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350 years of growth, change and history

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A little about Annapolis

Annapolis, the capital of Maryland, is 350 years young. It is a vibrant city, proud of its charming colonial heritage, while offering visitors the latest in dining, accommodations, shopping and entertainment. Annapolis is home to the United States Naval Academy and St. John’s College, a liberal arts college with a history going back to 1696. Annapolis is well known as a center of sailing and boating in the Mid-Atlantic. Our neighborhood of Eastport, across the bridge from downtown Annapolis, retains much of its old maritime character, showcased at the Annapolis Maritime Museum. Annapolis has some of the finest examples of colonial homes, including the Hammond-Harwood House and the Charles Carroll House. We have a rich African-American history. We honor those who arrived as slaves, including Alex Haley’s ancestor, Kunta Kinte, at the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation Memorial and the heritage of the Maryland African American community at the Banneker-Douglass Museum.

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The history of Annapolis

A settlement in the Province of Maryland named Providence was founded on the north shore of the Severn River in 1649 by Puritan exiles from Virginia led by Governor William Stone. The settlers later moved to a better-protected harbor on the south shore. The settlement on the south shore was initially named "Town at Proctor's," then "Town at the Severn," and later "Anne Arundel's Towne" (after the wife of Lord Baltimore who died soon afterwards). The city became very wealthy through the slave trade. In 1654, after the Third English Civil War, Parliamentary forces assumed control of Maryland and Stone went into exile in Virginia. Per orders from Lord Baltimore, Stone returned the following spring at the head of a Cavalier force. On March 25, 1655, in what is known as the Battle of the Severn, Stone was defeated, taken prisoner, and replaced by Josias Fendall as Governor.

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Annapolis, Maryland
21401

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Businesses in Annapolis, Maryland

Here is a collection of downtown Annapolis, Maryland businesses. Clicking on the thumbnail image, or the blue "View Member" will take you to that businesses page. We've included some jump links so that you can easily navigate to different categories of businesses. Those, can be found directly below as icons. Or, there is a list of categories in the menu bar.

 

Chez Amis Bed and Breakfast

Lodging

You will truly be among friends

 

Peninsula House Bed and Breakfast

Lodging

Just a few steps away from the water

 

The Annapolis Inn

Lodging

Premium elegance and romance

 

Boatyard Bar and Grill

Restaurants

Where local sailors, fishermen and lovers of seafood eat

 

Factors Row

Restaurants

Offering farm-to-table New American cuisine with a southern flair

 

Galway Bay

Restaurants

A traditional Irish Pub

 

Harry Browne's

Restaurants

Celebrating Over 34 Years Of Fine, Elegant Dining in Annapolis

 

Osteria 177

Restaurants

Freshly prepared Italian coastal cuisine

 

Paladar Latin Kitchen and Rum Bar

Restaurants

Fresh, colorful and fun Latin American restaurant

 

Rams Head Tavern

Restaurants

Food, Fun & Beer in a circa 1700's building

 

Blue Crab Antiques

Shopping

Local antiques and nautical items

 

Evergreen Antiques

Shopping

An interesting place to browse

 

Hats in the Belfy

Shopping

Hats for all occasions

 

Zachary's

Shopping

Family owned with family pride in what we sell