A National Historic Landmark on the Charles Village campus of the Johns Hopkins University, Homewood Museum is one of the nation’s best-surviving examples of Federal-period Palladian architecture. The house was built in 1801 for newlyweds Charles and Harriet Carroll as a gift from the bridegroom’s father, Charles Carroll of Carrollton, one of four Maryland signers of the Declaration of Independence. During the first quarter of the 19th century, The Carrolls, their six children, and at least 25 enslaved individuals, including the Ross and Conner families, lived at Homewood. After the Carroll family sold the property in 1838, Homewood was used in various capacities. Over its long life, it has been a private residence, a school, a university faculty club, an administration building, and a museum. With each of its varied usages, Homewood has accumulated histories that speak to the development of the American republic, the city of Baltimore, and the Johns Hopkins University. Today, Homewood Museum is furnished to its original 19th-century grandeur with a world-renowned collection of decorative arts, meticulously preserved architecture, and historically accurate painted finishes and carpets. It is open Tuesday through Sunday for guided tours that detail the histories its former inhabitants, both free and enslaved.
Private events at Homewood may be held in the beautiful Reception Hall on the first floor, which was designed for formal entertaining. The Reception Hall’s high ceilings, tall windows, and brilliant fanlights above the doorways lend an air of elegance and ease to any occasion, from a professional conference to an intimate dinner. Homewood’s Reception Hall extends the entire width of the building, leading out to the house’s North and South Porticos, which can provide scenic backdrops for event photography.
The Museum is open to the public during these hours:
- Tuesday-Friday: 11:00am-4:00pm
- Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm-4:00pm
- Closed Mondays
Click here to visit the Museum website.