Restoring a popular annual Annapolis tradition, the Hammond-Harwood House Secret Garden Tour will return for its 20th year after being cancelled last year. This beloved event will be held on June 5, 2021 and allows visitors to enter the gates of beautiful private gardens located in the Historic Annapolis District.

There are mansions between City Dock and Spa Creek that are architectural treasures from Annapolis’ colonial times. You will also find stately homes from the Victorian era and the 20th century. The gardens range from being quite small to shockingly large and in all cases the grounds are beautifully tended. You’ll be getting a very private tour as these gardens usually cannot be seen from the sidewalk.

The proceeds raised by the Secret Garden Tour will benefit the 1774 Hammond-Harwood House and its museum, which houses a superb collection of paintings, decorative art, and furniture.


A remarkable example of 18th Century architecture, the Hammond-Harwood House is considered as having the “Most Beautiful Doorway in America.” Constructed in 1774 for Mathias Hammond, a wealthy farmer, the townhome was the final project of William Buckland, who was a renowned architect during the Colonial period. The house was designated a National Historic Landmark on October 9, 1960.

The Hammond-Harwood House is precious because it is the only remaining work of colonial academic architecture principally inspired by Andrea Palladio’s I Quattro Libri dell’Architettura (The Four Books of Architecture) that was published in 1570. The ongoing maintenance and restoration of the structure is proof of Historic Annapolis’ commitment to preserving the city’s history and heritage.

Event Details

Location: Hammond-Harwood House

Date: Saturday, June 5, 2021

Time: 12:00 Noon

Address: 19 Maryland Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21401

For More Information & Tickets: Secret Garden Tour 2021

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