Know All About Naptown

[Story by Arin Shortz]

Annapolis, or Naptown, is a bustling, waterfront town with a rich maritime tradition. Recently recognized as one of the nation’s top adventure towns by National Geographic, Annapolis is the perfect spot for a weekend getaway or just a day of sight-seeing.

Founded in 1694, Maryland’s capital city still retains its colonial charm. The narrow, brick-paved streets and colonial architecture transport visitors to the earlier days of our founding fathers.

Ego Alley to Church Circle

Photo by Arin Shortz

Begin your trip by exploring Annapolis” extensive history. Several tour options are available to visitors, both guided and self-led. Choose from a walking, bike, boat, kayak, or Segway tour to experience Annapolis to its entirety. Ghost tours and haunted pub-crawls for the horror lovers are also available.

The Maryland State House, built in 1779, is the nation’s oldest legislative building still in use. In 1783, it served as the nation’s capital when the Continental Congress used the building to meet. It was here that George Washington tendered his registration as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army and the Treaty of Paris was ratified, marking the end of the American Revolution. For more information on visiting hours please visit The Maryland State House website: www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdstatehouse/html/visitor.html

Annapolis is home to several colonial manors and houses that are open for tours. They include the Hammond-Harwood House and the Chase Lloyd House, both completed in 1774, and the William Paca House built in 1765.

U.S. Naval Academy

Photo by Arin Shortz

The U.S. Naval Academy, founded in 1845, offers both a glimpse of the school’s history and a look into the future of the U.S. Navy. Open to the public with a driver’s license or ID visitors are encouraged to tour the Academy.

St. Mary’s Church, a large, Gothic, Catholic church built between 1858 and 1860, is also located in Annapolis” Historic District and is open to the public for visits and worship. Take a self-tour of both the church and the private girl’s school.

The Annapolis Maritime Museum provides insight into the city’s maritime traditions. Located on the Chesapeake Bay, the museum’s site is the last remaining oyster-packing plant in the area. The museum contains a waterman’s park, a meditation garden, three piers for fishing and crabbing, and a small shore for launching canoes and kayaks. Through hands-on experience and education, the museum seeks to maintain the area’s rich maritime history and ensure its continuation into the future.

For more information on walking tours, visit the tour website by Watermark: www.watermarkcruises.com/tours.htm.