Annapolis Introduction Walk (Self Guided), Annapolis

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.
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Annapolis Introduction Walk Map

Guide Name: Annapolis Introduction Walk
Guide Location: USA » Annapolis (See other walking tours in Annapolis)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 19
Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 Km or 3.2 Miles
Author: Caroline
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Kunta Kinte - Alex Haley Memorial
  • Ego Alley
  • Middleton Tavern
  • Annapolis Park Historic District
  • William Paca House
  • Naval Academy Chapel
  • Bancroft Hall
  • Naval Academy Museum
  • Hammond-Harwood House
  • Maryland State House
  • Government House
  • Annapolis Post Office
  • St. Anne's Church
  • Banneker-Douglass Museum
  • Maryland Inn
  • Old City Hall and Engine House
  • Main Street
  • First Baptist Church of Eastport
  • Annapolis Maritime Museum
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Kunta Kinte - Alex Haley Memorial

1) Kunta Kinte - Alex Haley Memorial (must see)

Located at the City Dock, the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial is the only memorial in the country honoring the real name and place of arrival of an enslaved African. The Memorial consists of three parts: the Alex Haley sculpture group, the Compass Rose and the Story Wall. The Alex Haley sculpture group depicts Alex Haley sitting in front of three children of different ethnic backgrounds. The Compass Rose made of granite and bronze, points to the true north. The third piece, the Story Wall is actually a row of ten plaques, each of them displaying quotes.
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Ego Alley

2) Ego Alley (must see)

Ego Alley (Annapolis City Dock), is a scenic marina on the Annapolis waterfront, good for walking, shopping, dining, and ship-watching. You can regularly see Naval Academy midshipmen here in uniform on the weekend, coming down to relax and with visiting friends. On the weekends, you can also expect to hear various free musical performances from locals such as the band Little Bird.
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Middleton Tavern

3) Middleton Tavern

Established in 1750, the Middleton Tavern is a historic place which served as the meeting site of many historic personalities. It is also a tavern where Annapolis specialty foods such as crab cakes, rockfish, oysters, and clams can be served. Located in an 18th-century Georgian building, the Middleton Tavern is not only a place to drink and eat; it also hosts some great live music events. You can listen to live acoustic blues, piano, jazz and anything else to make you feel great. Daily hours are Monday to Friday from 11.30 am to 1.30 pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 10.00 am to 1.30 am.
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Annapolis Park Historic District

4) Annapolis Park Historic District (must see)

The Annapolis Park Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006. Annapolis Park contains 354 houses situated along a series of curved streets. The houses are ranch houses, primarily with brick exteriors, and all constructed in 1953-57. A thriving community theater scene, including two venues, is based in the historic district.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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William Paca House

5) William Paca House (must see)

The William Paca House is a historic landmark in Annapolis. The house was constructed in 1765, with its architecture designed by William Paca himself. The Paca House and Garden were built in Georgian style and consist of five brickwork parts. These are the central 2 1/2-storey blocks on a higher platform, the latter being flanked by symmetrical 1 1/2-storey end pavilions. The parts are connected by 1 1/2-storey hyphens. The building's beautiful interior boasts original woodwork and other decorations, keeping the style of the Georgian Era. The William Paca House is an important piece of history and architecture, as it pertains to the Declaration of Independence. The gardens represent precise geometric parterres of three-season blooming flowers, recreating the 18th century garden, familiar from books and letters. Both house and garden are open for visitors Monday to Saturday, from 10 AM to 5 PM, and Sundays from 10 AM to 5 PM (last tour at 3.30 PM).
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Naval Academy Chapel

6) Naval Academy Chapel (must see)

The United States Naval Academy Chapel is one of two houses of worship on the grounds of the Navy's service academy. Protestant and Catholic services are held there. The Naval Academy Chapel is a focal point of the Academy and the city of Annapolis. The chapel is an important feature which led to the Academy being designated a National Historic Landmark in 1961.

The Naval Academy Chapel was designed by Ernest Flagg. In 1940, the Chapel underwent remodeling which doubled the seating capacity to 2,500, to accommodate a larger brigade of midshipmen. In 1995, the Chapel was featured on a U.S. Postal Service postage stamp, honoring the Academy's 150th anniversary. The United States Naval Academy Chapel boasts a 268-rank organ controlled by one of the largest drawknob consoles in the world. Beneath the main chapel is the crypt of John Paul Jones. There is also a small chapel of St. Andrew which has been used for smaller weddings.

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Bancroft Hall

7) Bancroft Hall (must see)

Bancroft Hall at the United States Naval Academy is the largest single dormitory in the world. Bancroft Hall, named after former Secretary of the Navy George Bancroft, is home for the entire brigade of 4,000 midshipmen, and contains some 1,700 rooms, 4.8 miles of corridors, and 33 acres of floor space.

