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


A Trip to the Maryland State House

By: Kat Spitzer

You may know a few historic facts about the Maryland State House: It’s the oldest state house in continuous use; the only state house with its original, wooden dome; once stood as the U.S. Capitol Building; and was the signing place of the Treaty of Paris in 1783. What you may not know is that […]

November 09, 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


In Annapolis, Gone But Not Forgotten

By: Katie Redmiles

There’s so much history you can see in Annapolis. It’s in the architecture, the bumpy brick sidewalks and the plaques honoring a building’s old age. In a town lauded for its historic preservation, it can be fun to recognize all that has disappeared…or, in certain cases, simply been hidden from view—or moved to a new […]

October 12, 2016


A Tour for the Architecturephiles

By: Donna Cole

When you think about what makes a city unique or what defines its look, its character, its je ne sais quois, there is perhaps nothing more important than its architecture. Okay, maybe food, but certainly architecture is one of those things we think of when we think of a place. Miami = art deco. Palm […]

July 15, 2016


Commander-In-Chief Resigns: Government Reorganizes!

By: Ann Powell

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


1747 Pub at Reynolds Tavern Scores for Food and History

By: Mary Lou Baker

Visitors seeking a historic setting for great burgers and beers should know about an obscure little pub in the cellar of the Reynolds Tavern on Church Circle. Look for a modest sign that practically whispers 1747 Pub on the side of the building, climb down stairs dating back to its original 1737 construction, and prepare to be amazed.

April 18, 2016