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Maryland State House, Annapolis

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The Maryland State House is located in Annapolis and is the oldest state capitol in continuous legislative use, dating to 1772. It houses the Maryland General Assembly and offices of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor. 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.
Construction began in 1772, but was not completed until 1797 due to the ongoing American Revolutionary War. The two-story brick Georgian style structure, located inside State Circle, was designed by Joseph Horatio Anderson, a noted architect of the time. A small portico juts out from the center of the building, topped by a pediment, with two high arched windows framing the entrance. On both floors, large rectangular windows line the facade. A cornice is topped by another pediment and the sloping roof gives way for a central octagonal drum atop which rests a dome. The large dome is topped by a balustraded balcony, another octagonal drum and a lantern capped by a lightning rod. The rod was constructed and grounded according to the direct specifications of its inventor, Benjamin Franklin.
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  • Although the Maryland State Capitol building is smaller than other state Capitol buildings, it is packed full of history. I learned that Harriet Tubman, who was born in Maryland, was not her real name...  more »
  • We loved walking all around the state house and enjoying the weather and view. We could not get inside but the skyline was marvelous.  more »
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  • Nice state house to visit. It has historical rooms and photos of past politians, a statue of George Washington in the back left room giving his resignation, and lots of pieces of text which give description of the items and photos in each room. Great place to come for a school field trip or with young children. 4 stars because there isn't a whole lot to see but it's still a really good place. FYI: make sure to bring your ID!
  • Interesting historical capitol building. You have access on second floor and you can take pics. Free entrance and free tour. You need to have Id.

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