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Where to Learn More About London Town History

The best place to start learning about London Town’s history is in the “Discover London Town” exhibit on the lower level in the Visitor Center and the text panels in the Tenement, Carpenter’s Shop, and William Brown House.

Resources on our Website

Our website contains and links to a vast amount of information about London Town’s history:

Looking for something related to a particular topic, such as slavery, women's history, or ships? Try one of the following:

External ​Online Resources

Digital Maryland: We have worked with Digital Maryland to publish some of our archival documents online. This is an ongoing project so you will want to check the website periodically. 

General info:

Colonial clothing and hygene:

Colonial cooking:

Onsite Libraries

Visit the library on the second floor of the William Brown House for books and vertical files on a wide variety of topics related to London Town's history and gardens. A few history books and interpretive methods books are also in the classroom on the lower level of the Visitor Center. Both of these spaces are usually locked, so you may need to have a staff person let you in.

The Joan Cass Beck Collections

Archaeology Research Library - in the Lost Towns Project archaeology lab

  • Historic and Prehistoric Archaeology

  • Material culture identification and interpretation, including artifacts made of ceramics, glass, metal, and bone

  • Conservation and care of artifacts

  • Decorative arts

  • Museum practices

  • Themes discussed in Discover London Town!, a permanent exhibit housed in the visitor center adjacent to the lab, including maritime history, transportation, African-American heritage, slavery, taverns, foodways, and horticulture.

Historic Preservation Research Library - This collection is at Cultural Resources Division of the Office of Planning and Zoning, Anne Arundel County Government, 2664 Riva Rd., 4th Floor, Annapolis, MD. (Call 410-222-7440 to make an appointment.)

  • Historic preservation

  • Architectural history

  • Research on the Colonial period through 20th century

  • Genealogical resources

  • A full set of "Maryland Historical Magazine" from 1908 to the present

  • Town planning and settlement

  • Indentured servitude

  • Cartography

  • The Planning and Zoning Location will also house site files and documentation on the county's historic buildings, heritage sites, archaeological resources, cemeteries, along with historic maps of the county and surrounding region.

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