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Maryland State House, Annapolis

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The Maryland State House is located in Annapolis, Maryland. It is the oldest U.S. state capitol in continuous legislative use, dating to 1772 and houses the Maryland General Assembly, plus the offices of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor. In 1783 and 1784 it served as the capitol building of the United States Congress of the Confederation, and is where Ratification Day, the formal end of the American Revolutionary War, occurred.

The capitol has the distinction of being topped by the largest wooden dome in the United States constructed without nails. The current building, which was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960, is the third statehouse on its site. The building is administered by the State House Trust, established in 1969.
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  • Free entrance, with a ramp for strollers or wheelchairs. ID check required to get in. Only a couple rooms can be visited but there is much to learn on the history of Maryland, and the place is... 
    Free entrance, with a ramp for strollers or wheelchairs. ID check required to get in. Only a couple rooms can be visited but there is much to learn on the history of Maryland, and the place is...  more »
  • Historic, beautiful and relevant. You'll learn more than you can imagine with a self guided tour thought this stately building. The paintings and the history come alive as you walk through a... 
    Historic, beautiful and relevant. You'll learn more than you can imagine with a self guided tour thought this stately building. The paintings and the history come alive as you walk through a...  more »
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  • The tour is self guided and only the first floor is open to the public. The building was expended early in the 20th century. This expansion included new House and Senate Chambers. The current chambers can be viewed from their door/ entrance but are off limits to the public. The original chambers are now a museum to the history of the building and are accessible to the public. On of the most historic events to occur here was Washington's resignation from the Army following his victory in the Revolution.
  • We visited on a cold and rainy New Year's Day, so the building wasn't open. However, it was still nice to walk around the grounds and look at the older architecture. I promise the kids enjoyed it more than they appear to be in this picture. 😅 It's a pretty easy walk around the entire circle that goes around it.

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