Government House

Government House, Annapolis, Maryland
Government House

The Government house is the home that houses all of the Maryland governors. Located at 110 State Circle, across from the State House, this building has seen many historical figures come and go through it, along with a tragic death.

House History 

The home that is seen today was not actually the original government house. McDowell Hall, located now on the campus of St. Johns College, was used as the government house in the early days. In 1870 the new government house was built in the State Circle. The home was heavily renovated once in the 1930s to what it looks like in its current day, with minor updates taking place throughout the years.

Reverdy Johnson 

On February 10, 1876 Governor Carroll was having a small dinner party and one guest who was staying at the house was Attorney Reverdy Johnson. Reverdy was in town for a case and Carroll invited him to stay at the home instead of going to a hotel or inn. After dinner Reverdy, who was coincidentally born in the Government house, went into what is now the Victorian Parlor. The other guests assumed he was taking a nap as was suggested by his son in law and went on about their business. Around 8:15 pm maid alerted Governor Carroll that Reverdy Johnson was laying in the yard. They assumed he fell out of the window in the parlor and hit his head on the paved carriage area below.