Sunday, August 15, 2010

Annapolis, MD.

Sat., July 17th, we thought we would drive up to Annapolis, MD. It is home to the U.S. Naval Academy (which we will go back up to see in the fall), but is also a very interesting historic city. In 1694, Anne Arundel Town was made into a capital city and rechristened "Annapolis" in honor of the heir to the British throne, Princess Anne. Annapolis is a beautiful, historic, 18th century seaport town which sits on a harbor that flows into the Chesapeake Bay.
We started off our day with lunch & then hooked up with an historic walking tour. Our guide was dressed in period clothing that must have been VERY hot!! But, boy, did she make it interesting!!

Our 1st stop was at a Waterfron Warehouse built in the 1800's.
Right next door to the warehouse is Shiplap House. It is one of the oldest surviving houses in Annapolis and is thought to be built around 1715. Our guide informed us that at night you can go and see the ghost of a little girl that used to live there. We decided not to do that. :)

Our next stop was the William Paca House & Garden. William Paca was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and 3-term govenor of Maryland. This mansion was built between 1763 & 1765. The property includes a walled urban garden.

Chase-Lloyd House, built from 1769-1774, was built by Samuel Chase, another signer of the Declaration of Independence. He didn't finish it however, and it was bought by Edward Lloyd IV. His youngest daughter, Mary, married Francis Scott Key here in 1802.

Across the street, is Hammond-Harwood House which was built in 1774 as a town residence for Mathias Hammond, patriot & planter. It was the last work of renowned colonial architect, William Buckland.

St. John's college traces it's origin to King Williams' School, the Maryland colony's "free" school founded in 1696.

The Maryland State House is the oldest state capitol in continuous legislative use, and the only state capitol to have been a U.S. capitol. Construction began in 1772; the legislature first met here in 1779. The building has the largest wooden dome in the country built without nails. George Washington resigned his commission as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army in the Old Senate Chamber and the U.S. Congress, which met in Annapolis from Nov. 1783 to Aug. 1784, ratified the Treaty of Paris in this building, formally ending the Revolutionary War.

There is a plaque in the floor of the Old Senate Chamber marking where Gen. George Washington stood when he resigned his commission.

Reynolds Tavern was built between 1747 & 1755. It has been a residence, a library, and is now a tea room, pub, & inn.

Below are some photos of Main street with the harbor in the background. The street is lined with shops & restaurants.

This Starbucks has more atmosphere than we had ever seen!! Housed in the basement of Maryland Inn which was completed before the Revolution. It was built as an inn and has remained an inn throughout it's life!

City Dock has been the center of Annapolis' maritime life for over 300 years! At the head of the dock , a memorial commemorates the 1767 arrival in Annapolis of Kunta Kinte immortalized by his descendant, Alex Haley, in Roots.

More pictures of the harbor & City Dock

After a long day touring it made sense to stop for dinner, but also to do it at a wellknown place in the area. Mike's Restaurant & Crab House. Situated right on the South River, where people can drive their boats right up to the restaurant's dock, it was a perfect place to end our day!

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