Annapolis is one of the most historic cities in the United States. You may know that Maryland’s capital was also the nation’s center of government for a brief period. This beautiful maritime city on the Chesapeake Bay is currently known as America’s Sailing Capital.
If you and your family are staying a few days, you can take a walking self-guided tour in Annapolis’ Historic District and see its most historic houses. Part 1 will cover the first six of 12 houses. Before you proceed on the tour, pick up a map at the Annapolis Visitors Center on 26 West Street, which is open daily from 9-5.
110 State Circle
In 1868, Maryland purchased land to build a governor’s mansion. Built in 1870 using French Empire architecture, the structure was remodeled in 1936 as a five-part Georgian Colonial.
Jonas Green House
124 Charles Street
Constructed in the 1740s, the gambrel-roof structure was the residence of Jonas Green, the publisher of the Maryland Gazette. His descendants remain the home’s owners.
138 Conduit Street
A rare remnant in Annapolis of Queen Anne architecture, the pattern book dwelling was constructed for Charles Zimmerman, who was a leader of the Naval Academy band and the composer of the U.S. Navy’s immortal theme song, Anchors Aweigh.
163 Duke of Gloucester Street
Two local African-American families were the owners of the house for 150 years. John Maynard purchased the house in 1847, and he and his family became the first occupants.
Charles Carroll House
107 Duke of Gloucester Street
Built in the 1720s, the graceful house underwent expansions in the 1770s, 1790s and 1850s. The only Roman Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence, Charles
Carroll of Carrollton, was born in the home in 1737, and it was his residence until 1821.
18 Pinkney Street
Built around 1715, the Shiplap House was likely built by owner Edward Smith, who was a sawyer and the proprietor of a tavern in the home.
Part 2 will cover the second six of 12 historic Annapolis houses.
For More Information: Annapolis Visitors Center
Your Inn Near the Annapolis Historic District
The 12 historic houses are near Gibson’s Lodgings, a historic inn located in downtown Annapolis. Call us to reserve your room at our toll free number (877) 330-0057. We’ll be very happy to serve you and your family throughout the year.