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Jamie Foster

Celebrate the Kentucky Derby in Annapolis

Credited as the first site of city-organized horse racing in the colonial times, Annapolis is home to the oldest sporting association in the United States – The Maryland Jockey Club. Founded in 1743, this club regulated the sport of horse racing in Maryland and hosted the first race within its…

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Celebrate Maryland Day

March 25th marks Maryland’s birthday, the day we celebrate the first European settlers in the colony. The original settlers arrived at St. Clement’s Island on March 25, 1634 aboard two boats, the Ark and the Dove . Gifted by the King to the Calvert family, the colony was named “Mary-Land” after the…

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The Legacy of Wiley H. Bates in Annapolis

What better way to conclude Black History Month than highlighting one of the most prominent African American businessman and community leader in Annapolis: Wiley H. Bates. Born into slavery in North Carolina, Wiley H. Bates achieved his freedom through education, hard work, and dedication. He made…

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Historic Annapolis Theaters

Annapolis truly has it all; a rich history, an abundance of activities, undeniable charm, and a wealth of cultural entertainment. For 300 years, this small seaport has been welcoming visitors from around the world. Annapolis theaters were just one of many draws to outsiders. In its earliest days…

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Experience Historic London Town & Gardens

A former site of a colonial seaport founded on the South River in 1683, Historic London Town and Gardens is now a 23-acre park that features an abundance of history, archaeology, and horticulture. Owned by Anne Arundel County and managed by the London Town Foundation, I had the pleasure of…

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Visit the Maryland WWII Memorial in Annapolis

Sitting on a hill overlooking the Severn River is the Maryland WWII Memorial. Dedicated in 1998, this dramatic memorial pays tribute to Maryland’s men and women who gave their lives during World War II. Designed by New-York based architect, Secundino Fernandez, this memorial is an open-air…

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Francis Scott Key: An Annapolis Icon

Take a stroll down Shipwright St., through St. John’s campus or down any of our areas brick lined streets to experience history all around you. Think back, back to the colonial times of who might have walked these streets before you. The steps you take have already been taken by prominent…

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Visit the Hammond-Harwood House

Nestled on the corner of King George Street and Maryland Ave is a remarkably beautiful house that is hard to miss – the Hammond-Harwood House (19 Maryland Avenue). Constructed in 1774 for Matthias Hammond, a Maryland legislator, the original purpose for the house was to entertain guests when Hammond…

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Visit the Annapolis Maritime Museum

I had the pleasure of stopping by the Annapolis Maritime Museum to learn about the rich maritime history this building boasts. Housed in what was historically known as the last oyster-packing plant in Annapolis, the Annapolis Maritime Museum is a small museum located on the shores of Back Creek of…

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Maryland Signers of the Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence was sanctioned on July 4, 1776. Signed by 56 delegates to the Continental Congress, the Declaration announced that the America's thirteen colonies would now be regarded as thirteen independent, sovereign states – no longer under British rule. This was the first…

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