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Virtual Lecture - Gardens and Gardening in Early Annapolis

Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Location: Zoom Virtual Lecture

Time: 7 pm

The William Paca House is famous for its reconstructed eighteenth-century garden. A place for leisure, experimentation, artistry, and the production of food and medicine, DSCN0891-croppedWilliam Paca’s garden—and gardens elsewhere in Annapolis and the British Atlantic World—were integral to everyday life. Join Bethany McGlyn as she explores several eighteenth-century Annapolis gardens, their construction and design, and the stories of the enslaved and servant gardeners whose expertise maintained them.

Registration required.

Cost: $15 per household for General Admission; $10 per household for HA Members and Volunteers


This lecture will be offered virtually by Zoom, an online video conferencing platform. Upon registration, you will be sent the link for the video conference to join on the evening of the lecture. If you do not receive your confirmation email after you register, please check your Spam folder, or email Carolyn Currin at To learn more about Zoom and to download the app to your computer, visit the Zoom website.

About our Presenter: Bethany J. McGlyn is a historian and curator who specializes in labor, landscape, and material culture in the early American South. She recently received her M.A. from the University of Delaware and the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture. Her M.A. thesis, “Who Built the City on the Severn? Slavery, Material Culture, and Landscapes of Labor in early Annapolis,” foregrounds the lives of enslaved artisans and documents their work throughout the city. Prior to her M.A., Bethany studied history and art history at Towson University where she graduated with the Sander Senior Prize in History. She has lectured and presented research on topics from the material culture of the English abolitionist movement to Maryland backcountry furniture, and has received grants, awards, and fellowships from Winterthur, the Decorative Arts Trust, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Vernacular Architecture Forum, and the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts. Bethany began her career in curatorial departments at Historic Annapolis and Hampton National Historic Site and currently works as the Sewell C. Biggs Curatorial Fellow at Winterthur.


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