Tour offers peek inside historic sites Houses, yachts in holiday exhibit

The Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Conference & Visitor' Bureau will offer the opportunity to snoop in some of the finest closets in Annapolis on Saturday during the annual holiday house and yacht tour.

This year's tour features 13 sites, most of which will be on exhibit for the first time. The tour includes the Maryland state yacht, one of the two oldest houses in Annapolis and a 2,400-square-foot residence billed as the largest apartment in the city.


"These are not huge houses," said Herman Schieke, director of the visitors' bureau. "These are houses regular people live in."

But not quite.


For example, the tour includes two bed-and-breakfasts, the Banneker-Douglass Museum of African American History and Culture, several yachts that will be berthed at the City Dock and the Barracks, a former artisan house that now depicts a Revolutionary War army barracks.

Two stops -- the Barracks, 43 Pinkney St., and the Shiplap House Museum, 18 Pinkney St. -- will have actors in period costumes.

Other stops on the tour include:

* The Jonas Green House Bed & Breakfast, dating from 1690, and one of the oldest houses in Annapolis.

* The Anne Arundel, a 58-foot entertainment vessel, originally built in 1959 as a large-party fishing boat.

* The Lady Anna, a 60-foot motor charter yacht.

* Rock's Choice, a 43-foot luxury motor yacht.

* The Century, a plush sailing yacht.


* Flag House Inn, a circa 1858 bed-and-breakfast, at 26 Randall St.

* The Samuel Hutton House, circa 1783, at 30 Cornhill St.

* The large apartment of Joyce Kaminkov and Larry Vincent, above the Annapolis Country Store, 53 Maryland Ave.

* The Annapolis Federal home of Robert and Rosemary Fisher, 250 Prince George St.

All of the yachts and houses will be decorated with holiday trimmings, and many will serve refreshments.

Last year's tour attracted more than 200 people, and Mr. Schieke said more than 300 are expected this year if the weather is good.


Although other walking tours are available in the city, this tour rTC attempts to show yachts and residences that the public otherwise wouldn't see, Mr. Schieke said.

"People are nosy," he said. "They want to see what someone's house looks like."

The cost is $10 in advance and $12 the day of the tour. Tickets may be purchased at the visitors' bureau at 1 Annapolis St., at the Maryland Inn, Loews Annapolis Hotel and the Polo Ralph Lauren Shop.