annapolis

5 Things You Didn't Know About Annapolis

Eva Niessner

5 Things You Didn't Know About Annapolis

 

You probably know Annapolis for a few different things -- sailing, the Naval Academy, or the fact that it's the state capital. But there's more to this amazing waterfront city than you might realize! Take a look at the incredible past and present of this picturesque place (and maybe give it a visit this summer, too). 

1. The city was designed to look European

If you feel like you've gone across the pond when you visit, it's by design! Governor Sir Francis Nicholson designed the city that was named to honor Queen Anne to look like the old cities of Europe. That's why there are circular streets around important structures such as the church and state house.

2. It was briefly the US capital

Annapolis lies about 30 minutes from the current US capital, Washington DC, but it had its own turn as the center of government! When the United States was newly independent, Annapolis was its capital. Though it was only for about seven months, from November 1783 to June 1784, it's still pretty cool. 

3. Famous folks have lived here

Fashion designer Christian Siriano, coach Bill Belichick, and actor Robert Duvall have all called the city home at some point. It was also a regular visiting place for President George Washington, who resigned from the Continental Army here in 1783.

4. The Race Across America ends here

Would you ride a bike from California to Maryland? Plenty of people from all over the world do each year in the Race Across America. The race begins in Oceanside, CA, and ends in Annapolis. It usually takes around eight days.

5. One of the country's oldest colleges is located here!

Only Harvard and the College of William and Mary were founded before this unique liberal arts school right in Maryland's capital. It was established in 1696 and still offers students the opportunity to learn by reading the 'great books' -- the curriculum focuses on learning through reading. 

Leave a reply

sort by date

Latest articles

5 Things You Didn't Know About John Waters

06/30/24

5 Things You Didn't Know About John W...

  One of the most iconic Marylanders to have ever lived is the filmmaker, artist, and local character John Waters. You've probably seen some of his films -- either the...

read more
6 Road Trip Essentials from R1A

06/30/24

6 Road Trip Essentials from R1A

July is the perfect time to go on a road trip! Many of us have vacation time to burn, and it's time to gas up the car and grab your friends....

read more
BWI
Let's Fly! 5 Facts You Didn't Know About BWI Airport

06/30/24

Let's Fly! 5 Facts You Didn't Know Ab...

  Whether you're heading a few states over or you're travelling internationally, you've probably been on a plane ride out of BWI Airport just south of Baltimore. But you've probably...

read more
Happy July 4! Here Are A Few Ways to Celebrate

07/02/24

Happy July 4! Here Are A Few Ways to ...

Happy July 4, Marylanders! Today's a great day to relax and unwind outside with a cold drink and a hot dog, but that's not the only thing you can do...

read more
Madame Maryland's Horoscope: July 2024

06/30/24

Madame Maryland's Horoscope: July 2024

  Happy July, Marylanders! There's no feeling like knowing there's still plenty of summer ahead, and trips, dates, and parties await. But what's in store for your sign? Well, Madame...

read more
PETS
10 Life Hacks For Pet Owners

06/12/24

10 Life Hacks For Pet Owners

  Pets make our lives so much better. Our cats and dogs aren't just pets -- they're our best friends, and in many cases, are much better company than other...

read more
SUMMER
3-Ingredient Desserts To Bring To Your Summer Party

06/12/24

3-Ingredient Desserts To Bring To You...

Summer parties are one of the best things about summer. Dinner parties, pool parties, BBQs, birthday parties, picnics...the possibilities are endless! And summer desserts are perhaps the sweetest part of...

read more
Make Dad's Day with These 6 Picks!

06/12/24

Make Dad's Day with These 6 Picks!

  Dad's day is nearly here, and you'd better have a gift that'll cement your spot as the favorite child! Want some help picking the perfect present for Dad? We've...

read more
ANNAPOLIS
5 Things You Didn't Know About Annapolis

05/30/24

5 Things You Didn't Know About Annapolis

  You probably know Annapolis for a few different things -- sailing, the Naval Academy, or the fact that it's the state capital. But there's more to this amazing waterfront...

read more