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blog-gibson-lodging-whitehallOn October 9, 2016, Historic Annapolis will be offering tours of the colonial mansion of Horatio Sharpe, a provincial governor of Maryland from 1753 to 1768.  Built in 1764, the home was the residence of Governor Sharpe until he left for England in 1773. Whitehall is considered one of the most elegant mansions in the country.

History

Construction of the Whitehall plantation house began in 1764, when Maryland was a colony of Great Britain. The mansion is located about 7.5 miles to the east of historic Annapolis on a peninsula between Whitehall Creek and Meredith Creek and opposite from Sharpe’s Point on a branch of the Chesapeake Bay. It was built by Horatio Sharpe for his intended bride, Mary Ogle. Unfortunately, she married his secretary and close friend, John Ridout instead.

Sharpe left Maryland for England in 1773 to attend to family matters. The outbreak of the American Revolution prevented his return, and so he asked Ridout to sell Whitehall on his behalf. Benjamin Ogle bought the house, but he resold it to Ridout for the same price only two days later. Whitehall was owned by the Ridout family for 116 years. Charles Scarlett, Jr. restored Whitehall in the early 20th century to its 1787 appearance, and the house has been preserved in that manner since.

Whitehall was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960, and it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1966.

Description

As described by Wikipedia, “Whitehall is an unusually long one-story five-part Flemish bond brick building, about 200 feet (61 m) in length, with a two-story elevation on the north side. It was designed by Joseph Horatio Anderson, who designed the third (and present) Maryland State House…

A second floor was added by John Ridout in 1793, with bedrooms directly above the drawing rooms in the main pavilion, with a gabled roof whose ridge coincided with the portico roof. The second story was removed during the comprehensive restoration that began in the 1950s under Charles Scarlett, Jr.”

Tour Details

  • Date: October 9, 2016
  • Location: Whitehall Mansion, 1915 Whitehall Rd, Annapolis, MD 21409
  • Time: 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm (running every half hour)
  • Cost is $20 for general admission.  Click Here to REGISTER
  • A B&B Near the Mansion

The Whitehall Mansion is a short 15-minute drive away from Gibson’s Lodgings, a historic inn located in downtown Annapolis. Call us to reserve your bed & breakfast room at our toll free number 877-330-0057. We’ll be very happy to serve you and your family throughout the year.

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