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Historian Annapolis Written by local bloggers, our stories are Your Guide to the City. Created by Annapolis Discovered.

Written by local history buffs, blogs on Historian Annapolis bring readers insider perspectives on the newest museum exhibits, centuries-old landmarks, preservation initiatives happening within our historic city, and spotlights on leading local historians. For local perspectives on Annapolis’ rich colonial, maritime, and African American history, click on Historian Annapolis.

Mission: To promote the historical experiences that can be found in Annapolis Maryland.

Franklin House, a white Federal Colonial house located in downtown Annapolis, was built in 1908. What does it serve as n...
06/26/2019
A Peek Inside of Franklin House

Franklin House, a white Federal Colonial house located in downtown Annapolis, was built in 1908. What does it serve as now? Read our blog to see!

“What goes on in this house?” That’s a question owner Sean Finter often hears from by passers-by and visitors of Annapolis when he’s out working in the yard at 59 Franklin Street. The answer is a lot. Franklin House, a white Federal Colonial house located in downtown Annapolis just two block...

House moving up Main Street | Charles E. Emery "For three days in the middle of the week back in October 1955 t...
06/25/2019

House moving up Main Street | Charles E. Emery 

"For three days in the middle of the week back in October 1955 this house was moved from the corner of Main and Conduit Streets, up and around Church Circle and down College Avenue to St. John’s campus. This historic building now sits facing King George Street and houses the administrative offices for the college. "

(📸 IG @annapolis_collection)

Crabs and Natty Boh, circa 1950by  A. Aubrey Bodine. (📸 IG @annapolis_collection)
06/24/2019

Crabs and Natty Boh, circa 1950
by A. Aubrey Bodine. (📸 IG @annapolis_collection)

Our favorite historical sites and places that thrive on learning about our own histories are offering up ways to immerse...
06/23/2019
5 Ways to Have a Fun Historic Experiences in Annapolis this June - Annapolis Discovered

Our favorite historical sites and places that thrive on learning about our own histories are offering up ways to immerse yourself in the past and take away a lesson for the present day. Read our blog to discover the ways to explore our city!

You don’t have to look far to find something fun, educational — or both — this Summer! Here are a few history events that will carry us into the Summer Solstice of 2019.

Photo of the Four Rivers Garden Club May Day at City Dock! Have you seen this photo on West Street? (📸 : @annapolis_c...
06/22/2019

Photo of the Four Rivers Garden Club May Day at City Dock! Have you seen this photo on West Street?

(📸 : @annapolis_collection )

#WestStreet #annapolis #annapolisdiscovered #visitannapolis #historicannapolis #historianannapolis #annapolishistoricdistrict #downtownannapolis

Fun at the Beach - Aubrey Bodine.(📸 : @annapolis_collection )#annapolis #annapolisdiscovered #visitannapolis #histori...
06/21/2019

Fun at the Beach - Aubrey Bodine.

(📸 : @annapolis_collection )

#annapolis #annapolisdiscovered #visitannapolis #historianannapolis #annapolishistory #historicannapolis

Since summer is fast approaching and the halls of the schools all around the country are slowly drifting into hibernatio...
06/20/2019
Historic Academies in Anne Arundel County - Annapolis Discovered

Since summer is fast approaching and the halls of the schools all around the country are slowly drifting into hibernation mode, we took some time to appreciate the history of Higher Education in Annapolis and throughout Anne Arundel County. Read our blog to learn more about it!

Since summer is fast approaching and the halls of the schools all around the country are slowly drifting into hibernation mode, take some time to appreciate the history of Higher Education in Annapolis and throughout Anne Arundel County.

Grist Mill Office (1948) - A. Aubrey Bodine.John W. Amosin the office of Grist Mill.(📷: @annapolis_collection )#annap...
06/19/2019

Grist Mill Office (1948) - A. Aubrey Bodine.

John W. Amosin the office of Grist Mill.

