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April 2012

Historic Annapolis: "A Museum Without Walls"

We drove to Annapolis, the State Capital of Maryland today. It was an easy day trip from our hotel in Maryland, and only 32 miles from Washington DC. It is a beautiful seaport situated along the Chesapeake Bay, and what a wonderful bridge, it is! With a shore-to-shore length of 4.3 miles, the bridges are among the world's longest and most scenic over-water structures.

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.

approximately 32 miles from Washington and 26 miles from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. See a map..

Maryland State House[/b] – Annapolis is home to the oldest State House in continuous legislative use in the nation. It is also the only state house in the country that also served as the nation's capitol. The Continental Congress met in the Old Senate Chamber from November 26, 1783 to August 13, 1784. During this time, George Washington appeared before Congress to resign his commission as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army. It was here that the Treaty of Paris was ratified, marking the official end of the Revolutionary War.

[b]Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial[/b] - Annapolis City Dock. This memorial, located at the City Dock in Annapolis, commemorates the place that Alex Haley's African ancestor, Kunta Kinte, arrived in Annapolis aboard a African slave ship in 1767. The bronze statues is a sculpture depicting Alex Haley, author of the book “Roots,” reading to three children of different ethnic backgrounds. <img width="196" height="187" align="left" class="yui-img" alt="Alex Haley Memorial" src="http://www.visitannapolis.org/includes/content/images/media/Alex.Haley.Vertical.2.jpg" border="0">.

Thurgood Marshall became the first African American to be appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. A [b]memorial of Thurgood Marshall graces Lawyers' Mall, also known as State House Square.

In 1845, the school that eventually became the U.S. Naval Academy[/b] was established at Fort Severn, Annapolis, with seven professors and 40 midshipmen. Today, it educates and prepares for military duty some 4,000 midshipmen and &#8211;women

Scotland-born seaman[b] John Paul Jones, sometimes referred to as the father of the United States Navy, served as an illustrious captain during the Revolutionary War. He died and was buried in Paris in 1792. President Teddy Roosevelt initiated a search for his body, which was brought to Annapolis in 1903. In 1913, the body was interred in the sarcophagus in the Navy chapel (modeled after the tomb of Napoleon).

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Took the Hop-On, Hop Off Bus to Arlington Cemetery

Trivia: On November 11, 1963 President Kennedy laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetary for Veterans Day. Exactly two weeks later he would be buried there at the cemetery.

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