Hit the Streets
Annapolis is a walking town. So, when family members gather for a reunion or event, invite them to park at one of our downtown garages and join you in a stroll of our Museum without Walls.
There are more 18th-century brick buildings in Annapolis than in any city of comparable size in the nation. The Maryland State House is one of them. The oldest State House in continuous legislative use also served as our Capitol from November 1783 to August 1784. It was here that General George Washington resigned his commission as commander in chief of the Continental Army and the Treaty of Paris was ratified, officially ending the Revolutionary War.
The homes of all four of Maryland signers of the Declaration of Independence are in Annapolis, and three of them are open to the public. A visit to the home of signer William Paca includes a tour of his two-acre 18th-century pleasure garden. Francis Scott Key was married in the parlor of the Chase-Lloyd House that was built for Declaration of Independence signer Samuel Chase. The Maryland Avenue home is located directly across the street from the Hammond-Harwood House. Built in 1774, the five-part Georgian mansion features the “Most Beautiful Doorway in America.” Once inside, you’ll feast your eyes on one of the finest collections of 18th-century decorative and fine arts in America.
No visit to Annapolis is complete without a trolley, e-Cruiser, or walking tour. Guides in colonial attire will fill you in on the gossip of the centuries as they lead you along the brick-lined streets of the Historic District. Up for a good scare? Try our ghost tours. Hungry? Indulge your appetite and your intellect with a food and history tour.