A Visit to Annapolis & Baltimore, Maryland

Annapolis, Maryland is one of the oldest cities in the country and was the first peacetime capital of the United States. 

We had an afternoon to wander its pretty streets.

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The Alex Haley Memorial is on the City Dock.  Haley traced his roots back to Kunta Kinte’s arrival here at the Port of Annapolis.

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We walked through the Naval Academy grounds.

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This is the Navy’s mascot, Billy.

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Captain’s Row

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Bancroft Hall is the largest dormitory in the world.  The only dorm on the campus, it is home to 4,000 midshipmen.

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U.S. Naval Academy Chapel

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We had time to take a tour of one colonial home.  We chose the Hammond-Harwood House.

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This house was built in 1774, as a five-part house.  The main body of the house is a connected by “hyphens” to the wings.  It has been a museum since 1940.  We were the only tourists on our docent led tour.

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The  back of the house looks much the same as the front.

They gave us postcards of some of the rooms. 

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Hammond-Harwood House CW Peale of Hester Chase M    This is Hester Baldwin Chase painted by Charles Willson Peale in 1789.  Her husband bought the house for his daughter in 1811.

I got pics of this pretty desk.

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Across the street is the Chase Lloyd House.  It was built in 1769 by a signer of the Declaration of Independence. 

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A little parade of midshipmen.

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The Maryland State House is topped by the largest wooden dome constructed without nails in the United States.

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St Anne’s Episcopal Church was built in 1858

Next we spent a day in Baltimore.

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The waterfront of the inner harbor is the focal point of the city.

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The USS Constellation is docked here.  It is the last all-sail ship built by the US Navy and the only vessel still afloat that saw active service during the Civil War.

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Several other historic ships are in the Baltimore Harbor.

The USS Torsk, a submarine, sank two Japanese frigates in 1945.  She made over 10,000 dives during her service.

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The Lightship 116 Chesapeake was commissioned in 1930.

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The USCGC Taney, launched in 1936, is the last surviving warship afloat today from the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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Built in 1855, the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse is the oldest screw-pile lighthouse in Maryland.  It was located in the Chesapeake Bay before it was replaced and relocated to the Baltimore Inner Harbor.  A screw-pile lighthouse is one which stands on piles that are screwed into sandy or muddy sea or river bottoms.  (Thanks Wikipedia.)

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We had lunch in Little Italy, a neighborhood near the Harbor.

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The Pratt Street Power Plant is a repurposed power plant located along the Harbor.  Built in the early 1900s, it closed in 1973.  It now houses several restaurants and shops.

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This is the same “Phillips” that I mentioned in my last post about Cambridge, MD.

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And so ends our east coast visit where American history can be found around almost any corner! 

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4 Responses to A Visit to Annapolis & Baltimore, Maryland

  1. Janet Freeman says:

    Thanks again Gracia for a wonderful tour of our East coast. The buildings are beautiful and so much ‘history’ built in to that part of our country.

  2. Catherine McCabe says:

    What a small world! Didn’t know that Alex Haley hailed from Annapolis — I met him a gazillion years ago in London where he was taking a breather from doing all his research in Africa for “Roots.” What an amazing man who more than deserves the sculptures!

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