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Maryland State House

During our trip from Washington to Newark we walked around in the centre of Annapolis for 2 hours.
This charming little town (± 40,000 Annapolitans) is located on the Chesapeake Bay and has a rich history.
The city was founded in 1649 by Puritans from Virginia. First the settlement was called Providence, later changed to Anna Arundel Town. In 1694 the city got its current name, Annapolis, after Princess Anne of Denmark and Norway, soon to be the Queen Anne of Great Britain.
Annapolis was incorporated as a city in 1708.

From November 26, 1783 to June 3, 1784, Annapolis was the seat of the US Congress that was housed in the Maryland Statehouse, so Annapolis became the first peacetime capital of the United States.
The Maryland State House is the oldest in continuous legislative use in the United States. Construction started in 1772, and the Maryland legislature first met there in 1779.
The building is topped by the largest wooden dome built without nails in the country.
The tower of the Maryland Statehouse dominates the city and can be seen from many places in the city.

■ Picture 1: ◄ The wooden dome without nails ►
■ Picture 2: ◄ High above Main St Min Mart ►
■ Picture 3: ◄ High above Starbucks ►

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Additional Photos by Rob Zwemmer (alvaraalto) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5078 W: 320 N: 8957] (35180)
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