Fall Events This Week: October 17-October 23

Oct 17 2022

Fall Events This Week: October 17-October 23

This Fall, we are celebrating heritage throughout the Chesapeake Crossroads Heritage Area! Read on to see what is happening this week.

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Special Tour – Spirits of the Past: Disease, Death, and Mourning

  • Date: Monday, October 17
  • Time: 3:30-4:30 pm
  • Location: William Paca House and Garden,186 Prince George Street, Annapolis
  • Host Organization: Historic Annapolis

During the month of October, join Historic Annapolis for this spirited seasonal tour of the William Paca House highlighting sickness, treatments, and mourning rituals of the past. You’ll be guided through the historic home on a special tour focusing on the treatment of diseases, the medical practices of the women of the era, the contributions of the enslaved, the local physicians, and the mourning rituals for their dearly departed. The tour continues in the physic garden to learn about the medicinal plants and their use during the 18th century and beyond. At the end of the tour, try a cup of sage tea and take home a recipe or two!

Due to its content, this tour is only recommended for ages 16+. Advance registration recommended, space is limited. Cost: $15 General Admission; $12 for HA Members and Volunteers

Lecture – “Cleave America, Patriot Flames 1774”: The Fate of the Brigantine Peggy Stewart and Those Whose Lives She Touched

  • Date: Tuesday, October 18
  • Time: 3:30 pm
  • Location: William Paca House and Garden,186 Prince George Street, Annapolis
  • Host Organization: Historic Annapolis

The ship, the brigantine Peggy Stewart, sailed into infamy in 1774, a year when a sea of turbulence was in the colony of Maryland and especially here in Annapolis. Learn about this infamous Brigantine with author Dan E. Hobbs. His research and narrative of pre-Revolutionary history shares the turmoil found up and down the Atlantic Coast preceding and following the Tea Party in Boston. His novel seeks to share the American story when our political cleave, or division, led to dreadful violence, but ultimately to a cleave, a clinging together, and eventually the birth of a United States of America.

Mr. Hobbs explores this division in his book presentation, Cleave America, Patriot Flames 1774: The Fate of the Brigantine Peggy Stewart and those Whose Lives She Touched, by creating a story about ordinary folks – farmers, merchants, seamen, and laborers – who were pulled and pushed by the tides and winds of social change. Join HA on the outdoor terrace of the William Paca House for this presentation, which will be followed by a Q&A and book signing.

Limited quantities of the book will be available for purchase. If you have a pre-purchased book, you are welcome to bring it with you for signing! Cost: $15 General Admission; $10 for HA Members and Docents

Hidden Maryland: Halloween Presentation

Presenter: Rachel Frazier, Search Room Coordinator

Get into the Halloween spirit exploring archival records that reveal some of the forgotten sides of Maryland’s history, from mysterious woods and crumbling ruins, to obscure remedies and strange stories. This event is free to attend.

Jane Austen Tour

  • Date: Wednesday, October 19
  • Time: 2:00-3:30 pm
  • Location: Hammond-Harwood House, 19 Maryland Ave, Annapolis
  • Host Organization: Hammond-Harwood House

Participants will enjoy a 90-minute guided tour of the house that compares the customs and social graces of the Loockerman family, who lived in the Hammond-Harwood House in the early 19th century, with those of characters in Jane Austen novels.

Make it extra special with Tea and a Tour! Hammond- Harwood House is proud to partner with Reynold’s Tavern of Annapolis. Reynold’s Taverns offers an extensive afternoon tea menu – a perfect pairing to enjoy before or after the Jane Austen Tour. Tours and tea are booked separately. Price: $12, Members: Free.

Historic Hauntings Ghost Tours

  • Date: Thursday, October 20 – Friday, October 21 – Saturday, October 22
  • Time: 7:30-9:10 pm
  • Location: Meet at the Market House Park, 25 Market Space, Annapolis
  • Host Organization: Historic Annapolis

Looking for ghost tours in Maryland? On Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays during the month of October, Annapolis Tours by Watermark is partnering with Historic Annapolis to offer Special Historic Hauntings.

Your spirited guide will lead you through the dark alleys, spooky side streets, and lesser-known haunted sites of the old and creaky town of Annapolis. Hear from real diary entries and newspaper articles of what frightened early 18th century folks. Also included is a stop inside historic Hogshead, where you will be immersed in the tales of those living in Annapolis during the Revolutionary War. Listen to stories of spirits that linger in the mist, and explore one of Annapolis’ best-known cemeteries. Special Historic Hauntings takes you back to a time of superstition and legend. And who knows, after a trip inside Hogshead, your own story may be added to the history of Annapolis!

Cost: Adults, $26; Children (3-11), $15; Infants (2 and under), Free. Historic Hauntings is presented in partnership with Watermark.

Contact us at [email protected] if you have a Fall Heritage event. As always, be sure to check the Chesapeake Crossroads Heritage Area Events Calendar for the latest updates.