All Aboard! Learn Annapolis History via a Trolley Tour

By: Alexandra Cannady

Clang, clang, clang went the trolley and my five-year-old-son was captivated. We board an early afternoon trolley outside the Annapolis Visitors Center at the top of West Street and immediately, the tour operator, Mark, makes us feel welcome. He asks his guests where they’re from and a connection is made. St. Louis? San Francisco? Connected […]

November 28, 2016


Historic London Town & Gardens Invites Reflection

By: Lindsay Bolin Lowery

I could not have found myself at a more perfect place on a beautiful fall afternoon than Historic London Town & Gardens. My curiosity was immediately struck by the dark wooden structures you see upon approach– the reconstructed Lord Mayor’s Tenement, and the Carpenter’s Shop. These rugged buildings are an intriguing juxtaposition against the elegance […]

October 31, 2016


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

By: Ann Powell

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

By: Ann Powell

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

By: Ann Powell

“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)

By: Ann Powell

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


A Glimpse of the Naval Academy Chapel Dome

By: Lindsay Bolin Lowery

One of the most gorgeous architectural highlights you’ll witness in the City of Annapolis is the historic United States Naval Academy Chapel. Dedicated in 1908, the majestic dome of the chapel is central to the yard, and easily viewable from a Naval Academy campus walking tour or a stroll along King George Street in Downtown […]

June 22, 2016


An Embarrassing Revelation and a Tour You Really Should Take

By: Donna Cole

I’m a Navy veteran. And Annapolis has been part of my life since, well, all of it, and let’s just say that’s a long time. So, what I’m about to tell you is kind of embarrassing. I’d never been on a walking tour of the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA), nor had I ever seen the […]

April 21, 2016


Over the Bridges

By: Alexandra Cannady

Annapolis sits where the Severn River meets the Chesapeake Bay. When people talk about going over the bridge, they’re usually talking about the Chesapeake Bay Bridge (official name: the Governor William Preston Lane, Jr. Memorial Bridge). But in Annapolis, there are many bridges to cross and with the advent of spring, scores of travelers and day-trippers will be crossing them. Here are some good reasons you may want to join them.

April 20, 2016


Walking through Four Centuries: A Historic Tour of Annapolis

By: Ann Powell

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