One of the best parts about taking a trip to Annapolis is the sheer amount of historical importance that extends back to the earliest days of the United States. Sure, there are plenty of beautiful sights to see in this picturesque coastal location, but you get the added benefit that many of them go hand in hand with the rich naval history that still persists in Annapolis to this very day.
Years ago, this was the national capital of the United States, albeit for a temporary span lasting for roughly a year and was also the seat of the Confederation Congress. One of the more significant historical happenings happened right around this time, when George Washington, still general at the time, came before the governing body in the new Maryland State House and resigned his commission as commander of the Continental Army. Just a short time later, the Treaty of Paris of 1783 was ratified, bringing the Revolutionary War to a close. Truly, some of the most important events that shaped the history of the nation happened here.
The history of Annapolis goes all the way back to 1649, when Puritan exiles founded a settlement on the Chesapeake Bay. After relocating slightly further south to a more strategic location, it would take on the name “Anne Arundel’s Towne.” Fast forward some time through multiple different battles and changes in the seat of governor, and Annapolis eventually officially became incorporated in 1708.
Though it started small, being a primary port of entry and hub for the Atlantic slave trade drove a lot of people there for its profitable and strategic value. Eventually, the arts and trades began to flourish, really helping to cement Annapolis as a naval powerhouse. Today, much of the water trades aren’t as prevalent, instead being a hot spot for many recreational sailors.
Visitors won’t want to miss out on the chance to see the United States Naval Academy. Founded in 1845, it persists to this day as the premiere training facility for future servicemen looking to join the Navy or Marine Corps. At any given time, about 4500 students are enrolled here, and parts are open to visitors.
As the oldest legislative house that’s been in continuous use in the United States, the Maryland State House is an important piece of history. Between the treaties and other significant events that happened here, it’s a point of pride for the city.
Come and See for Yourself
All of this barely scratches the surface of all of the rich history that permeates the city. At Home Annapolis is proud of our city, and you’ll love it just as much as us when you come visit. Get in touch with us now and find the perfect rental to see a piece of history.