About Historic Ogle Hall

An Event Venue with History


Ogle Hall was built in 1739 by Dr. William Stephenson, a surgeon, who later sold the house to the Ogle family. Samuel Ogle served as Governor of Maryland from 1747 until his death in 1752, and later his son, Benjamin Ogle, was elected Governor in 1798. In his diary, George Washington described dining with Benjamin Ogle here in 1773, and later, when the Marquis de Lafayette visited Annapolis, he declared the ballroom of Ogle Hall, “the most beautiful in America.” A third Governor of Maryland resided here, Thomas Pratt. In 1946, on the 100th anniversary of the U.S. Naval Academy, Ogle Hall was purchased by the Naval Academy Alumni Association, and it has been the Alumni House since 1947.


The building is a Georgian-style mansion which features distinct 18th-century craftsmanship in the exterior brickwork. Interior details like the cantilevered hallway staircase and the ornate ballroom cornice are found only in the finest houses of the period. The rooms are furnished with antiques and fine reproductions and lighted with Waterford and Tiffany crystal chandeliers. The original wood floors are protected by Persian rugs, and the rooms also showcase several rare grandfather clocks. The paintings are on loan from the U.S. Naval Academy Museum.

Our extended history

Frequently Asked Questions

How many can you accommodate at your venue?

Inside Ogle Hall, we can accommodate up to 170 guests standing. With our courtyard, we can accommodate up to 300 standing. We can seat up to 140 guests on our courtyard.

Can we use any caterer we like?

We’ve done the work for you. We have exclusive contracts with six top area caterers. Please download our catering packet here to view your options.

List of Preferred Caterers

Where can we park?

Part of the charm of Downtown Annapolis is walkability. Unfortunately, that means that parking is limited. There is two-hour street parking right outside Ogle Hall and nine-hour street parking down King George Street. Additionally, there are a few parking garages within several blocks of Ogle Hall. We suggest providing shuttle bus service to and from your hotel for guests.

How do you handle rentals for my event?

Please download our wedding packet to see all amenities and items included in your rental.

Download Wedding Packet

Do I have to be a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy to rent Ogle Hall?

No, anyone, even non-graduates can rent Ogle Hall. Lifetime members of the Alumni Association receive a 5% discount on their rental.