Frederick Douglass: The Wordsmith for Freedom

By: Lindsay Bolin Lowery

Frederick Douglass is a name you’ll be hearing quite often this year, as this month marks 200 years since his birth. Since he was born into slavery in Talbot County (approximately 40 miles east of Annapolis on the Eastern Shore), his actual birth date is unknown, but he would later claim February 14 to celebrate. […]

February 13, 2018


Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Celebration

By: Kat Spitzer

Born into slavery in Talbot County, MD sometime during 1818, Frederick Douglass grew to be an author, abolitionist, social reformer, and the first African American to hold a high U.S. government rank. His achievements still resound today throughout Maryland and the the country today. During the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Celebration (a state-wide, yearlong event), celebrate […]

February 12, 2018


Historic Winter Lecture Series in Annapolis

By: Ann Powell

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


Historic Hauntings Tour is Scary but Not Too Scary

By: Ann Powell

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


Meet Robert Clark: President & CEO of Historic Annapolis

By: Historian Annapolis

If you’ve ever been to Annapolis, you know of its bustling boutiques, waterfront views, and of course, its history. What you may not know is just how Annapolis has been able to preserve and maintain its historic charm since its establishment in the mid-1600s. One of the major reasons visitors still enjoy the city as […]

May 08, 2017


African American Heritage Tour Lends Perspective

By: Ann Powell

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

By: Ann Powell

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


Eight Great Places to Soak up Historic Annapolis Attractions – For Free

By: Katie Redmiles

With the cooler temperatures and shorter days settling in, you may be tempted to cozy up in a blanket and stay home. Adding to that homebody inclination, perhaps you’re making a valid effort to stay within budget for the holidays. But I would argue that neither of these excuses is a good enough one to […]

December 02, 2016


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

By: Ann Powell

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


Take a Haunted Tour of Historic Annapolis

By: Adam Dahlgard

Instead of doing the usual American Halloween rituals this year – walking a haunted trail or watching horror movies – I opted to join Watermark’s Historic Ghost Walk in downtown Annapolis. I’m not one to actively search for a way to scare myself in celebration of All Hallow’s Eve, but I do love history, so […]

October 26, 2016