Welcome to my hometown. I can't wait to hopefully meet you here and in person one day, I surely will treat you as a guest and give you the grand tour, of all Annapolis has to offer. If you like great food and especially food from the sea, you are in for a foodie's paradise here. Quite a bit of history awaits those who are buffs, here in Annapolis. Of course, as in any town with historical significance, George Washington slept here.
Alex Haley, of "Roots" fame, has traced his ancestry here, from the days of slave trade and the arrival of his patriarch, Kunta Kinte. Injustices from treatment of, as well as the idea of owning another human being, were sought to be eliminated and through the "Emancipation Proclamation' as well as the Civil War, soon thereafter the sale of another human, was outlawed. Another prominent figure in helping to gain freedom for slaves was Harriet Tubman. There are many times her path crossed through Annapolis in the pursuit of freedom for others.
I had the pleasure of working in Saint Johns Episcopal Church back in the 1980's and to be more specific, working in the basement area replacing a boiler.This historic structure, like many others in Annapolis, was an instrument and a gateway, leading to freedom. I, as a young apprentice plumber, witnessed an odd sight once we had secured proper lighting in that basement area. As the light chased away more and more of the darkness, what at first appeared to be shadows, became wholly illuminated. To my amazement, I was gazing at about 8 tunnels, sorry been a while ago may have been 7, they were raised above the floor level about 3 feet and approximately 30 inches of diameter.
When the caretaker arrived to note our progress, I could hardly contain myself in asking about the tunnels. He told me they were a part of the "Underground Railroad" that same railroad that prominent figures such as Harriet Tubman employed to help gain freedom for slaves and I was a witness to that history. Oh there is so much history here, it just can't be told in one hub or even in one book and that is just one reason to explore Annapolis.
Sailing take me away
Sailing has been of much importance to Annapolis, even before the leisurely and sporting aspects of that industry was established. The original purposes for sailing were transportation and linked very closely with commerce. From the days of Christopher Columbus and the Mayflower, to the U.S.S. Constitution and the humble "Skipjack", ships with sails will hold a place in many a mariner's heart, if not his hands, as in being at the helm.
Annapolis is home to the U.S. Sailboat Show and this years event scheduled for October 4-8, 2012, will not be short in anything sailing. The entire harbor area (Ego Alley) of Annapolis, will become a flotilla and so closely knit together - not only craft, but the community as well - you will literally be able to step from vessel to vessel. There is no shortage of exitement there and this is only the beginning of Autumn!
Those particular sailing vessels, the Skipjacks, were used by local waterman to dredge for oysters and even now, some are still being used in that same seafood industry.Many were built over a century ago and yet still are maintained and admired. http://video.mpt.tv/video/1503838859/ Skipjack video
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Artwork Winter Scene of Annapolis
A Capital City
I could not help adding a shameful plug about the city I live in. Toward the end of the Revolutionary War, the city also served as capital to the newly forming American nation when the Continental Congress met in Annapolis from November 26, 1783 to June 3, 1784. Here too, on January 14, 1784, the Treaty of Paris, ending the Revolutionary War, was ratified by Congress. In September 1786, the Annapolis Convention met to discuss revisions to the Articles of Confederation. The Convention's call for a further meeting led to the assembling of delegates at Philadelphia the following year to draft the U.S.Constitution http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/01glance/html/capital.html
History, it abounds here, we have town criers and horse drawn carriages, replica gas street lamps and the brick streets may give you the feeling of moving back in time, without the lack of amenities. If I come off sounding like a tourism agent, I can't help it, there are just so many things that this city offers and in such a wide array.
Nearby in Crownsville, MD. and during the months of September and October, we are privileged to host the Maryland Renaissance Festival. Jousting, which just so happens to be our state sport, is only one of a slew of activities that encompass the fairegrounds.Just around the corner from there lie the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, home of its namesake and its fair is held September 12-16 2012. The name of the road that the A.A.Co. fair is located off of is appropriately named, General's Highway. The name is due to the meeting of generals that traveled this route during the Revolutionary War period (See photo)
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With only the history alone to stand on, Annapolis, is definitely worth the trip. But the mix of people, the diversity and their character, may be the best reason for dropping by. Annapolis is not without its share of woes, yes, we too have felt economic pangs and previously while all was boon, we had growing pains. Yet the people stood firm. The area has a resilience in its people and they genuinely care for their own as well as others, perhaps this is one reason why the the Annapolis Peace Conference http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annapolis_Conference was held here.
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I do indeed consider myself very fortunate, very blessed, to have grown up in a town that has grown with me. Though the origins of Annapolis are much older than my own and perhaps my families settlement here, this town has provided for our needs and wants.
As beautiful as the landscape of Annapolis is, again and as with any community, if there is no sense of unity you could have all the beauty of nature or man's talents at your disposal, but it would still feel utterly desolate. My town, could be your town, if only for a brief stay. So come to Annapolis and experience for yourself firsthand, this 'Treasure of the Chesapeake' you will not leave the same way you entered and that's a good thing.
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