Annapolis Things to Do: Most Beautiful Historical Buildings

In Annapolis, things to do are often historical in nature, with good reason. When you're looking for the perfect Annapolis Inn, you're sure to discover buildings with a bit of history. While Annapolis has many historic buildings, only a few can lay claim to being both historic and beautiful. Here are BBonline's top picks:

William Paca House & Garden
186 Prince George St
Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 267-7619
www.annapolis.org/index.asp?pageid=49

This 18th century Georgian mansion was once owned and lived in by William Paca, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. The house itself was set for demolition, but has been lovingly restored by the Historical Annapolis Foundation and its volunteers. The rooms now contain period furniture and decor, and even the gardens are filled with flowers that would have grown in the 1700s. The garden also contains a small pond and bridge, as well as many walkways that can be explored at your leisure before returning to your Annapolis Bed and Breakfast.

Regular tours begin at the end of March and run Monday through Saturday from 10:00 to 17:00 and Sunday from 12:00 to 17:00. Cost for both the house and garden is $8 for adults and $5 for children. Tickets for the garden only cost $5 each. To schedule a group tour or to ask about holding your wedding or event on the premises, call (410) 990-4528.

Chase-Lloyd House
22 Maryland Ave
Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 263-2723
www.nps.gov/history/history/online_books/declaration/site13.htm

This villa-style home was constructed in 1769 and is now used as a retired women's home. However, the first floor is still open to tourists, and its opulent interior certainly is high on most visitors' "Annapolis Things To Do" lists. The furnishings within the home were once owned and used by the Chase and Lloyd families that resided there. The elaborate columns, ornaments and even the Italian marble mantelpiece in the dining room are all exquisitely crafted and lovingly maintained.

Open from March through December, Tuesday through Saturday from 14:00 to 16:00. Cost is $2 for adults and free for children under 6.

Hammond-Harwood House
19 Maryland Ave
Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 263-4683
www.hammondharwoodhouse.org

Built in 1774, Hammond-Harwood House is a beautiful example of colonial American architecture. The building itself contains a large, central building with two smaller wings attached at either end. The simple red brick facade and shutterless windows bely the elegance within the stately home. With high ceilings, opulent furniture, gilded fabrics and a fireplace in most every room, Hammond-Harwood House is a delight to the senses. The new architectural tour will allow enthusiasts to get a more detailed view of the house. Dial (410) 263-4683x10 to schedule the two-hour tour at a cost of $15.

Regular tours run from April through October, Tuesday through Sunday from 12:00 to 17:00. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children. Tours can be arranged at any other time throughout the year by calling (410) 263-4683x10.

Your list of Annapolis things to do can begin with your Bed and Breakfast, including viewing original furnishings and even exploring the Underground Railroad that goes through a few of the older buildings in Annapolis. But if you're looking for a bit of history with a beautiful background, be sure to visit these three historic sites.