What: You’re invited to join the Maryland Historical Society for a rare look at Wye House, one of the largest and most well-documented plantations in Maryland, located in Talbot County on the Eastern Shore.
Did you know? Abolitionist leader and author Frederick Douglass lived at Wye House during his childhood and described events at the plantation in his autobiographies.
However, in recent years archaeological diggings on the property by The University of Maryland have provided an important new perspective on the lives of African Americans who lived here.
Nearby Wye House is an Orangery, where oranges, lemons, and medicinal herbs were grown. The National Trust for Historic Preservation believes it to be the only surviving 18th Century greenhouse in North America.
A luncheon and wine reception will take place on the outdoor patio at Wye House. The plantation is a 90-minute trip from the Maryland Historical Society, and participants will be traveling there in comfort on MHSs’ very own luxury bus.
Participants will take an exclusive tour of Wye House and the Orangery, following lunch, the trip will continue with a visit to Easton's Academy Art Museum.
Did you know? In August, Easton's Academy Art Museum opened a new exhibition titled Joint Heritage at Wye House. This major interpretive exhibition draws on archaeological evidence from the slave quarters and the Orangery at Wye House. The curator-led tour will focus on the culture made by Africans and African Americans, featuring archival sources, artwork, books, household objects, recipe collections and maps.
Who: Open to general public for the cost of $150 per person.
When: Saturday, October 5, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: The meet-up is 9 a.m. at The Maryland Historical Society, 201 W Monument Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
FYI: Tickets can be purchased securely online by clicking here or by calling 410.685.3750 x377.
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