Annapolis and Southern Maryland

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  • 1. Maryland State House

    Government Building

    Originally constructed between 1772 and 1780, the State House is the oldest state capitol in continuous legislative use; it's also the only...Read More

  • 2. United States Naval Academy

    Educational Institution

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

  • 3. Annmarie Garden

    Garden/Arboretum

    A world-class sculpture and botanical venue, Annmarie Garden Sculpture Park and Arts Center is a 30-acre property on the St. John Creek. The...Read More

  • 4. Banneker-Douglass Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Named for abolitionist Frederick Douglass and scientist Benjamin Banneker, this former church and its next-door neighbor make up a museum that...Read More

  • 5. Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Sanctuary

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    With the northernmost naturally occurring stand of bald cypress trees in the United States, the 100-acre Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Sanctuary...Read More

  • 6. Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Housed in the railroad's 1898 track-side terminus, this museum provides memorable glimpses of the onetime resort's turn-of-the-20th-century...Read More

  • 7. Chesapeake Beach Water Park

    Amusement Park/Water Park

    Families make a day of it at Chesapeake Beach Water Park, which has a children's pool, beach, and many slides. The park is open from Memorial...Read More

  • 8. Christ Church

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Tracings its origins to 1672, when a log-cabin church stood at the site, Christ Church received a brick replacement in 1772, coated with plaster...Read More

  • 9. Dr. Samuel A. Mudd House

    House/Mansion/Villa

    The Dr. Samuel A. Mudd House is where John Wilkes Booth ended up at 4 am on Holy Saturday, 1865, his leg broken after having leaped from the...Read More

  • 10. Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Park/Playground

    Like its better-known neighbor Calvert Cliffs State Park, Flag Ponds Nature Park has spectacular views of the cliffs, but with just a short...Read More

  • 11. Hammond-Harwood House

    House/Mansion/Villa

    Based on the Villa Pisani in Stra, Italy, by Andrea Palladio, this 1774 home was designed by premier colonial architect William Buckland and...Read More

  • 12. Historic Annapolis Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Light-filled and modern, this little museum occupies a historic building that once held supplies for the Continental Army during the Revolutionary...Read More

  • 13. Historic London Town and Gardens

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    The 17th-century tobacco port of London, on the South River a short car ride from Annapolis, was made up of 40 dwellings, shops, and taverns...Read More

  • 14. Historic St. Mary's City

    Museum/Gallery

    When you visit the 800-plus acres here, with a liberal arts college serving at the cultural center, don't expect Colonial Williamsburg. St....Read More

  • 15. Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Behind 2.5 mi of scenic Patuxent riverfront stretch 544 acres of woods and farmland. The 70-odd archaeological sites have yielded evidence of...Read More

  • 16. Kim's pies

    Store/Shop/Mall

    Many of the restaurants in southern Maryland serve Kim's pies —especially the key lime. The bakery is located in Solomons Island in a cottage...Read More

  • 17. Kunta Kinte–Alex Haley Memorial

    Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    A series of plaques along the waterfront recounting the story of African-Americans in Maryland lead to a sculpture group depicting Alex Haley...Read More

  • 18. Piney Point Lighthouse, Museum & Historic Park

    Museum/Gallery

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

  • 19. Point Lookout State Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    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. But...Read More

  • 20. Port Republic School No. 7

    Educational Institution

    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 any...Read More

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