(📷: @annapolis_collection )

#annapolis #annapolishistory #annapolisdiscovered #visitannapolis #historianannapolis #historicannapolis #annapolislocal #MDinfocus

Old Annapolis - in black and white prints by Charles Emery(📸 : @annapolis_collection)#Annapolis #visitannapolis #anna...
06/18/2019

Old Annapolis - in black and white prints by Charles Emery

(📸 : @annapolis_collection)

#Annapolis #visitannapolis #annapolisdiscovered #historianannapolis #annapolishistory #historicannapolis #oldAnnapolis #annapolishistoricdistrict #downtownannapolis #MDinfocus

Goldie Hawn - World War II Memorial Overlook, Annapolis, MD Photo by Joseph Kipple, May, 1964 #annapolis #historicannapo...
06/13/2019

Goldie Hawn - World War II Memorial Overlook, Annapolis, MD
Photo by Joseph Kipple, May, 1964

#annapolis #historicannapolis #historicalphotography #visitannapolis #annapolisdiscovered #historianannapolis #annapolismd #annapolishistory
( #📷 @ajkatzart )

Fun Fact: From 1782-1784, prior to the construction of Washington D.C, Annapolis served as the United States Capitol!  (...
06/12/2019

Fun Fact: From 1782-1784, prior to the construction of Washington D.C, Annapolis served as the United States Capitol!

(📸 : @tipsypilot )

#annapolis #maryland #mdinfocus #marylandphotographer #churchcircle #visitannapolis #annapolisdiscovered #historianannapolis #chesapeakebay #annapolisharbor #annapolislocal #downtownannapolis #annapolishistory

Does anyone know what stores live here now? ? Table for Ladies by Charles E. Emery#annapolis #dta #shoplocal #artgallery...
06/11/2019

Does anyone know what stores live here now? ?

Table for Ladies by Charles E. Emery

#annapolis #dta #shoplocal #artgallery #painting #historicannapolis #photogtaphy #annapolisartdistrict #historianannapolis #annapolishistory #visitannapolis #annapolisdiscovered #historicannapolis

( #📷 @annapolis_collection )

06/09/2019

Although it took 22 years to build, it was finally finished in 1794 and is the oldest US state capitol still in use!

(📸 : @tipsypilot)

#annapolis #maryland #mdinfocus #marylandphotographer #churchcircle #visitannapolis #annapolisdiscovered #historianannapolis #chesapeakebay #annapolisharbor #annapolislocal #downtownannapolis #annapolishistory

Can you believe Church Circle is 300 years old?? ( #📷 @tipsypilot )#annapolis #maryland #mdinfocus #marylandphotograp...
06/08/2019

Can you believe Church Circle is 300 years old??

( #📷 @tipsypilot )

#annapolis #maryland #mdinfocus #marylandphotographer #churchcircle #visitannapolis #annapolisdiscovered #historianannapolis #chesapeakebay #annapolisharbor #annapolislocal #downtownannapolis #annapolishistory

You see them once then you see them everywhere! Where are your favorite historical markers? #historianannpolis #historic...
06/07/2019

You see them once then you see them everywhere! Where are your favorite historical markers?

#historianannpolis #historicannapolis #annapolisdiscovered #annapolis #annapolismd #annapolislocal #downtownannapolis #annapolishistory

Old radio towers pictured in Annapolis. ☎️ 📷 @_batphotography )#historicannapolis #annapolishistory #historicanna...
06/06/2019

Old radio towers pictured in Annapolis. ☎️

📷 @_batphotography )

#historicannapolis #annapolishistory #historicannapolis #annapolisdiscovered #visitannapolis #annapolis #annapolismd #annapolislocal #naptownlocal

An alternative perspective of the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial in downtown.( #📷 @jafer.zoubi )#annapolis #downtown...
06/05/2019

An alternative perspective of the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial in downtown.

