The Treaty of Paris Period began on September 3, 1783, when it was signed to end the Revolutionary War, and ended on May 25, 1787, when the Constitutional Convention began in Philadelphia. Below are the first 6 of 13 stops, representing each of the original states.
1 – The Secret Tunnel
The Treaty of Paris Trail begins with a secret tunnel underneath a Starbucks. If the British had attacked Annapolis during the war for independence, the Continental Congress would have used it to escape. (Address: 16 Church Circle)
2 – The 14 Forgotten Presidents
Believe it or not, the United States had 14 presidents before George Washington. The exhibit at the Crown and Crab Room of the Maryland Inn will honor each one. (Address: 16 Church Circle)
3 – The Jefferson House
When Thomas Jefferson first came to Annapolis in 1783, he lived in this building, where he rented a room for the first two months of the 1783-84 session of the Continental Congress. (Address: 30 West Street)
4 – The Jefferson & Monroe House
Did you know Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe were roommates? The fellow Virginians and future presidents lived together for two months in 1784. They did Annapolis in style, hiring a French chef who cooked all of their meals! (Address: 8 Church Circle)
5 – The Maryland State House
Outside there will be a sign that summarizes all the key events that occurred in Annapolis during the Treaty of Paris Period. “From November 26, 1783 to August 13, 1784, Annapolis was the capital of the United States. The Congress of the Confederation met in the Maryland State House.” Wikipedia (Address: 100 State Circle).
6 – The Maryland State House’s Old Senate Chamber
Enter the Maryland State House and discover where the Continental Congress accepted George Washington’s resignation from the Army, ratified the Treaty of Paris and appointed Thomas Jefferson as Minister to France after the Revolutionary War. (Address: 100 State Circle)
A B&B Near the Secret Tunnel
The Secret Tunnel, Stop 1 of the Treaty of Paris Trail, is less than half a mile away from Gibson’s Lodgings, a historic inn located in downtown Annapolis. Call us to reserve your bed & breakfast room at our toll free number 877-330-0057. We’ll be very happy to serve you and your family throughout the year.