Washington, Lafayette & Tilghman at Yorktown by Charles Willson Peale, 1784
You may know a few historic facts about the Maryland State House: It’s the oldest state house in continuous use; the only state house with its original, wooden dome; once stood as the U.S. Capitol Building; and was the signing place of the Treaty of Paris in 1783. What you may not know is that it’s also the site where George Washington resigned his military commission. Aside from being able to take a peek at the actual resignation letter written by Washington himself, the room in which he resigned was recently refurbished, giving visitors the unique chance to take a step back in time.
Open to the public year-round, the exhibits on hand are a great way to experience not only the special history of the Maryland State House, but also the admirable role George Washington played in the creation of our country. Click above and join HistorianAnnapolis' blogger Kat Spitzer as she takes a walk through history.
For more information and to join a tour of the Maryland State House, click here.
Photography courtesy of Darren Heater and Bob Peterson, videography by Darren Heater