frequently asked questions
Please find answers to some frequently asked questions to help better serve you in the planning of your event.
As we are situated in the heart of downtown, we have limited parking which is generally not available for guest use. We will make every effort to accommodate parking for you and your immediate family, however it will be determined on a case by case basis. The upside to being so central is that there are several parking facilities within walking distance. Please refer your guests to any of the below parking garages, however the two closest lots are Larkin Lot on Larkin Street and the South Street lot.
Yes. We have preferred vendors that we recommend for various services such as caterers, florists, photographers, etc. We try to recommend those that offer a variety of services to fit a variety of budgets, and we only recommend businesses that possess stellar reputations. Click here to get a full list of our preferred vendors. *
Please visit the Inquire page and fill out the availability form. We will contact you to discuss your event and your inquiry.
This will largely depend upon your event size and needs. We are happy to provide and/or source materials or furnishings you require at a competitive rental rate - be it tables, chairs, AV equipment, flipcharts, linens, dinnerwares, glassware, etc. A full list of of our rates can be provided upon request. All items will be ready & set for you upon arrival. If you are reserving the Franklin House for any overnight stays, you and or your guests will also be provided with a complete set of bed linens and bath towels. For any occasion and at any given time, there will be seasonal and decorative homewares throughout the house.
We require a fully refundable Security Deposit in the event of any damages as well as a Reservation Deposit to secure your event. This will we be attributed to the total costs associated with your function. Once your event is complete and provided there are no violations of the Franklin House guidelines, we will issue a credit of your security deposit within 7 business days.
We will do our absolute best to try and accommodate any changes in scheduling. This will be strictly subject to availability and transferring a security deposit and/or payments for an alternate date is up to the sole discretion of Franklin House.
Guests of Franklin House are required to respect the City of Annapolis and its noise ordinances/quiet hours, from 10pm – 7am.
Franklin House is not a licensed venue. However, should you wish to serve and consume alcoholic beverages during your event, we request that you obtain a Single Day Liquor License from Anne Arundel County Board of License Commissioners. The process is very straightforward and can be completed in 10 minutes at their Annapolis location. For your convenience, if you wish to serve alcohol, please let us know and we will mail you a hard copy of the licence with our information so that you may submit it to the board. Here is a link to their FAQ. All alcohol consumed by our guests must be purchased separately and provided by our guests.
Yes. We want to help you make your space look absolutely perfect for your event! Any free standing decorations are welcomed and encouraged. We cannot accommodate any decorations that require nailing, taping or adhering to the walls or furniture.
We ask that all of our guests please remove their own trash due to our own city limitations. If you would like for us to take care of removing your trash, please be advised that there will be an additional fee charged for this of $15/bag. If prior arrangements are not made and trash is left behind, please be aware that the removal fees will be deducted from your Security Deposit.
We would ask that you be sure to remove all of your items the night/day of your event. You may make arrangements to come back the following day for any remaining items, however please be advised that an additional fee will apply.