Pasadena - Hancock's Resolution

2795 Bayside Beach Road

The original stone buildings, built circa 1785, are excellent examples of early Chesapeake architecture and some of the few existing stone buildings of that period in Anne Arundel County. For over 150 years, this was one of many farms that used Maryland's waterways to transport produce to Baltimore and other ports. Occupied by the Hancocks until 1962, it is an Historic Park in the Anne Arundel Park System, operated by the Friends of Hancock's Resolution (FOHR). The Master Interpretation Plan for the Park outlines four major themes for the interpretation of this historic farm: 1-Daily Life on a pre-Civil War Chesapeake "middling plantation" and Market Farm; 2-Transportation and Commerce on the Northern Chesapeake Bay in that Period; 3-Military and Maritime Life on the Chesapeake Bay focused on the War of 1812; and 4-American Indian Lifeways on the North Western Chesapeake Bay. The latter is because archaeology has discovered a 3,000 year old Indian campsite on the farm.

If you want to see how average Americans lived before the industrial age, this is the place to visit.


Kristen Bishel Browne

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
We visited for the first time on Mother's Day. We had a free guided tour of both the historic house and the gardens (where we were gifted a few fresh turnips and radishes! Yum!) and then we did a self-guided walking tour of the rest of the grounds. Afterwards, we enjoyed their Mother's Day tea event with delicious homemade gingerbread and lavender shortbread cookies, plus Darjeeling and Earl Gray tea. The weather was beautiful, the volunteer staff were incredibly knowledgeable and pleasant. We definitely hope to return for other events in the future.

Frank Gruman

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Lots of history in this little park. Might not be an all day affair, but you could wander and learn for at least half the day. Check out the bees and kitchen garden.

Kevin McClain

Monday, Oct. 23, 2017
Great place to learn our history

Justin Cann

Tuesday, July 14, 2015
I've never seen a house that old in such original condition. The gardens were wonderful, and the docents really took the time to show my kids the house and the grounds. This is a real historical gem.

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Friday, June 17, 2016