( #📷 @jafer.zoubi )

#annapolis #downtownannapolis #annapolismemorial #visitannapolis #annapolisdiscovered #naptownlocal #citydock #egoalley #historicannapolis

Work in progress of a new exhibit being installed at the Waterfront Warehouse! It is a large-scale model of the colonial...
06/03/2019

Work in progress of a new exhibit being installed at the Waterfront Warehouse! It is a large-scale model of the colonial Annapolis seaport. It has been recently cleaned and restored and installed on a new base for its re-debut! 🛳

(📸 : @historicannapolis )

#historicannapolis #visitannapolis #waterfrontwarehouse #downtownannapolis #annapolis #annapolisdiscovered #historianannapolis #annapolishistory

Annapolis is known for diligently preserving and sharing their history!  This historic marker and ones like it can be sp...
06/02/2019

Annapolis is known for diligently preserving and sharing their history! This historic marker and ones like it can be spotted all over downtown to indicate where historical sites are! This one is in yellow which means this home has 20th-century distinctive architecture.

( 📸: @towerteamannapolis)

#historicannapolis #annapolisdiscovered #historianannapolis #visitannapolis #annapolis #annapolismd #downtownannapolis #annapolislocal #annapolishistoricdistrict

Another one of Annapolis' historic spots is the Georgian mansion built in 1769 by Samuel Chase, a signer of the Declarat...
06/01/2019

Another one of Annapolis' historic spots is the Georgian mansion built in 1769 by Samuel Chase, a signer of the Declaration of Independence!
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(📸: #jamessabulsky )

#annapolishistory #annapolis #annapolismd #historicannapolis #annapolisdiscovered #visitannapolis #historianannapolis

Some things never get old...Watermen dredging for oysters II by Charles E. Emery.Dredging Chesapeake Bay oysters, circa ...
05/31/2019

Some things never get old...
Watermen dredging for oysters II by Charles E. Emery.

Dredging Chesapeake Bay oysters, circa 1950.

(📸 : @annapolis_collection

#annapolishistory #historianannapolis #annapolis #chesepeakebay #visitannapolis #annapolisdiscovered #historicannapolis #annapolismd

05/31/2019
Architecture in Annapolis

The city of Annapolis is sometimes described as a “museum without walls” and that is certainly true when it comes to the beautiful architecture.

Every brick has a story 📸Credit: billydewitt#annapolis #downtownannapolis #steeple #statecapitol #maryland #annapolis...
05/30/2019

Every brick has a story

📸Credit: billydewitt

#annapolis #downtownannapolis #steeple #statecapitol #maryland #annapolishistory #visitannapolis #brick #architecture #historicannapolis #historic #annapolisdiscovered

Delving into the history of the Blue Angels and their origin, they got their start at the end of World War II. Check out...
05/23/2019
History of the Blue Angels - Annapolis Discovered

Delving into the history of the Blue Angels and their origin, they got their start at the end of World War II. Check out the new blog to learn more!

#HistorianAnnapolis #AnnapolisHistory #preservation #BlueAngels #CommissioningWeek #USNA #Navy

Each year during Commissioning Week is the Blue Angels air show, what a better time to elve into the history of the Blue Angels and their origin.

In honor of the U.S. Naval Academy’s Commissioning Week kicks off, here is a glimpse into the Class of 1912 with this ...
05/22/2019

In honor of the U.S. Naval Academy’s Commissioning Week kicks off, here is a glimpse into the Class of 1912 with this dress parade photo now at Evergreen ⚓️🇺🇸
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.( #📷 @evergreen_antiques )

#usna #classof1912 #classof2019 #commissioningweek #historicannapolis #vintagephotography #annapolisdiscovered #visitannapolis #historianannapolis #annapolis #navalacademy

Land of Pleasant Living! Circa 1960s.(📸 : @bay_branded)#vintage #annapolis #dta #local #nattyboh #visitannapolis #ann...
05/21/2019

Land of Pleasant Living! Circa 1960s.

