The Paca Garden Project
The enormous project of restoring the William Paca House and Garden was undertaken in 1970 with financial help from the state and federal governments. The house of William Paca, one of four Maryland Signers of the Declaration of Independence, had been added on to and turned into a hotel, Carvel Hall. His garden had feet of soil over it and was asphalted and the bus station located there.
Carvel Hall Hotel and the bus station were to be demolished and be replaced by a Best Western Motel covering the entire block. St. Clair Wright understood the value of the Paca House and raised the $250,000 to purchase the property.
Archaeologists, historic architects, archivists, and historic garden design experts all worked on this project but the person behind the project was St.Clair Wright who worked tirelessly for years to bring it to fruition. St. Clair Wright had the vision to see that it could be what it was in the 18th century and she succeeded in bringing this beautiful house and garden back for present day visitors to experience and learn from.