- The Maryland State House, our nation's oldest, continuously-used for legislation, state capitol building. The old senate chamber looks much as it did when George Washington resigned his commission as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army in 1783.
- Saint Anne's Parish, a house of worship, built in 1859. The Tiffany-designed window was donated in 1893. A communion silver set from 1696 is still in use today. The adjacent burial grounds date from 1695 to 1790.
- The Hammond-Harwood House, 1774, is known for having the most beautiful doorway in Colonial America. William Buckland's last project, this house contains an outstanding collection of John Shaw furniture and Charles Willson Peale paintings.
- The Chase-Lloyd House was begun in 1769 by Samuel Chase and finished by Edward Lloyd IV, who employed assistance from Mr. Buckland. A spectacular Palladian window overlooks the floating hallway staircase.
- The Paca House Gardens, a restored two-acre pleasure garden, includes a fishpond with a bridge and a two-story summer house. The five-part mansion & gardens were built 1763-65 by Governor William Paca.
- Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?
- Tickets should be purchased in advance as our tours may sell out. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please book well in advance.
- What happened to Historic District 201?
- This is the tour formerly known as Historic District 201. It now has a new name as grand as the houses it represents!
- Can we take photos during the tour?
- Photos can be taken everywhere on the tour with the exception of the colonial kitchen in the Hammond-Harwood House. This restriction is requested by the curator of the historic home involved.
- What if it rains or the weather is inclement?
- The tour is held rain or shine. But don’t worry! Some of our best tours have taken place in less-that-perfect weather!
- How much walking is involved? Is it a fast-paced tour?
- We will be on our feet for the entire tour, walking at a casual pace.
- Are there restrooms available on the tour?
- Restrooms are available at the tour starting location and again at the State House, about an hour into the tour. Our exact meeting location will be provided after your ticket purchase.
- What type of ticket should I purchase for a young child?
- Children under the age of 3 can participate in the tour for free. Children 3 or older must have a regular ticket.
- I'm an Annapolis local - will I enjoy this tour?
- Yes! Our tour guides share stories about Historic Annapolis that few natives have heard. You also have a chance to go inside some of the oldest and most famous buildings in Annapolis.
- Can I buy food or drinks along the way? What about souvenirs?
- Our tour is structured so that we can visit many Annapolis landmarks in the allotted time. This leaves very little time for any other stops.
- Is the tour wheelchair- and/or stroller-accessible?
- Yes, for the most part. The State House can be entered from the lower level where there is use of an elevator to go to main floor. The colonial kitchen involves 3 stairs which present no problem for strollers. Wheelchair participants usually find that they can see and hear amply from the doorway of the colonial kitchen.
- How long is the tour?
- The tour generally lasts 1-3/4 hours, but occasionally it will last up to 2 hours depending on how many questions are asked or if there are delays going through security at the State House that day.
- May I bring my dog on the tour?
- No. While we adore pets, we will visit the interiors of some government and historic buildings that do not allow them.
- Are the tours conducted in English only?
- Yes, the tours are only conducted in English. However, our non-English speaking guests will still enjoy the historic sights and interiors of legendary American houses. You can also arrange a private tour conducted in Spanish or German.
- Can I book a private tour?
- Yes, private tours are available. Most groups, however, decide to attend the public tour for two reasons. First, it is usually significantly less expensive. Second, part of the fun of the tours is interacting with all the other participants who take the public tour. We always maintain a ratio of 12 - 15 guests per tour guide. If you are interested in more information on private tours, click “Contact CapCityCol” to the left of the page.
- Are gift certificates available?
- Yes, we do offer gift certificates. For purchase and more information, please click “Contact CapCityCol” to the left of the page.
- Non-refundable, cannot be rescheduled.
- Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded and cannot be rescheduled because your space is being guaranteed at the event.
- Activity takes place rain or shine.
- The activity runs regardless of weather conditions. In the rare situation where the seller is forced to cancel the event, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule to another time (subject to availability).
- All tour participants must bring proper ID.
- Tour participants age 16 or over must bring sufficient ID to enter through the security checkpoint of the Maryland State House. Do not bring anything with you that would not pass through an aiport security screening.
Capital City Colonials
We want your experience to be great, so we limit all of our tours to no more than 12 to 15 guests per guide.
Our photogenic senior guide, David Smith, is a past recipient of the Hospitality Person of the Year award, presented by the Maryland Tourism Council.