(📸 : @bay_branded)

#vintage #annapolis #dta #local #nattyboh #visitannapolis #annapolisdiscovered #lifestyleannapolis

Did you know the Maryland State House is the first and only state house to serve as the nation’s capital?⠀📸: KENN...
05/20/2019

Did you know the Maryland State House is the first and only state house to serve as the nation’s capital?


📸: KENNETH TOM PHOTOGRAPHY⠀⠀
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#annapolisdiscovered #visitannapolis #historianannapolis #annapolishistory #marylandstatehouse #annapolis #annapolismaryland #historicsites #historictravel ( #📷 @usatodaytravel )

Flashback to St. John's College, 1940 by Aubrey Bodine.(📸 : @annapolis_collection)#historicannapolis #historicdta #hi...
05/18/2019

Flashback to St. John's College, 1940
by Aubrey Bodine.

(📸 : @annapolis_collection)

#historicannapolis #historicdta #historianannapolis #local #dta #localphotography #localart #visitannapolis #annapolisdiscovered⠀#SJC #stjohnscollege

Pinkney Street, Annapolis MD - 1965(📸: @annapolis_collection#historicannapolis #historicdta #historianannapolis #loca...
05/17/2019

Pinkney Street, Annapolis MD - 1965

(📸: @annapolis_collection

#historicannapolis #historicdta #historianannapolis #local #dta #localphotography #localart #visitannapolis #annapolisdiscovered

James Brice House Hard Hat TourSaturday, May 18 Step under the scaffolding at the James Brice House and discover preserv...
05/16/2019

James Brice House Hard Hat Tour
Saturday, May 18


Step under the scaffolding at the James Brice House and discover preservation in progress both inside and out of this architectural gem! Follow the work of the highly-skilled craftspeople working on this restoration project of a lifetime and learn more about the history of this special house.

Location: Meet at the William Paca House and Garden, 186 Prince George Street

Time: 10:30 am - 12 pm

Cost: $18 General Admission

Chesapeake Bay Workboat races by Aubrey Bodine, (Circa 1927). Eastern Shore men (and women) watching the race from benea...
05/15/2019

Chesapeake Bay Workboat races by Aubrey Bodine, (Circa 1927).

Eastern Shore men (and women) watching the race from beneath some unfurled sails.

More black and white prints by Aubrey Bodine, currently on display in the Gallery, 55 West Street.

(📸 : @Annapolis_collection )

#visitannapolis #dta #chesapeak #chesapeakbay #citydock #annapolis #historicannapolis #historic #annapolismd #boating

Annapolis and Colonial Painters Tour!Friday, May 17, 2019William Paca House and Garden, 186 Prince George Street 2 pm - ...
05/14/2019

Annapolis and Colonial Painters Tour!
Friday, May 17, 2019
William Paca House and Garden, 186 Prince George Street
2 pm - 3:30 pm

Cost: $25 General Admission; $20 for HA Members and Volunteers

Moving The House - Charles E. Emery (October 1955). ⠀⠀This historic building now sits facing King George Street and ...
05/13/2019

Moving The House - Charles E. Emery (October 1955). ⠀

This historic building now sits facing King George Street and houses the administrative offices for the college. ⠀
To view this piece and more from Charles E. Emery stop by the Gallery or shop the collection online.⠀

(📸: @Annapolis_Collection)⠀


#visitannapolis #annapolis #annapolisMD #dta #local #historianannapolis #historicannapolis #historianannapolis

Maryland State (House) of mind 🛳⚓️🏫(📸: @paulkappel) #annapolis #visitannapolis #historicannapolis #historia...
05/11/2019

Maryland State (House) of mind 🛳⚓️🏫

(📸: @paulkappel)

#annapolis #visitannapolis #historicannapolis #historianannapolis #MDstatehouse #annapolisMD #dta #local #naptown

These guys are on the Walking Tour of Historic Annapolis.... or waddle tour? 🦆 (📸:jakeriveraphoto ).. #annapolis #...
05/10/2019

