Historic Annapolis and a fun place to visit
Trip Start May 01, 2013
33Trip End Aug 15, 2013
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Leaving all our loved ones behind, we have embarked on a meandering journey to see what we can see (like the bear that went over the mountain). While our visits were heart warming and wonderful, it's good to strike out on one's own to see how others live.
Our first stop beyond Virginia is Annapolis, MD, the home of the U.S. Naval Academy and a plethora of history as it relates to the American revolution and civil war. Originally named Providence, its name changed several times before settling on Anne Arundels Towne after the wife of Lord Baltimore. Through the 1600's the English had several conflicts within their ruling bodies involving Catholics and Anglicans and finally settled on the name of Annapolis after Princess Anne of Denmark and Norway soon to be the Queen of Great Britain.
Water trades such as oyster-packing, boatbuilding and sailmaking became the city's chief industries. Currently, Annapolis is home to a large number of recreational boats that have largely replaced the seafood industry in the city. Annapolis became the temporary capital of the United States after the signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1783. Congress was in session in the state house from November 26, 1783 to June 3, 1784, and it was in Annapolis on December 23, 1783, that General Washington resigned his commission as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army.
During the civil war, a prisoner of war parole camp, Camp Parole, was set up in Annapolis. As the war continued, the camp expanded to a larger location just west of the city. The area is still referred to as Parole. Wounded Union soldiers and Confederate prisoners were brought by sea to a major hospital in Annapolis.
Annapolis has many 18th-century houses. The names of several of the streets—King George's, Prince George's, Hanover, and Duke of Gloucester, etc.—date from colonial days. The United States Naval Academy was founded here in 1845. During World War II, shipyards in Annapolis built a number of PT Boats, and military vessels such as minesweepers and patrol boats were built in Annapolis during the Korean and Vietnam war.
Fans of quality tours, we enjoyed a boating excursion as well as a trolley ride replete with plenty of information that added to the flavor of the visit. Friendly Annapolitans helped us everywhere with directions and patience as we looked to optimize our experience.
One of the neatest areas was the Naval Academy, an impressive coeducational federal service academy. While 1300 attend as "plebes" only 1000 generally graduate with a four year degree. A beautiful campus, with high security, and plenty of tradition (beat Army). see pictures.
Taking advantage of local watering holes, Phil had the opportunity to finally understand what everyone is talking about when they say yummy to the crab cakes, sandwiches and various crab dishes. How delicious! Now, I get it!
Moving on we must, and on to Gettysburg, PA and Gettysburg campground for a U. S. Park Service tour and description of the decisive battle of the civil war. Stay tuned.