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Must visit to appreciate colonial Maryland history
Jan 09, 2014 by: LIbbewdc from Annapolis, Maryland
Well kept and presented history of one of the earliest settlements in Maryland, preceding the capitol in Annapolis. By water, a tour from the south of the West River, here on the South River, north to Annapolis and Maryland make for a wonderful 3 day weekend boat and learn adventure. Ongoing archaelogy of what is referred to as a "lost town of Maryland". There are several from the mid to late 1600s along the rivers and creeks in Anne Arundel and Prince George's Counties. London Town offers period architecture, acres of marvelous landscaping and gardens (including spring sales of heritage plants introduced and raised in the 1600s), traditional colonial music, and extremely knowledgeable docents in the Publick House. it is a wonderful location for special events and meetings, great lawn overlooking the South River. And if you don't quench your thirst for history here, cross the river, head on up to Annapolis and learn more at the state Archives.
"Interesting historic site in a beautiful setting"
Nov 26, 2013 by: Kimberly L from Edgewater
If you enjoy learning about history or even simply meandering through a beautiful setting, this is worth the trip. The historic house on the property is a great place to start, and on days when they're having special events at the site, period costumed people are in each room sharing the history of the place in full character of those who lived there at one time. Reconstructed outbuildings and an archaeological site are included in the tour. You can learn even more in the visitor's center by checking out the exhibits which have been recently added. The property is surrounded by water including the South River and thriving with beautiful trees, flowers and such in season. You can wander through pathways or find a peaceful spot to sit on a bench and relax, taking in the natural beauty and serenity. The staff is friendly and happy to answer questions and share interesting information about the place and its history. There is a fee to get in. If you live nearby, it's worthwhile to become a member for a small annual fee, like I did. Then you can enjoy all that there is to offer as often as you'd like year round without be charged an admittance fee and at the same time be supporting the maintenance of an important piece of Maryland history. Added perk; I found out that my membership will allow me to tour Winterthur historic site in Wilmington, DE for free...there may be other historic sites included. I will have to do more research to figure this out. In the meantime, check out Hisotric London Town and Gardens for a rich experience in Maryland history.
Trip into the past
Nov 26, 2013 by: 8Kent from Edgewater, Maryland, United States
Londontown public house is a treasure from the past well worth visiting. It is a view into the 1600's of the actual structures and interpretation of use. It is right on the water and has a collection of beautiful gardens.
More than just a historic site
Nov 25, 2013 by: JSMSEscape from Maryland
I live around the corner from this site and honestly don't visit it often enough. The site has a very interesting history. After visiting it changed my whole view of the South River and a historic deep water trade route. The gardens are beautiful and there is a great summer concert series where you can enjoy great music AND the grounds.
Dedicated historians have made a difference!
Nov 05, 2013 by: An0nym0us1150 from Annapolis, Maryland
I live not far from here. For the last 10 years or so, I have watched the progress of this site. So much Maryland [and National] history is here, that I am surprised that it doesn't get more attention. A new interpretive and visitor center was built a few years ago. Many very dedicated volunteers work in the gardens as well as the historic site to uncover important secrets. They have a great Junior Docent program that encourages young people to become involved in historic sites. Several programs are available for home-schooled students (too many?), as well as other programs for teachers to bring their students from public and private local schools. When I was a girl scout leader, we took our girls here for a tour. I think they could come up with many more public events than the 'standard' musket-firings and plant sales for the general public.. Historic Annapolis is clearly better supported by it's neighbors, and better programs are available for the traveling public there. I hope that the State of Maryland will recognize this gem on the South River and encourage the efforts of the Anne Arundel County volunteers who keep the place alive and have pushed it to become a serious tourist destination for people interested in history. PLEASE support Historic London Town and don't let it disappear again!
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