Grand opening of Carroll House begins tonight ANNE ARUNDEL DIVERSIONS


The Charles Carroll House in Annapolis is celebrating its grand opening this weekend with free tours, wine tastings and music.

After nine years of work, the restoration of the house has been completed. The house is the birthplace and urban dwelling of Charles Carroll of Carrollton (1737-1821), the only Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Festivities include Charles Carroll's Candlelight Housewarming: A Preview Opening from 6 to 9 tonight. Meet the historical characters of Charles Carroll, his family and friends. Enjoy 18th century food and music while previewing the interior restoration. Tickets and reservations are required.

From noon to 4 p.m. tomorrow, enjoy the home's Grand Opening Celebration.

Take a tour of the house, meet Charles Carroll and his family, participate in a wine tasting and visit the Providence, a Continental Sloop of War. Admission is free.

On Sunday, another open house is planned from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

After this weekend, the house will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Admission will be $4 for adults, $3.50 for seniors and $2 for students.

The house is at 107 Duke of Gloucester St. behind St. Mary's Church.

Information: 269-1737.

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