"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

August 15, 2011

Aug. 14 - Annapolis, MD

Day 149 - History
Annapolis City Dock

We woke to cloudy skies, but we only had a few light showers during the day, nothing heavy enough to keep us from seeing the sites. We visited the Naval Academy this morning. They have a nice visitor’s center with a museum tracing the history of the Academy and a film that shows you what the Plebes' (freshman) first year is like. We walked through the beautiful campus that was established in 1845. A lot of famous Americans went to school here.

After a brief afternoon shower the weather cleared a little and we had a chance to walk around town a little more. Their State House (Capitol) is the oldest in the nation still in legislative use. It is here that General George Washington resigned his commission before the Continental Congress December 23, 1783. Here, January 14, 1784, Congress ratified the Treaty of Paris to end the Revolutionary War and May 7, 1784 appointed Thomas Jefferson plenipotentiary. From here, September 14, 1786, the Annapolis convention issued the call to the states that led to the Constitutional Convention. So much history in such a small area...it's fun to see the places we've always heard about in history lessons. 

We had a light dinner at an Irish Pub named McGarvey's and then spent the evening watching people and the boats parade down Ego Alley.

Officer's home at the Naval Academy
Main Chapel at the Academy - John Paul Jones is here
Park and Chapel
Submarine Monument - dedicated to those you serve beneath the sea
Old street in Annapolis
Part of State Circle that runs around The State House - The Governor Mansion is on the other side of the State House
Maryland State House built in 1772 - was the Capitol of the United States November 26, 1783 – August 13, 1784
Kunte Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial - To commemorate the arrival in this harbor of Kunte Kinte, immortalized by Alex Haley in Roots, and all others who came to these shores in bondage and who by their toil, character and ceaseless struggle for freedom have helped to make these Unites States.
The Pearl dock in Ego Alley

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