“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Annapolis in Anne Arundel County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

The Claude House

26 West Street

The Claude House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, July 26, 2014
1. The Claude House Marker
Inscription. During the second half of the 18th century, shoemaker Allen Quynn owned or leased a large portion of both sides of the first block of West Street. At one time this building was Quynn's home, but in 1767 Quynn leased the house to watchmaker William Knapp for seven years. A dozen years later, another watchmaker, Abraham Claude, who was already living in the house, bought the property from Quynn. Claude's first newspaper advertisement described himself and his partner as "watchmakers from London." After the death of his first wife, who left four young children, Claude married Elizabeth Quynn, Allen's daughter. In addition to his work as a watchmaker and silversmith, Claude sold dry goods and groceries. It was common in the 18th century for artisans to diversify in order to support their families. During his ownership of this house, Claude removed the original gambrel roof and added the present second story.
Location. 38° 58.712′ N, 76° 29.651′ W. Marker is in Annapolis, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County. Marker is on West Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 26 West Street, Annapolis MD 21401, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The City Spared (a few steps from this
The Claude House image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, July 26, 2014
2. The Claude House
marker); Lot 70 Is Historically Significant (within shouting distance of this marker); Reynold's Tavern (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Southgate Memorial (about 400 feet away); The Maryland Inn (about 500 feet away); Lincoln in Annapolis (about 500 feet away); Site of the Annapolis City Gates (about 600 feet away); White Oak (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Annapolis.
More about this marker. Building is now the Annapolis Visitors Center.
Categories. Colonial EraIndustry & Commerce
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 26, 2014, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 258 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 26, 2014, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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