, shoemakers, teachers, cooks, servants, enslaved people, and merchants who sleep in the cold and huddle over the fire. They eat only period dishes and live as close to the eighteenth-century style as possible.

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

Lecture Series: LGBTQ+ History in Maryland

Saturdays in February, 2020

10:00am

Each Saturday, learn from a noted scholar about the LGBTQ+ experience in the Chesapeake region. Speakers include:
 

  • On Saturday, February 1, Kikeokan of the Wild Turkey Clan, Cedarville Band of the Piscataway-Conoy will present "Decolonizing Gender and Sexuality in 2020".  Explore the sacred knowledge of two-spirit societies, 7 genders, and the honor of being a women in indigenous cultures of Turtle Island.  Discussion topics will include sex, gender, marriage, matriarchal societies, community based responsibility, and dismantling oppressive systems.

  • On Saturday, February 8, Dr. Christopher Mielke will present “More than Friends: The Queer Chesapeake in the 18th, 19th, & 20th Centuries.” This will be a stationary version of his Three Centuries of Queer Annapolis walking tour, including stories of Revolutionary War generals, African-American schoolteachers, a quack doctor called the “monopolize of her own sex,” and many more.
     

  • On Saturday, February 15, Caitlin Heartweave will speak on “Fops, Fribbles, and Female Husbands: Gender Diversity in Early Anglo-America,” focusing on individuals who could and did ‘break the rules,’ defining and expressing themselves in gender-non-conforming ways.

  • On Saturday, February 22, Dr. Thomas Foster will talk on “LGBTQ History in Early America,” with a focus on colonial British America.  Dr. Foster is a professor of history at Howard University and the author or editor of seven books, including (as editor) "Long Before Stonewall: History of Same-Sex Sexuality in Early America," and (as author) "Rethinking Rufus: Sexual Violations of Enslaved Men."

  • On Saturday, February 29, Ben Egerman will discuss Preservation Maryland’s project documenting the LGBTQ+ spaces in Maryland.  Throughout 2019, Ben Egerman worked with Preservation Maryland on a project to conduct a brief survey of sites associated with LGBTQ+ history, culture, and communities statewide. This talk will discuss this project and what it uncovered, how this helps us understand the story of LGBTQ+ people in our state's history, and the resources that are available for future work in preserving LGBTQ+ history and heritage.

Included with general admission or free for members of London Town.

 

Image: An Actress at her Toilet, or Miss Brazen just Breecht, by John Collet., ​©Trustees of the British Museum.

Archaeology Lab Open House

Saturday, February 8, 2020, 11:30am - 4:00pm

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

Saturday, April 18, 2020, 9:00am - 3:00pm

Drop in to the Anne Arundel County Archaeology Lab on the grounds of Historic London Town and Gardens for a look into the past!

Archaeologists and volunteers at the lab work together to process, identify, and catalog thousands of artifacts from local archaeology sites all year long.

Come learn more about our current archaeology projects in Anne Arundel County, discover volunteer and internship opportunities, or jump in and help us process some artifacts from recent digs!

Free! All are welcome; children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.​

Dining to Donate: Killarney House

Monday, February 24, 2020

5:00pm until Close

 

Killarney House

584 W Central Ave

Davidsonville, MD 21035

 

Ask for the special fundraiser meal at Killarney House on the evening of February 24th, and a whopping 40% of the proceeds will go to Historic London Town and Gardens! Enjoy a delicious three course meal for only $25. The menu includes:

 

Your Choice of Starter:

Side Salad with house dressing OR Potato and Leek Soup

 

Your Choice of Entrée:

Fish and Chips

Using Cod, this white fish is dipped in our homemade beer batter and deep fried to a golden brown, served with tartar sauce and Irish chips
 

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

A tender breast of chicken, lightly seasoned, charbroiled, sliced and served over our classic Caesar salad
 

Chicken and Dumplings

Savory chicken, homemade dumplings, mushrooms, carrots, celery, and onions topped with biscuit crumbles

Sheperd's Pie

Ground sirloin, onions, peas and carrots baked in rich casserole and topped with mashed potatoes
 

Dessert:

Irish Bread Pudding

 

Warm up on a cool February evening with some delicious Irish food, enjoy some drinks, and have a delicious meal – all while supporting London Town’s museum and gardens. Thank you to Killarney House for hosting this fundraiser for London Town! We hope to see many of you at this yummy event!  

 

We recommend calling Killarney House for reservations 410-798-8700

Partying through Time: A Happy Hour Archaeology Workshop

Friday, February 28, 2020

6:00 - 8:00pm

 

Archaeologists with The Lost Towns Project will pull real artifact collections from Anne Arundel County out of storage for this hands-on workshop. Listen to experts describe lavish parties through the centuries, then go on a guided exploration of artifacts from ancient Native American feasts, Colonial taverns, and other historic celebrations.

 

Admission includes heavy appetizers, refreshments, and 1 drink ticket. Cash bar will also be available.

 

$25 for London Town members and Lost Towns Project volunteers; $30 for non-members

Spring Hearth Cooking Workshop with Rebecca Suerdieck

Saturday, March 7, 2020, 10:00am - 4:00pm

Sunday, March 8, 2020, 10:00am - 4:00pm

There will also be fall sessions available Saturday or Sunday, October 10 or 11

* 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.

Wedding Open House

Sunday, March 15, 2020

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM 

Join us to mix and mingle with top Annapolis vendors, take a tour of our venue and grounds, and learn more about hosting your wedding in this beautiful area!

Free. Pre-registration suggested.

Wine Talk and Tasting with Barton & Guestier

Friday, April 3, 2020

7:00pm - 9:00pm

 

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! 

Smithsonian Day: Earth Optimism

Saturday, April 4, 2020

10:00 am - 4:30pm

Museum Day is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian Magazine. Historic London Town and Gardens is one of the participating museums and cultural institutions from across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. The Museum Day ticket provides free admission for two people.

Free for two people with pre-registration. Pre-registration link becomes available starting February 27, 2020.

Escape London Town: Ferguson Tavern

Select Dates in April 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. 

Plant Sale: Members & Volunteers Preview

Friday, April 17, 2020

12:00pm - 5:00pm

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.

Plant Sale

Saturday, April 18, 2020

9:00am - 2:00pm

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)

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

Come prepare for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day by making a mini potted succulent garden! Fun and suitable for all ages! The succulents used will be cold-hardy, easy to install, and easier to maintain! This year's Earth Day theme is climate action, and 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 additional each additional garden. Pre-registration recommended. Ticket link available soon.

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!) 

Blue Angels Practice

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

10:00am – 4:30pm

Come out and see the Blue Angels as they rehearse for the U.S. Naval Academy's Graduation. Free to sit out on the lawn and see the Blue Angels fly over or reduced price to visit the site. Check in at the front desk.

Free to sit out on the lawn or reduced price to visit the site: $9 for adults; $7 for seniors; $5 for youth (5 - 17); $3 for children 4 - 6; free for children 3 and under. Free for members and active military members & families through the Blue Star Museums program.

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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