All the basic facilities that midshipmen need for daily living are found in the hall.

Bancroft Hall was designed by Beaux-Arts architect Ernest Flagg and its central rotunda and first two wings were built in 1901–06. Over the intervening years it has been expanded to encompass eight wings of five stories each numbered 0-4. In addition to the midshipmen rooms, Bancroft Hall houses offices for the Commandant of Midshipmen, six battalion officers, six battalion chaplains, thirty company officers and their senior enlisted leaders, a barbershop, bank, travel office, a small restaurant known as "Steerage," textbook store, general store, laundromat, uniform store, cobbler shop, the USNA Band, the USNA branch of the United States Postal Service, a gymnasium, spaces for extracurricular activities, and full medical & dental clinics as well as small optometry and orthopedics clinics. There are rooms in Bancroft dedicated to each Academy graduate Medal of Honor recipient in the Navy or Marine Corps.

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Naval Academy Museum

8) Naval Academy Museum (must see)

The United States Naval Academy Museum is the Annapolis maritime museum, located in Preble Hall. The museum was founded in 1845 and occupies about 12,000 square feet. It consists of four galleries, its collections depicting American naval history. There are thousands of 2D and 3D artworks such as uniforms, weapons, books, flags and photographs. The most popular collections are the Naval Academy Art Collection with its 1200 paintings, The Rogers Ship Model Collection and the Malcolm Storer Naval Medals Collection.

Operation Hours: Monday - Saturday: 9 am -5 pm; Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm
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Hammond-Harwood House

9) Hammond-Harwood House (must see)

The Hammond-Harwood House is one of the premier colonial houses remaining in America from the British colonial period (1607–1776). It is the only existing work of colonial academic architecture that was principally designed from a plate in Andrea Palladio’s I Quattro Libri dell’Architettura.

The house was designed by the architect William Buckland in 1773-74. The house ranks architecturally with many of the great mansions built in the late Colonial period; however, it is the only house directly inspired from a plate in Palladio’s, I Quattro Libri dell’Architettura.

It is arguably the most exquisite house remaining from the Colonial period in America. The Hammond-Harwood House is a five-part brick house with a five-bay two-story central block, two-story end wings and one-story connecting hyphens on either side. The central block has a shallow hipped roof. The wings project toward the street with three-sided hipped-roof bays. The hyphens are rendered as a blind arcade, with the central bay a door opening with a pediment above. There is little decoration, with plain rubbed brick flat arches over the windows. The interior presents the appearance of symmetry where it is in fact not symmetrical, using false doors where necessary to maintain the illusion.

Opening hours:

April - October: Tuesday – Sunday: 12 pm – 5 pm

November-December: Tuesday – Sunday: 12 pm - 4 pm

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Maryland State House

10) 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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Government House

11) 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.
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Annapolis Post Office

12) 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.
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St. Anne's Church

13) 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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Banneker-Douglass Museum

14) 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.
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Maryland Inn

15) 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.
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Old City Hall and Engine House

16) 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.
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Main Street

17) Main Street (must see)

Main Street is as assortment of everything that Annapolis has to offer, and a great point to start a day in town. Nightlife, dining, art, and shopping take center stage on Main Street. Tucked away on this historic street are dozens of restaurants, shops, bars and art galleries, offering shoppers plenty of options to choose from no matter what you’re looking for. Visitors will also find a handful of cafés, ice cream parlors, a bookstore, and souvenir shops.
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First Baptist Church of Eastport

18) First Baptist Church of Eastport

Located in the Eastport district, Annapolis' community center of boating, the First Baptist Church of Eastport is a relatively small church, but extraordinary, lovely and romantic. The church features architecture which is typical of New England, except for the cream-colored building and its dark brown roof, combined with the tower and the front arched window. The First Baptist Church of Eastport is the most prominent landmark in the Eastport area of Annapolis.
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Annapolis Maritime Museum

19) Annapolis Maritime Museum (must see)

The Annapolis Maritime Museum is a museum in the Eastport neighborhood of Annapolis, preserving maritime heritage of the Annapolis area as well as Chesapeke Bay. The museum is located in the 7000 square foot McNasby Oyster Company building and the 600 square foot Barge House. It hosts permanent as well as temporary exhibitions. The museum provides rare access to the waters of Chesapeake Bay, with a great beach where canoes can be launched.

Operation Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 11 am – 3 pm.

Walking Tours in Annapolis, Maryland

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Shopping Tour in Annapolis

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Annapolis Downtown Walking Tour

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