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c. 1750s; later additions. 317 Market St.

Paca House reflects common building practices within the Chesapeake region, beginning as a typical one-and-a-half-story, hall-parlor frame house. It was likely built by John Paca, the father of William Paca of Annapolis and a Harford County landowner for use when in town on business or for speculation. It was later raised to a full two stories and expanded by a two-bay, one-room section. Not long after, it was again enlarged by a three-bay gambrel-roofed section indictive of the Chesapeake house of the last half of the eighteenth century, distinguished by its stone construction. The later front porch on the earlier section belies its true age.

Writing Credits

Lisa Pfueller Davidson and Catherine C. Lavoie



  • 1750


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Lisa Pfueller Davidson and Catherine C. Lavoie, "PACA HOUSE", [Charlestown, Maryland], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Maryland, Lisa Pfueller Davidson and Catherine C. Lavoie. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2022, 90-90.

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