History in Annapolis


The convergence of waterways shaping Annapolis and surrounding Anne Arundel County is a fitting metaphor for the equally dynamic people and events which have, over time, carved out the experience we know today.  From times of tranquil harmony to roiling rivulets of unrest, reflecting upon this region’s textured past—long enmeshed in critical religious, economic, and social issues—informs us how to responsibly navigate toward a vibrant future strengthened by the fibers of every human being.


Black History 365

If Black History and Heritage are at the top of your list, be sure to begin your journey at Black History 365. This initiative is a collection of stories, art, and events that highlight the history, heritage, and contributions of Black Marylanders as well as the history of the people of the African Diaspora in Annapolis & Anne Arundel County. Here, their culture and excellence are celebrated year-round through a collaborative initiative across the county and state-wide organizations, spearheaded by the Banneker-Douglass Museum.

Remembering Carr’s Beach: The Most Popular African American Beach and Music Venue on the Chesapeake

It would have been a blast to go to Carr’s Beach in the 1950s and 1960s....

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The Annapolis MLK Parade and Diaspora Festival

Everybody loves a parade, and there's no better reason to gather for a fun yet...

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United States Naval Academy: Women of Note

Celebrate the brave women of the United States Naval Academy this International...

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Top 4 Reasons to Visit, The Radical Voice of Blackness Speaks of Resistance and Joy

Freedom, Equality, and Citizenship—Harriet Tubman ran for it, Frederick...

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Maritime History

Our 533 miles of shoreline are intrinsically linked to the history and heritage of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County. There are numerous sites and museums dedicated to this nautical heritage throughout Anne Arundel County. Start in Galesville, south of Annapolis, and wind your way north with a look at old canneries and the community that sprang forth around the oyster industry at the Galesville Heritage Society & Museum or the Captain Avery Museum. While you're in SoCo, (short for South County), be sure to look for historical treasures and antiques along the Vintage Loop.

22nd Annual Oyster Festival at the Captain Avery Museum

Sitting on the banks of the West River and overlooking the Chesapeake Bay is the 19...

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Current Scoop on the Vintage Loop

Download the Vintage Loop Map here! Captain Harvey's Antiques , once a country...

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Wilma Lee at the Annapolis Maritime Museum

Proudly docked at the Annapolis Maritime Museum, Wilma Lee is one of 22 remaining...

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The Naval Academy’s Hidden Treasure

About a year ago I had an unexpected opportunity to visit the Naval Academy Museum....

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American History

The Maryland State House is the oldest State House in continuous legislative use in the nation. It’s also the only State House that has served as our nation’s Capitol. But that's not the only American history that awaits you during your visit to Annapolis & Anne Arundel County. Find numerous historic homes throughout the county like Benson-Hammond House near BWI Airport or Historic London Town and Gardens in Edgewater. Turn history on its ear with a haunted pub crawl or ghost tour. No matter your interests, history abounds here, in the heart of Maryland.

Chase Lloyd House

Georgian mansion built in 1769 by Samuel Chase, a signer of the Declaration of...

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William Paca House and Garden

The William Paca House & Garden is a National Historic Landmark, restored to its...

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Historic Linthicum Walks

Linthicum Walks is the name of a lovely 200 year-old house whose history reflects...

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Benson-Hammond House

The rooms of the Benson-Hammond House display antique furniture, textiles of the...

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