Experience Annapolis' Living History Firsthand

Established in 1649, Annapolis, Maryland, is one of the country’s oldest cities. What really sets the town apart is how little it’s changed over centuries, maintaining its old-world charm, beauty, and magnetism. With more original 18th-century buildings than any other U.S. city, a walk through its brick streets is a step back in time. From the waterfront views of the historic harbor, to some of the best examples of Georgian architecture in the world, this “city of brick” illustrates the very best of early America’s high-society and beauty.

  1. Exterior of the United States Naval Academy.

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    United States Naval Academy

    The Naval Academy has been training officers for the U.S. Navy and the Marine Corps since 1845. Yet for many, the Naval Academy remains shrouded in mystery. Open to the public year-round, the USNA offers visitors a wealth of naval history from cruising around the Yard to events and air shows throughout the year.

  2. William Paca House, Annapolis, Maryland.

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    William Paca House & Garden

    The William Paca House & Garden is a National Historic Landmark, restored to its Colonial-era splendor by Historic Annapolis, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving Annapolis. Take some time to experience the 18th-century life of lawyer and signer of the Declaration of Independence William Paca as you explore his breathtaking home.

  3. Maryland State House exterior.

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    Maryland State House

    The Maryland State House is the first and only state house to serve as the nation’s capital, with federal government operations transpiring from November 1783 to August 1784. The building now endures as the oldest state house in continuous legislative use and as one of the most important historic sites in Annapolis.

  4. Banneker-Douglass Museum exterior.

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    Banneker-Douglass Museum

    The Banneker-Douglass Museum, located steps away from Church Circle in the heart of Annapolis, is Maryland's official museum of African American heritage. Free to the public and open year round, the museum features the lives of the state's most influential African Americans, rotating exhibits, and events.

  5. Annapolis Maritime Museum.

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    Annapolis Maritime Museum

    Housed in what was historically known as the last oyster-packing plant in the city, the Annapolis Maritime Museum is located on the shores of Back Creek in the Eastport neighborhood. The museum engages visitors in an interactive experience that highlights oysters, the watermen who collect them, and Chesapeake Bay.

  6. Historic London Town and Gardens.

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    Historic London Town & Gardens

    For an unforgettable visit that combines history, archaeology, and horticulture, come to Historic London Town and Gardens, a 23-acre park on the South River about eight miles from downtown Annapolis.

This story was created in collaboration with Visit Annapolis.

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