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Annapolis Downtown Walking Tour (Self Guided), Annapolis

The core of Annapolis is home to the city's greatest sights. All these structures laid in brick form the architectural scene in Annapolis. Maryland Statehouse, St. Anne's Church, the famous Maryland Inn and others will make you experience history and culture in Annapolis. Join the tour to see the city's beautiful downtown area.
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Annapolis Downtown Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Annapolis Downtown Walking Tour
Guide Location: USA » Annapolis (See other walking tours in Annapolis)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.7 Km or 0.4 Miles
Author: AudreyB
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Banneker-Douglass Museum
  • St. Anne's Church
  • Annapolis Post Office
  • Maryland Inn
  • Old City Hall and Engine House
  • Government House
  • Thurgood Marshall Memorial
  • Maryland State House
Banneker-Douglass Museum

1) Banneker-Douglass Museum (must see)

The Banneker-Douglass Museum is a museum that preserves African American heritage. The museum is located in the Mt. Moriah African Methodist Episcopal Church, built in 1875 in Gothic style. The museum displays contributions of Benjamin Banneker, Kunta Kinte, Harriet Tubman, Matthew Henson, James Pennington, Frederick Douglass and Thurgood Marshall. There are also exhibitions depicting African American life and art, and covering issues of slavery and change in the education system in the US. As home to African-American history and culture, the museum organizes workshops, lectures and performances. The name "Banneker-Douglass" comes from the famous free African American astronomer and mathematician Benjamin Banneker and the leader of the Abolitionism movement, Frederick Douglass.
St. Anne's Church

2) St. Anne's Church (must see)

St. Anne's Episcopal Church is a historic Episcopal church located in Church Circle. The first church in Annapolis, it was founded in 1692 to serve as the parish church for the newly created Middle Neck Parish, one of the original 30 Anglican parishes in the Province of Maryland.

Since St. Anne's was often referred to by writers of the time as a "barn" rather than a "proper place of worship", many locals asked the government for a new church in 1775. Their wish was granted, and in late 1775, the church was razed. Finally, in 1792, the new St. Anne's church was finished. It was much larger and more structurally secure than it predecessor. On February 14, 1858, a furnace fire practically destroyed the interior of the building. Most of the original documents from the old church burned, and a new church building was requested. The third and final church was built in 1858. It was designed in a Romanesque Revival style and incorporated a portion of the old tower. Most of the church was built in that year apart from the steeple which was finished in 1866 due to the Civil War. This is St. Anne's current church building.

Opening hours: Monday – Thursday: 8 am - 4 pm; Friday: 8 am - 12 pm

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Annapolis Post Office

3) Annapolis Post Office

The Annapolis Post Office is an outstanding 2 1/2-storey building laid in English bond brick. Built in 1901, it features Georgian Revival architecture represented by the traditional three-parts facade with a three-bay central section. There are also impressive elements such as a classical stone cornice, a neo-Palladian doorway and windows, the balustrade and the Wren style cupola, Venetian windows etc. The building's impressive interior features mainly woodwork, especially oak panelling.
Maryland Inn

4) Maryland Inn

One of the main charms of Annapolis historic inns is the Maryland Inn. Built in 1720, Maryland Inn features an imposing design determined by its semi-octagonal shape and its red brick laid in Flemish bond. The building is 3 1/2 storeys of imposing brickwork landmark, with its floor levels emphasized by belt courses. Maryland Inn has operated continuously since the 18th century and is today considered a significant piece of Annapolis history and architecture.
Old City Hall and Engine House

5) Old City Hall and Engine House

The Old City Hall and Engine House form a small historic municipal building located on Main Street. The two-and-a-half-storey building composed of three brick bays was constructed between 1821 and 1822. The structure is popular as it is the first building constructed as a part of the municipality. The "Engine House" is named after the presence of a fire station on the first floor, having selected the above meeting room for town council. In 1868 the building was sold for commercial pruposes, and it is today a landmark listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Government House

