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


The Hammond-Harwood House, an Annapolis Jewel

By: Ann Powell

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


The Naval Academy’s Hidden Treasure

By: SymmetryAgency

About a year ago I had an unexpected opportunity to visit the Naval Academy Museum. I say “unexpected” because I didn’t even know there was a museum at the Naval Academy. I had a vague memory of visiting the crypt of John Paul Jones when I was in high school, but back then I was more interested in admiring the plebes than I was in history. I’ve been to the Academy a few times since then, but never heard about the museum until I was invited on a group tour.

May 12, 2015


Meet the Locals: Colleen Randolph

By: SymmetryAgency

Colleen Randolph didn’t go far when she left home for college. But there’s no doubt that she will go very far after she graduates. Colleen spent her middle- and high-school years in the Annapolis neighborhood of Bay Ridge, a waterfront neighborhood situated just three inlets away from the United States Naval Academy. Living so close […]

April 15, 2015