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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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

The Maryland World War II Memorial Inspires Awe

Awesome. adj. Inspiring admiration; imposing; outstanding; very impressive. An overused word, to be sure, but awesome perfectly describes the Maryland World War II Memorial. Stand at the center of this granite amphitheater near Annapolis, and you too will feel the awe inspired by the stately and timeless Memorial. The Memorial Overlooks Annapolis Dedicated in 1998, […]

September 08, 2016

Living History in the William Paca Garden

“Soon as I’m done with this row, I’ll set down my hoe and settle down on the grass a bit. These salad greens are coming along, but the weeds do grow everywhere. Maybe we’ll get some good squash to feed Mr. Paca and all of us who work for him. It’s warm today—I’ll just draw […]

August 04, 2016

History Stands Tall at Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse (38°53’56” N 76°26’9″ W)

It’s hard to remain standing in one place for 141 years. Strong wind and waves could knock you down. You could float away on an ice floe. Your metal beams could rust and your screwpiles could pull away from the ground beneath you. Or, in the end, someone could take pity on you and move […]

June 28, 2016

Commander-In-Chief Resigns: Government Reorganizes!

See that white dome on the Annapolis skyline? It almost looks like a layered wedding cake, right? Well, that dome is the top of our Maryland State House, where the Commander-in-Chief really did resign. Here you can witness four centuries of some pretty amazing history. It’s easy to visit this inspiring building. The State House […]

May 18, 2016

Walking through Four Centuries: A Historic Tour of Annapolis

You can time travel in Annapolis—that’s what we did recently on a sunny February afternoon. Our energetic tour guide “Squire Tony” teleported us through history on a Four Centuries Walking Tour, a narrated jaunt around Annapolis that was chockful of historic detail.

April 16, 2016

The Hammond-Harwood House, an Annapolis Jewel

In historic Annapolis, there are basically three kinds of buildings: old, older, and oldest. The elegant Hammond-Harwood House is one of the oldest–and perhaps the most remarkable and beautifully furnished. Open to the public for tours, this fancy mansion on the corner of King George Street and Maryland Avenue was constructed in 1774 for the American Revolutionary figure Matthias Hammond.

April 12, 2016