Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Garden Party, Paca House and Gardens in Historic Annapolis, 8 October 2023


     This was the third year for the Garden Party of the Annapolis Living Historians.  I lead a group of amazing interpreters who are some of the best dressed on the East Coast.  We are highly researched of the Paca family, friends, and colleagues within Annapolis in the time. We interpret from their perspective, and what they would have known based upon letters, diaries, the Maryland Gazette newspaper, and other sources describing their social, political, and economic time of their lives. 


     We are currently looking for new members that enjoy interpreting in first person, and has the clothing in which to pull it off!  Not all of our members were able to make it to the garden party this year.  If interested, email me at

     One of our favorite things is to do is make (or purchase) foods that are as true to the 18th century receipt as we can make/get, and presented in the proper way.  We had a host of made dishes, desserts, cheese, bread, and a lot of drinks to partake in!  This is our event to socialize with each other as we are usually in separate rooms in the house interpreting.  This allows us to get to know each other better so that our interpretation is as seamless as possible.  We are also there to interact with visitors.

     Many thanks to Ken Tom on behalf of Historic Annapolis for the amazing photos of us and our table.  The blogger editor isn't always cooperative, so I have not put captions on the below photos.  The foods you see are scotch eggs, dried fruits, cream puffs, bread that was baked the day prior at Scotchtown, butter, fig jam, coriander biscuits, bread pudding, chicken, and small spinach and egg puddings, and cheese.