Stay at Our Inn & Discover Historic Annapolis
The city was established in 1649 and was first known as Anne Arundel Town after Lord Baltimore’s wife. The name was changed in honor of Princess Anne of England when the capital of Maryland was moved from St. Mary’s City to Annapolis. The city charter was given in 1708.
From 1783 – August 1784 it was the United States first peacetime capital. General George Washington resigned his commission as General of the Continental Armies in the Maryland State House in 1783. The Treaty of Paris, which ended the American revolutionary war, was ratified here in 1784. Flag House Inn has an original copy of the treaty settlement map of 1783 in the breakfast dining room.
In 1808 Fort Severn was built in Annapolis and helped to prevent British attacks on the city during the War of 1812. The fort was inhabited by soldiers until 1845, and in 1850 it was transferred to the US Navy and became the US Naval Academy.
Well into the nineteenth century the area remained agrarian, but as growth in twentieth in the Baltimore and Washington DC areas came, so did growth in Annapolis.
Today there are more original 18th century homes in existence and in use here than in any other city in the US.
Bill Schmickle is past chair of the Annapolis Historic Preservation Commission and has written two books on the politics of historic districts.
Some of the historic sites include:
William Paca House (1763)
Hammond-Harwood House (1774)
Chase Lloyd Home (1769)
James Brice House (1767)
McDowell Hall (1744)
Carroll Barrister House (1722)
Maryland State House (1772)
Annapolis Maritime Museum
Old Treasury Building
Historic Annapolis Foundation Museum
Government House (MD Governor’s Home)