8 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Annapolis
The state capital, Annapolis, is home to the U.S. Naval Academy and the associated Academy Naval Museum. Other features of interest are the Old Senate Chamber in the State House, the Governor's Mansion, and the William Paca House and Gardens.
1 William Paca House and Garden
This grand colonial era home was completed in 1765 for William Paca, a wealthy young planter who was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. It has a 2 acre garden with five terraces, a fish-shaped pond, and a wilderness garden. The William Paca House has two floors furnished with a collection of antique furniture, Paca family silver, and decorative arts. The property is a National Historic Landmark.
2 U.S. Naval Academy Museum
3 Maryland State House
The Maryland State House is loaded with history, having once served as the capital of the USA. It is the oldest state house still in continuous legislative use. The construction of the building began in 1772 and was completed 7 years later. The wooden dome of the State House was completed in 1794, making it the oldest and largest wooden dome of its kind in the United States. The interior of the original portion of the Maryland State House is constructed of wood and plaster. The newer section, added between 1902 and 1906, features Italian marble walls and columns.
4 Annapolis Maritime Museum
The Annapolis Maritime Museum is located on the shores of Back Creek in the last oyster packing plant to operate in Annapolis. It highlights the history of boat building and the local oyster industry. Annapolis was dependent upon necessities coming by boats of all types from small craft to coastal vessels.
Exhibits include maps, photographs and documents that describe the business and culture of the area. Special exhibits feature various topics related to local maritime history.
5 Governor's Mansion
Government House has been the official residence of the Governors of Maryland since 1870. This Georgian-style country house was built in the style of the period and features portraits by Charles Willson Peale, one of America's foremost portrait painters. There are also furnishings by Potthast, eminent Baltimore furniture makers of the 19th century.
6 Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial
The Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial marks the arrival location of Alex Haley's African ancestor, Kunta Kinte, as told in the book "Roots". The Memorial features a seated Alex Haley reading from a book to three children of different ethnic backgrounds.
7 St John's College
The original focus of St John's College was the traditional liberal arts, but it switched to a classics based curriculum. St. John's College was chartered in 1784 and housed in a building completed in 1789. This building is now known as McDowell Hall, the third oldest academic building in continuous use.
8 Thurgood Marshall Memorial
This memorial honours Thurgood Marshall, who became the first African American U.S. Supreme Court Justice in 1967. The memorial, featuring a statue of Marshall, stands outside the Maryland State House.