6) Government House

Also located at State Circle, the Government House is the residence of Maryland's Governor. The house was constructed in 1870 according to the design of Baltimore architect R. Snowden Andrews. Originally built as a representative of the Victorian mansion wave, today it is a Georgian-style country house. The Government House features seven public rooms, Entrance Hall, Reception Room, Victorian Library, Parlor, Conservatory, State Dining Room and Drawing Room, all these preserving important pieces of history and culture.
Thurgood Marshall Memorial

7) Thurgood Marshall Memorial

Thurgood Marshall Memorial was erected in 1996 in honor of the first African-American U.S. Supreme Court member, Thurgood Marshall. In 1954, Thurgood Marshall stood against the issue of school segregation before the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. As a result, opposite his statue there stands another monument consisting of a bench with two school kids, symbolizing the victory in that particular case. Across from the bench with the children, there is another bench with Donald Gaines Murray.
Maryland State House

8) Maryland State House (must see)

The Maryland State House is located in Annapolis and is the oldest state capitol in continuous legislative use, dating to 1772. It houses the Maryland General Assembly and offices of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor. The capitol has the distinction of being topped by the largest wooden dome in the United States constructed without nails. The current building, which was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960 is the third statehouse on its site. The building is administered by the State House Trust, which was created in 1969.

The statehouse was designed by Joseph Horatio Anderson, a noted architect of the time. The two-story building is of brick construction in the middle of State Circle. The building is designed in the popular Georgian style of the day. A small portico juts out from the center of the building and is topped by a pediment, two high arched windows frame the entrance. The dome of the statehouse is depicted on the Maryland state quarter.

Opening hours: Monday – Sunday: 9 am - 5 pm

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Walking Tours in Annapolis, Maryland

Create Your Own Walk in Annapolis

Create Your Own Walk in Annapolis

Creating your own self-guided walk in Annapolis is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Annapolis Historic Houses Tour

Annapolis Historic Houses Tour

Annapolis is an attractive city and its landmarks bustle with five parts red brick mansions, all of them under 2 1/2-storeys. You will also find splendid mansion interiors with accents on woodwork or other elements of the prevailing Georgian style. Take a walk through the great tale of little historic houses in Annapolis.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 Km or 1 Miles
Art Galleries Walking Tour in Annapolis

Art Galleries Walking Tour in Annapolis

Annapolis is not only the sailing capital of the United States, it is also a place where art has a significant value. As a result, the city has a large variety of art galleries, concentrating on any type of art from painting to sculpture and from photographs to jewelry. You will also have the possibility to enjoy the local artists of Annapolis and the local bay beauty depicted in the Marine Art...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 Km or 1.2 Miles
Best Pubs and Taverns in Annapolis

Best Pubs and Taverns in Annapolis

As Annapolis is the sailing capital of Maryland, the city enjoys numerous exciting places offering great beer and seafood till late at night. There are pubs, saloons and bars, the majority of them hosting live music nights, as well as different contests. This guide will introduce you to the nightlife in Annapolis, and will also allow you to try its specialty seafood and drinks.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 Km or 0.7 Miles
Shopping Tour in Annapolis

Shopping Tour in Annapolis

As Annapolis has a rich history and culture, the city is bursting with amazing stores offering primarily handmade art. Annapolis is a place where you cannot feel the difference between a gallery and a shop, because of the love and beauty with which these are nurtured. There are also great shops that sell interesting stuff like NAVY apparel or the world's most famous comics like Batman....  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.7 Km or 0.4 Miles
Annapolis Introduction Walk

Annapolis Introduction Walk

In addition to the historic houses of Annapolis, the city is home to more great pieces of culture and history, such as the First Presbyterian Church and St. Mary's Parish, the fabulous Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial in the City Dock, etc. You will also be able to take a walk to the Eastport neighborhood to see the Maritime Museum and get familiar with the boating community of Annapolis.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 Km or 3.2 Miles
Naval Academy Campus Walking Tour

Naval Academy Campus Walking Tour

Established in 1845 under George Bancroft, the US Naval Academy is Annapolis' most prominent complex, situated right at the confluence of Severn River and Chesapeake Bay. The Academy's campus has on its territory some of the most beautiful structures in the city. Following this guide, you will find a variety of attractions, including the museum, outstanding buildings, some monuments, the...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 Km or 1.9 Miles