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Another in my ongoing project to visit and photograph all 50 US state capitol buildings. This series is from Annapolis, the capital city of Maryland.

Maryland, the state of my birth, is home to one of the most storied and interesting state houses in the country. Annapolis itself is a fascinating city, and I've gone over some of its history in previous posts, but as a port on the Chesapeake Bay it ranks among the earliest settled areas in the United States (at least by Europeans). Founded originally in 1649, it became a major slave trade port (as I alluded to in this earlier post) and was established as the capital of the colony of Maryland in 1694.

The Maryland State House is the oldest of the bunch; built originally in 1779, it also holds the distinction of being the only state house to ever house the US Federal Government. Before the creation of Washington DC, Congress met in several different locations; over the summer of 1783, it met in Annapolis, in the old chambers of the Maryland House and Senate. It was in this building that the 1783 Treaty of Paris, officially ending the American Revolution and establishing the United States as a truly independent nation, was ratified by Congress.

Today it is the centerpiece of historic Annapolis, which has become a tourist destination, especially since the creation of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge just to the east of the city, the only crossing of the Chesapeake between almost Pennsylvania and Virginia. Much of downtown Annapolis has been preserved or rebuilt as a historic port, and it's a beautiful area to wander. The interior of the building has also largely become a museum, with the old House and Senate chambers restored to their 18th century appearance even as an addition with new legislative chambers was created at the start of the 20th century.

Larger version on Flickr, here.
Full Maryland set on Flickr, here.

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