"ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND--Historic Chesapeake Bay area" Top 5 Page for this destination Annapolis by VeronicaG
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We've visited Annapolis several times, finding its history alluring.
The Annapolis area was first settled by Puritans. The town was officially established in the late 1600's and named for Princess Anne, future Queen of England. In 1694 Annapolis became the capital of all the colony and held its importance as a seaport village until the American Revolution. Later it became the capital of Maryland.
The restored town has hundreds of colonial style buildings which add to its character. A pretty park surrounding the waterfront is a meeting place for many. Boat cruises on the Chesapeake can be scheduled, too. It's wonderful being able to walk through the streets and imagine so well what life must have been like in the 1700-1800's. There are parts of town that haven't changed much since that time.
Candlelight tours of the town and buildings highlight historic Annapolis at certain times of the year. These events take place at the William Paca house on 18 Prince George Street. There are also events at which re-enactors tell what its like to live in colonial times. Event information:410-267-8146. See www.hometownannapolis.com or call 800-603-4020.
National historic landmark, Annapolis Naval Academy (1845) is situated here. The Maryland State House where Senate and House of Representatives meet is open for self-guided tours. Look further to see my TIPS on Annapolis!
The waterfront is the place to be on a nice day. The boats come and go, the water laps at the wall and a good part of historic Annapolis can be seen from this point.
Interesting note: the Chesapeake Bay is 623 square miles of inland water, 185 miles long, up to 175 feet deep and as wide as 30 miles. Blue crabs are an important industry in this area.
Historic Annapolis--just ready for exploring!
- Pros:Historic buildings; pretty waterfront area; walkable
- Cons:One way streets can seem a little confusing at first
- In a nutshell:A town overflowing with history!
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