The wedding of Gov. Larry Hogan's stepdaughter this weekend might be one of the largest parties thrown at the historic governor's mansion in decades, but Maryland's governors have hosted high-profile and extravagant affairs for centuries.
Mark Twain visited the mansion. So have Queen Elizabeth and several sitting presidents. One of Maryland's earliest governors threw so many huge, raucous parties between 1782 and 1785 that the events earned their own nickname — governor's routs — and inspired poetry, such as this stanza by Charles County lawyer and party guest Gephenial Turner:
The liquor at length getting into their heads,
They though[t] it high time to...