If you see only one historic house in Annapolis, make it this one. A five-part classic Georgian home quite unlike the Paca mansion, with semi-octagonal wings and carved moldings, it is considered one of the 18th century's most noteworthy. The architecture, by William Buckland, is stunning. On exhibit are decorative arts from the last 3 centuries and paintings including works by the various Peales, among Maryland's finest. The collection of 18th-century items, including furniture by John Shaw, handicrafts, and textiles, is not to be missed. There are some children's things and a few "modern conveniences" of the Colonial period.