Historic Annapolis to Give Tours of Whitehall Plantation
Date: May 26, 2016
After years of being kept private, the historic Whitehall Plantation will open its doors to visitors beginning this July. Historic Annapolis will be providing tours for guests on the second Sunday of each month from July to October. The tours will run every half hour beginning at 12pm, and concluding with the last tour at 4:30pm.
Whitehall was built in 1764 for Horatio Sharpe, a provincial governor of Maryland. Governor Sharpe intended to use the house for entertaining guests, but ultimately did not get much use out of the mansion as he was forced to flee to England at the start of the Revolutionary War. After Sharpe left Maryland, his acquaintance John Ridout purchased the 115-acre estate. Whitehall remained in the Ridout family for over a century, before being purchased by Charles Scarlett in 1946.
After purchasing the property, Scarlett worked tirelessly to restore Whitehall to its original 18th-century glory, even going as far as to match the original paint colors and wallpapers. Today, the mansion is restored to it’s 18th century glory, complete with original handmade carvings on the ceilings and elegant antiques on display throughout the home.
“We’re just thrilled to be able to share this architectural gem. It’s incredible inside,” says Lisa Robbins, Vice President of Education and Interpretation. “Visitors to the property are amazed by the vast rolling hills and the beautiful collections of Charles Scarlett. Whitehall is truly a unique and special property.” This is an exciting opportunity for anyone who appreciates history, architecture, or who has ever wondered what lingers behind the Whitehall Plantations front gates.
The first tours will be given on July 10th, 2016, and will continue on August 14th, September 11th, and October 9th. Admission is $20 per person. On September 11th, the Ridout Family Cemetery will also be open to the public with tours and genealogical research available. Access to the cemetery will be included in admission that day, however, if you would like to come just for the cemetery, the cost is only $10. Tickets are available at www.annapolis.org or 410.267.7619.
About Historic Annapolis:
Established in 1952, Historic Annapolis is the leading nonprofit preservation and history organization in Annapolis, Maryland. Our mission is to Preserve and Protect the historic places, objects, and stories of Maryland’s capital city, and provide engaging experiences that Connect people to the area’s diverse heritage. For more information or to get involved with Historic Annapolis, visit www.annapolis.org.