Location: Maryland State House; Annapolis. MD
From a Maryland vacation a few years ago, which included a day-trip to Annapolis, a charming city I highly recommend visiting. The history of this place was not lost on me. I couldn’t help thinking that I was walking on the same floor that George Washington and Thomas Jefferson walked on. Wow!
The Maryland Statehouse is the third Capitol on the “State Circle” in downtown Annapolis, built 1772-1779. It is the where many important events in the birth of our Nation took place. It is the only State Capitol to have served as the U.S. Capitol, from November 26, 1783-August 13, 1784, when the Continental Congress convened here and where George Washington resigned his commission. The Treaty of Paris ending the Revolutionary War was ratified in this building, Thomas Jefferson appointed Minister Plenipotentiary (I had to look that one up; it means “a diplomat with full authority”) and where the Annapolis Convention issued the call to the States that led to the Constitutional Convention.
The Maryland State House is the oldest State House/Capitol in the U.S. that is still in legislative use. The original section of the building houses museum exhibits of the Continental Congress and George Washington, Old House of Delegates Chamber and archives. The Annex Addition, built 1902-5, is home to the governor, lieutenant governor, speaker of the House of Delegates and president of the Senate offices and Maryland General Assembly, which convenes there for three months each year. The dome is the largest wooden dome built without nails in the nation and today, is still held together by wooden pegs and reinforced by iron straps. The lightening rod atop the dome is a “Franklin” rod. The State House was was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1968 and recently re-opened after renovation and restoration.