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July 12, 1995
CONTACT: Leslie Rice

Escape the Heat at Homewood House

When Homewood House was built in 1801, the summer country home became Charles Carroll's elegant "escape from the city heat." One of the nation's great Federal houses, Homewood House was a wedding gift to the young Carroll from his father, Charles Carroll of Carrollton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

This summer, from July until August 31, the Homewood House Museum invites you to revisit summertime in the new republic. During "Escape the Heat Days," the fully restored mansion will showcase the lifestyle and housekeeping changes the Carroll family undertook as relief from the summer.

"Escape the Heat Days" offers a picture of how the house would appear if frozen in time during a moment when the Carroll family and servants were in a flurry of summer preparations for the house.

The house is shown in the process of house cleaning, the dining room table has been cleared and separated, the crumb cloth shaken out and the gilded frames of the paintings have been covered in gauze to keep away the mess from flies. Heavy rugs have been rolled up and replaced with floor cloths and grass matting.

Cool, lightweight fabrics hang over the beds to keep insects away while still allowing air to circulate. The drawing room has been slip-covered in a green-checked linen to protect the upholstery and to provide comfort during the summer heat and humidity.

True to its original intent, these days Homewood House is air-conditioned. Homewood House invites you to step back in time and discover an oasis of hospitality in the city. Enjoy a personalized tour and a refreshing glass of lemonade.

Tours are offered hourly Tuesdays to Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 3 p.m. For more information, call (410) 516-5589.

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