About the Author

Ann Powell loves living and boating on the Chesapeake Bay. A former attorney and graduate of the University Of Maryland School Of Law, she enjoys sharing with readers her travel, boating, and gardening experiences. Ann’s writing and photography have appeared in a variety of print magazines and online resources. Her photography can be viewed on Istockphoto.com in her Coastalpics portfolio.

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Historic Winter Lecture Series in Annapolis

You have options on a cold winter evening. You could stay home hibernating until the spring thaw, maybe catch a football game or binge on Netflix… OR… you could expand your horizons and venture out to attend some of the winter lecture series popping up around Annapolis. Annapolis offers plenty of great ways to assuage […]

January 26, 2018

Behind Closed Doors at the William Paca House

A great public museum is a complicated place. The Nooks and Crannies Tour at the Historic Annapolis William Paca House reminds us that the Paca House is both a great public museum and a complicated place. This tour quite literally looks behind closed doors and into the cupboards of the grand historic house. 3,000 Artifacts […]

October 27, 2017

Historic Hauntings Tour is Scary but Not Too Scary

Some people will pay good money to be scared out of their wits. They go for the adrenaline jolt, the endorphin rush, the high of success that comes from being terrified and surviving it. Generally not a zombie seeker, I threw caution to the wind and tried the latest Special Historic Hauntings tour offered by […]

October 11, 2017

Secrets are Revealed at the National Cryptologic Museum

Enigma…Sigsaly…Cryptanalytic Bombe…If you recognize these terms, then you’ve probably read lots of spy novel—or you’re employed in our nation’s defense. Either way, you can actually see these historic code-making and code-breaking devices at the National Cryptologic Museum. This absolutely fascinating museum is located adjacent to the National Security Agency headquarters at Fort Meade, right here […]

August 07, 2017

Harbor Queen: the Grande Dame of Annapolis

Annapolis has its very own dowager countess. The grande dame of Annapolis is a true lady – a lady who wears her age well, moves with grace and dignity, and knows how to have fun. Want to meet her? Well, come on down to the Annapolis City Dock and catch a ride on the Harbor […]

May 10, 2017

Discover the Historic James Brice House

Thirty-five happy years ago I met my husband. We worked together at a Maryland real estate firm where, early on, I noticed a framed snapshot in his office. In the amateur photo, my youthful future spouse posed in sporty 1980s attire beside his little BMW sedan on East Street in Historic Annapolis. Behind him loomed […]

March 06, 2017

African American Heritage Tour Lends Perspective

African American history in Annapolis is a story about much more than staggering numbers, chilling tales, or attention-grabbing facts. It is a story about human tragedy, individual fear and greed, and conditions of extreme suffering. It is also a story of hope, industry and perseverance. Like it or not, much of the early narrative of […]

February 03, 2017

Thank Goodness for the Treaty of Paris

Can you imagine what it would be like today if the thirteen colonies had lost the Revolutionary War? There would be no United States, and we would be living under British rule. Sounds like the basis for a new Netflix original, right? Well, happily we don’t have to imagine that unfortunate outcome. The Treaty of […]

January 11, 2017

Antique Lovers Take Note: John Shaw Furniture on Display in Annapolis

Let’s face it: Annapolitans really like old stuff. And by old stuff, I mean antiques, which happen to be everywhere in historic Annapolis. If you’re a fan of American antiques, then make your way to the Hammond-Harwood House to see the collection of fine furniture made by John Shaw, Maryland’s most famous cabinetmaker. John Shaw […]

November 11, 2016

Plenty to See and Do this Fall at Historic London Town and Gardens

I know—you’ve heard of it, but what is it really? Historic London Town and Gardens is a 23-acre waterfront park and museum situated on a bluff overlooking the South River near Annapolis, Maryland. The site includes a historic brick mansion, a recreated early colonial village, an archaeology lab, a visitor’s center, a lovely event venue, […]

October 18, 2016