Maryland State House
Maryland's Capital City.
Nestled on the shores of the Severn River, this quaint, colonial city is the seat of Maryland's state government and the home of the United States Naval Academy.
In the center of the city you'll find the Maryland State House. Opened in 1772, it is the oldest state capitol in the country still in continuous legislative use. The Treaty of Paris was ratified here in 1784, officially ending the American Revolution and making Annapolis the first peace-time capital of the United States. One month earlier, in December of 1783, General George Washington famously stood before Congress and resigned his commission as commander in chief of the Continental Army.
Nearby, the United States Naval Academy educates America's future Navy and Marine Corps officers. On the campus, known as "The Yard," you'll see Bancroft Hall, one of the largest dormitories in the world and home to the entire brigade of Midshipmen. Built in the early 20th century, the stunning Naval Academy Chapel is a focal point of The Yard. Beneath the chapel you'll find the crypt of American naval hero John Paul Jones.
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