Historic London Town and Gardens
Edgewater, MD
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

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Brief Description:

Historic London Town and Gardens is a 23-acre park located on the South River in Edgewater, MD. The site includes part of the late 17th and early 18th century town of London, which is currently begin excavated by archaeologists from the Lost Towns Project. It is the state's largest archaeologoical dig.

London Town was an early Chesapeake Bay port, which subsequently diminished in size as nearby Annapolis developed into the Maryland capital.

London Town also features the William Brown House, a National Historic Landmark house museum; an eight-acre woodland garden; and the Richard Hill Garden of native and imported medicinal plants. We also have the African-American Foodways, and Colonial Kitchen Garden next to the Lord Mayor Tenement, an authentic reconstruction of a c.1700 house.

Location / Directions: Historic London Town and Garden is located on the South River in Edgewater, Md.

From points north: Take U.S. Route 50/MD Route 301 to Route 665 (exit 22, Aris T. Allen Blvd.). Stay in the right lane, and exit onto Route 2 South (Solomon’s Island Road). Go over the South River Bridge. Continue 0.6 miles, and turn left at the 3rd traffic light onto Mayo Road. Go about 0.8 miles, and turn left at the 2nd traffic light onto Londontown Road. Go about 1 mile to the end of the road.

From southern Maryland: Take Route 2 North, and turn right onto Route 214. Take the second left onto Stepney Lane. Continue straight through the intersection of Mayo Road onto Londontown Road. Drive to the end of the road.

Driving Directions
Address: Historic London Town and Gardens
839 Londontown Road
Edgewater, MD 21037
Visitor Phone: (410) 222-1919
E-mail: londontown@historiclondontown.com

Historic London Town offers specialized tours and educational programs for students grade 4 - higher. Adult visitors also can learn from tours by trained docents, lectures, and workshops.

In May, July and September London Town conducts public archaeology dig days. The site also sponsors workshops and classes in Maryland history, archaeology, historic horticulture, and cultural and performing arts.

Historic London Town also rents its facilities for meetings and special occasions. The site can accommodate as many as 125 with the use of a 40' x 40' tent.

Boat Access Educational Programs Tours / Walking Tours

Operating Hours:

Historic London Town and Garden is open:

- Tuesday to Saturday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
- Sunday 12 noon - 3 pm.
- Closed Mondays and Major holidays


Docent-led tours of the William Brown House, a National Historic Landmark c. 1760 Georgian brick home and tavern including and acoustiguide site walking tour. Offered on the hour beginning at 10 a.m. last tour at 3 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. Sunday 12 noon to 3 p.m. Admission is $4.00 for house only; $7.00/ $5.00 for Seniors/ children under 7 free full site tour; acoustiguide only $4.00.

Visitor Facilities: Historic London Town and Gardens features a visitor center, an enclosed glass pavilion with a wraparound deck, a river deck overlooking the water, a pier (private use only), and lawn tent for events.
Size: 23 acres
Accessibility: London Town is not very handicapped accessible. Stairs lead into the William Brown House, and most paths are covered by mulch or gravel. The visitor center is handicapped accessible.
Website: http://www.historiclondontown.com

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