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Properties and projects helped by the Maryland House & Garden Pilgrimage tours:


The purpose of the Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage has remained constant throughout its existence. The organization was formed in 1930 as a committee of the Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland. Now a separate non-profit corporation its primary purpose was then and continues to be the preservation and restoration of architecturally and historically significant properties in the State of Maryland as well as the education of the public regarding the history and significance of these properties. Each year the participating counties choose a historic preservation project to receive the funds raised by their tour. For many years the organization was partnered with the Hammond-Harwood House in Annapolis to aid in the preservation of this historic house. This structure was preserved by the Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland, beginning with the purchase of the building in 1940. Over the years the MHGP has partnered with many local garden clubs, historical societies, women's clubs and other local groups to aid in the preservation of projects all over the state of Maryland.

Among the many past beneficiaries of the Pilgrimage are:

(underlined locations are links to external websites)

The Hammond-Harwood House in Annapolis

The Chapel of the Incarnation in Brandywine
Historic London Town and Garden’s Entryway Project in Edgewater
Talbot County Historical Society Garden in Easton
Friends of Mount Harmon in Earleville
Newtowne Manor House in Leonardtown

Third Haven Meeting House in Easton
Mount Clare Mansion in Baltimore City

Historic Tudor Hall in St. Mary’s County
The Patapsco Female Institute in Howard County
Historic Riversdale in Prince George’s County
Old St. Martin’s Church (1756) in Worcester County
The Littleton Long House in Somerset County
Historic Hancock’s Resolution in Anne Arundel County
Town Park in Chestertown, Kent County
Historic Christ Church in Charles County

The Calvert County Historical Society
Sotterley in St. Mary’s County
Historic Hampton Mansion in Baltimore County
The Charles Carroll House in Annapolis
Francis Scott Key Memorial Sculpture in Baltimore City
Tucker House and Wright’s Chance in Queen Anne’s County
The Little Red Schoolhouse in Talbot County
Homewood Museum in Baltimore City
The Sykesville Schoolhouse (1903) in Carroll County
Kent Island Heritage Society for Kirwan House
Historical Society's Meredith House in Dorchester County
Historic Oella in Baltimore County
Friendship House garden in Charles County
Maryland Veteran’s Museum in Charles County
Restore Handsell--The Nanticoke Historic Preservation Alliance
Mount Vernon Place in Baltimore City
The Scotland A.M.E. Zion Church in Montgomery County
Woman's Club of Roland Park in Baltimore City
Sherwood Gardens in Baltimore City

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts

Federal Hill Park in Baltimore

The Brick Chapel at St. Mary Catholic Church, Newport

Main Street Middletown Welcome Center, Middletown, MD










Talbot County and the Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage have had a long and special connection.  Every two years the Talbot Garden Club hosts a tour in partnership with the MHGP.  Here is a page about this relationship on the Talbot Garden Club website

Sotterley, a past recipient of funds from a St. Mary's County tour, has a wonderful video showing the history of the only Maryland tidewater plantation which is open to the public. Here's the link

The Pilgrimage is proud of its heritage and of the organizations it has helped to support.

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