Two historic sites in Anne Arundel County, the Hammond-Harwood house in Annapolis and the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse, will each receive state-funded grants of $100,000 to help with preservation efforts.
Gov. Larry Hogan announced the grants Tuesday, and officials said it’s the first time in nearly a decade that the Maryland Historical Trust’s capital grants have been fully funded.
In 2017, the General Assembly passed legislation to request more money for preservation from the governor. In a statement, Hogan said his administration was happy to restore funding to the program, citing the need to preserve historic architecture across the state.
The Hammond-Harwood house will get $100,000 toward restoration of the building’s ceilings and glass windows, many of which date back to the home’s construction in 1774, said the house’s executive director, Barbara Goyette.
“A house that was built in 1774 needs constant attention in terms of the conservation,” she said.
Preservation, she said, is a costly enterprise, but a worthy one — particularly given the importance of the area’s history in local tourism. The Annapolis mansion has attracted visitors since the time of Thomas Jefferson, who copied the semi-octagonal shape of the wings while building Monticello.
“So many visitors come to town not just to see the Naval Academy but the restored historic homes and the beautiful streets and brick sidewalks and the whole kind of atmosphere of the historic district,” Goyette said.
Behind the scenes of the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse, there's small group of retired Annapolitans who care for the lighthouse. They restore and preserve to make sure the hexagonal, wooden house in the middle of the bay is there as long as possible.
The Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse stands at the confluence of the South River and the Chesapeake Bay. The distinctive lighthouse recently underwent an 11-year, $500,000 restoration, and will now receive $100,000 toward repair of its exterior steel and iron foundation. The lighthouse is a National Historic Landmark.
Five other sites in the state received the Historic Preservation Capital Grants through the Maryland Historical Trust. The group received 70 applications for $600,000 in grant money.