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“A great place to live.”
Review of Historic Annapolis

Historic Annapolis
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annapolis, md
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“A great place to live.”
Reviewed March 9, 2014

I enjoy learning about our history and Annapolis is an excellent place to discover some interesting and important people, events, structures, stories and myths. I cannot help but laugh at one of the reviews that said that our town was nothing but a collection of pubs and souvenir shops....what an uneducated and ridiculous comment.

Annapolis in the 1700's became a very important place for a variety of political, economic and cultural issues, and some of that can still be witnessed today. The Maryland State House, which began its construction in 1772, was the venue for some monumental events such as George Washington's resignation from the Continental Army and the ending of the Revolutionary War with the ratifying of the Treaty of Paris. Visitors can still stroll through the State House, which is considered to be our nation's oldest legislative entity of its kind that is still in use today.

Important and influential historical figures? Imagine that, Annapolis is full of them. Four signers of the Declaration of Independence resided here and you can even take a tour of some of their homes. John Paul Jones, touted to be the father of our Navy, is entombed in a sarcophagus in a Naval Academy Chapel after his remains were located in France. Francis Scott Key, the author of our national anthem, was educated at Annapolis' St. John's College thought to be the second oldest in the country. Remember Kunta Kinte from the excellent Roots mini series? Author Alex Haley is honored here as well as Kunta KInte, his relative, who was brought by ship to Annapolis Harbor from Africa to be auctioned off as a slave.

Onto more lighter subjects.....Annapolis, like many older towns, has tales of ghostly figures that haunt various establishments. You can hear more about these hauntings during one of the city's tours. Middleton Tavern, which began to operate as early as 1740 and included such visitors as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin, is also deemed to be haunted by a ghost named Roland.

Want to enjoy the water? There are numerous outfits that will take you onto the Bay, whether it be by power or sail. Want to see some incredible yachts? Grab a cone, hot dog, or sandwich and sit at Ego Alley the small canal that lets captains show off their vessels.

Besides what I mentioned above there is so much more to Annapolis - the churches, yes pubs, shops, museums, restaurants, taverns, the Naval Academy, architecture etc. If you want history with a touch of class, a nice Bay breeze, a good stroll, beautiful views, and some great local seafood, visit Annapolis and look beyond, Main Street as you will discover a truly unique town.

Visited March 2014
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“Not Much History to See”
Reviewed March 8, 2014

There's little history left to see in historic Annapolis . . . just bars and souvenir shops. It's more faux-historic. It's a nice little town on the water with not much parking. Best to take a cab to avoid traffic.

Visited March 2014
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Washington DC
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“Our favorite weekend escape from DC”
Reviewed March 3, 2014

We like everything about it! Great architecture, wonderful active waterfront, friendly merchants and a good variety of local restaurants to choose from. Favorites of ours: Cantlers, Harry Browns, Piccolo Roma and without question Annapolis Ice Cream for the BEST ICE CREAM ANYWHERE!

Visited March 2014
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“History Abounds”
Reviewed March 2, 2014

Uniforms, ships, yachts, quaint shops, old homes - just a great feeling being in Annapolis. It's a long ride from the Philadelphia area, but a stop in Baltimore can help break it up.

Visited March 2014
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Hancock, Maryland
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“A Neat Area”
Reviewed February 25, 2014

We loved Historic Annapolis. We went to O'Brien's Oyster Bar and the Starbucks by the bay. We also liked the view of the bay and the capital building as we were walking. There were also lots of other restaurants, coffee shops, and ice cream places in the area. 5 Stars.

Visited February 2014
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