Annapolis and Southern Maryland Sights

Annapolis and southern Maryland encompass the Western Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, an area within easy driving distance of Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Annapolis, on a peninsula bounded by the Severn and South rivers and the Chesapeake Bay, is a Mid-Atlantic sailing capital and the gateway to southern Maryland. Calvert County, just south of Annapolis, promises compelling bay-side scenery that

includes the imposing Calvert Cliffs and several miles of Bay beaches. Beyond the Patuxent River, across the 1.3-mi Governor Thomas Johnson Bridge, lies St. Mary's County, a peninsula that protrudes farther into the Chesapeake, with the Patuxent and the Potomac rivers on either side of it.

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Piney Point Lighthouse, Museum & Historic Park

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The first permanent lighthouse constructed on the Potomac River is now the center of a small, 6-acre park. The grounds, which are free,...

Point Lookout State Park

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When Father Andrew White came to Point Lookout and saw the Potomac at its side, he mused that the Thames was a mere rivulet in comparison.

Port Republic School No. 7

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Port Republic School No. 7, a classic one-room schoolhouse built in the 1880s, looks for all the world as if today's lesson could begin...


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The distinguished house on the grounds of this 18th-century plantation is the earliest (1703) post-in-ground structure known to exist...

St. Anne's Church

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Residing in the center of one of the historic area's busy circles, this brick building is one of the city's most prominent places of...

St. Ignatius Church

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Built in 1758, this beautiful church—one of the most beautiful in Maryland—is all that survives of a prerevolutionary plantation.

St. John's College

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The Annapolis campus of St. John's, the third-oldest college in the country (after Harvard and William and Mary), once held the last...

Thomas Stone National Historic Site

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Set in a lovely rural setting and built in the 1770s, this site marks the Charles County home of Thomas Stone, one of four Maryland signers...

United States Naval Academy

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Probably the most interesting and important site in Annapolis, the Naval Academy occupies 328 waterfront acres along the Severn River...

William Paca House and Garden

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A signer of the Declaration of Independence, Paca (pronounced "PAY-cuh") was a Maryland governor from 1782 to 1785. His house was built...