These guys are on the Walking Tour of Historic Annapolis.... or waddle tour? 🦆

(📸:jakeriveraphoto )
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#annapolis #maryland #downtownannapolis #dta #visitannapolis #historicannapolis #historianannapolis #local #naptown #citydock #egoalley

Did you know: At that time of the Chesapeake Bay's opening, it was the longest continuous over-water steel structure AND...
05/09/2019

Did you know: At that time of the Chesapeake Bay's opening, it was the longest continuous over-water steel structure AND third longest bridge in the world?? Now you do 😄

(📸: @motoxdms )

#annapolis #visitannapolis #historianannapolis #historicannapolis #dta #local #naptown #baybridge #visitmaryland # #chesapeakebaybridge #chesapeakebay #chesapeake #savethebay #onlyinmaryland #bridge

The US Naval Academy Chapel getting a facelift! Out with the old, in with the new :) ⠀⠀⠀(📸: @usnaalumni )⠀⠀...
05/08/2019

The US Naval Academy Chapel getting a facelift! Out with the old, in with the new :) ⠀


(📸: @usnaalumni )⠀


#usna #navy #navalacademy #dta #annapolis #historianannapolis #annapolis

Ah yes, The Maryland Inn, a very recognizable landmark in out little city! Did you know that it is one of the most haunt...
05/02/2019

Ah yes, The Maryland Inn, a very recognizable landmark in out little city! Did you know that it is one of the most haunted places in Annapolis?
(📸: @bennie726)

#historicinnsofannapolis #marylandinn #annapolis #historicbuilding #historicbuildings #landmark #streetphotography #visitannapolis #historianannapolis

Happy May Day everyone! Annapolis knows how to make a lasting impression, but combine the quaint beauty of the town with...
05/01/2019
A Brief History of May Day - Annapolis Discovered

Happy May Day everyone! Annapolis knows how to make a lasting impression, but combine the quaint beauty of the town with vibrant flowers and you have an unforgettable memory- check out the history behind this delightful tradition in our new post!

#AnnapolisMd #VisitAnnapolis #MayDay #Flowers #Annapolis #VisitMD #Preservation #Tradition #Celebrations #Festivals #Spring

May Day is fun for the whole family and provides the perfect excuse to take a peek into the many colonial homes in Annapolis.

04/29/2019
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GIVEAWAY ALERT: Celebrate the Kentucky Derby at two historic houses in Annapolis.

The Hammond-Harwood House & Chase Lloyd House come together to commemorate Annapolis’ rich horse racing history during Derby Fest on May 4. Don’t miss out on great food, fun activities, and live streaming the Kentucky Derby!

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The Hammond-Harwood House & Chase Lloyd House come together to commemorate Annapolis’ rich horse racing history during Derby Fest on May 4. Don’t miss out on great food, fun activities, and live streaming the Kentucky Derby!

04/25/2019
Celebrate the Kentucky Derby in Annapolis

The Hammond-Harwood House & Chase Lloyd House come together to commemorate Annapolis’ rich horse racing history during Derby Fest on May 4. Don’t miss out on great food, fun activities, and live streaming the Kentucky Derby!

04/25/2019

The Hammond-Harwood House & Chase Lloyd House come together to commemorate Annapolis’ rich horse racing history during Derby Fest on May 4. Don’t miss out on great food, fun activities, and live streaming the Kentucky Derby!

Happy Easter Historians! #VisitAnnapolis #Annapolis #History #preservation #Holidays
04/21/2019

Happy Easter Historians!

#VisitAnnapolis #Annapolis #History #preservation #Holidays

On April 26, 2019, at 8 pm in the Francis Scott Key Auditorium, St. John’s College will be hosting the 6th installment...
04/19/2019

On April 26, 2019, at 8 pm in the Francis Scott Key Auditorium, St. John’s College will be hosting the 6th installment of the Erik S. Kristensen Memorial Lecture Series. This annual event began in 2013 to honor fallen Navy SEAL and alumnus of St. Johns and the US Naval Academy, Erik Kristensen. Read more at AnnapolisDiscovered.com

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