The Sands' House
One of the oldest houses in Annapolis, MD, the Sands House has been owned and occupied by one family for over 237 years. It is a repository of things left behind by six generations of Sands descendants, from colonial to present-day Annapolis, and offers a tangible record of a family and times gone by.
You will be welcomed to the Sands House by Ann Jensen,
great-great-great-great-granddaughter of John and Ann Sands who bought
the house in 1771. She will tell you of the Sands and their descendants
and their life in Annapolis with the help of three centuries of furniture,
household items, and personal effects her ancestors left behind.
During your visit you'll:
- Hear the story and see the letters of Revolutionary War soldier William Sands, killed at the Battle of Long Island in August 1776.
- Learn of life in an 18th-century tavern from the belongings of the Sands and from a sampling of 18th-century artifacts found during archaeological explorations done at the Sands House in 1988.
- Discover what the Sands and other Annapolitans were reading in 18th- and 19th-century Annapolis.
- See early 19th-century samplers, rare Baltimore Album Quilt squares, the tools of a family of seamstresses.
- Read entries from Ann Sands' journal before and after the Revolutionary War.
- Hear the story of a Sands cousin, Stewart Holland, memorialized in the Currier & Ives lithograph “Last Gun of the Arctic,” which was a luxury liner that took most of its passengers and crew to the bottom of the Atlantic in 1854.
- Learn about the Sands men whose lives and those of their families depended upon the sailing ships they owned or served upon.
- Discover what life under martial law was like in Civil War Annapolis.
And, above all, enjoy your walk through history at the Sands’ House.