Annapolis, Maryland

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Registered spouses were welcome to attend all meals, including the Welcome Reception on Sunday, September 9, the Keynote Address on the morning of Monday, September 10, and the Reception and Dinner on the evening of Monday, September 10, as well as breakfasts. The Spouse registration fee this year was US$195.

Exploring Annapolis
Annapolis, the state capital of Maryland, is a beautiful historical seaport situated along the Chesapeake Bay. Founded in 1649, it served briefly as the nation's Capital in 1783. Annapolis is located in Anne Arundel County, approximately 32 miles from Washington and 26 miles from Baltimore's Inner Harbor. The city boasts more 18th century buildings than anywhere else in the United States, including the homes of all four Maryland signers of the Declaration of Independence.

Annapolis is a fun place to explore, with lots of great museums, shopping and restaurants. At the heart of Annapolis lies Main Street and State Circle with the State House topped by its extraordinary dome. The State House, built in 1772, is the oldest state capital building in the United States still in legislative use. At the foot of Main Street is the City Dock and the famous "Ego Alley", where all sizes of boats parade every summer day. At the head of the City Dock, a memorial commemorates the 1767 arrival of Kunta Kinte, whose story was told by his descendent Alex Haley, in Roots.

Annapolis is also home to the U.S. Naval Academy and St. Johns College.

Annapolis Main Street
Main Street in Annapolis, Maryland, with St. Anne's Episcopal Church at the top of the hill.

Annapolis can be rainy year round, but September tends to be pleasant, dry, and warm with average temperatures in the 70s.

Annapolis view from Spa Creek
Annapolis, Maryland

Annapolis has numerous golf courses located closeby, with a wide variety of golf terrains and challenges for golfers of all skill levels. Public 18-hole courses in the area include Bay Hills Golf Club, the Eisenhower Golf Course, the Renditions Course - featuring replicas of holes from major championship venues, and the Compass Pointe Golf Courses.

Compass Pointe
Compass Pointe

Area Attractions
For more information on attractions in Annapolis, visit the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Conference & Visitors Bureau. (Most photos of Annapolis, Maryland on this site are courtesy of the Visitor's Bureau. Thank you.).
United States Naval Academy
121 Blake Road
Annapolis, MD 21402
(410) 263-6933
Admission is Free, Walking Tours $7
Monday-Saturday: 9:00am-5:00pm

Founded in 1845, the Naval Academy gives young men and women the up-to-date academic and professional training needed to be effective naval and marine officers in their assignments after graduation. The shady, august grounds of the academy are open to visitors. Walking tours will take you past the chapel where John Paul Jones is buried and many a midshipman is wed, the bronze figurehead of Tecumseh, and dock after dock of the boats on which our sailors learn to sail. Any trip should start at the impressive new visitors center, where you can watch a short film, see the actual Freedom 7 space capsule flown by Alan Shepard ('44) and shop for all manner of Navy goods. On the grounds, the U. S. Naval Academy Museum serves as an educational and inspirational resource for the students, for those interested in American naval history, and for thousands of visitors each year.

The visitorís center is located just beyond Gate 1, at the end of King George Street, but Gate 3 provides the quickest access to the Academy museum, located in Preble Hall (a photo id is required for entrance). Tours of the Yard and Academy buildings can be arranged at the visitorsí center. Please check the current security restrictions before planning a visit. All visitors over the age of 16 must have a valid picture ID.

Naval Academy
Boating outside the Naval Academy

William Paca House and Garden
186 Prince George Street
Annapolis, Maryland
(410) 267-7619
$8 adults, $5 children (6-17)

The William Paca House is one of the most elegant landmarks in Annapolis. Constructed between 1763-1765, the five-part Georgian residence was built as a town home for William Paca, a wealthy young planter who was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. The estate is well-known for its two-acre pleasure garden featuring five terraces, a fish-shaped pond, and a wilderness garden. It is furnished with a fine collection of antique furniture, silver, and decorative arts. Changing exhibits highlight different aspects of everyday life in the 1760s and 1770s for William Paca, his wife, Mary, and other members of their household.

Annapolis City Dock & Ego Alley
At the end of Dock Street, near the Naval Academy Visitor Center and Annapolis Market House

The Annapolis waterfront, largely unchanged in a century, is a reviewing stand of all things nautical. Shop for a brass bell at Fawcett Boat Supplies or a brass crab at one of the gift shops. Dockside dining ranges from the venerable Middleton Tavern to the excellent rum punches at the Marriott's Pusser's Landing. And it all wraps around the deep-water inlet known as Ego Alley, the runway for an ongoing marine fashion show. Grab a cup of coffee from the old city market and watch the preening powerboats glug-glug to and fro.

Annapolis Ego Alley
Ego Alley in Annapolis, Maryland

The Maryland State House
350 Rowe Boulevard
Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 974- 3400
Monday - Friday: 9:00am-5:00pm
Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am-4:00pm

The beautiful Maryland State House is the oldest state capitol still in continuous legislative use. Construction of the State House, which was designed by Joseph Horatio Anderson, was begun in 1772, delayed by the outbreak of the American Revolution, and completed in 1779. The Maryland State House was the first peacetime capitol of the United States and is the only state house ever to have served as the nation's capitol. The Continental Congress met in the Old Senate Chamber from November 26, 1783, to August 13, 1784. During that time, General George Washington came before the Congress to resign his commission as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army and the Treaty of Paris was ratified, marking the official end of the Revolutionary War.

Maryland State House
Maryland State House, Annapolis