This is a view of the inside of the U.S. Naval Chapel at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. It is a church that looks very much like a Catholic Chapel, but worship services for all the religious faiths are held here, coordinated by a schedule. Throughout the city of Annapolis there are many Christian churches, mostly Methodist, a Synagogue as well as other non-Christian places of worship.
However, for the average tourist there are places such as:
Saint Anne's Episcopal Church, officially established in 1692 played a part in the early days of instituting religious freedoms and can be seen on the tour map as a symbolic positioning of seperation of Church and State.
Saint John's College which was chartered in 1784 and William Paca, Charles Carroll of Carrollton, Thomas Stone, and Samuel Chase, four of the College's founders also signed the Declaration of Independence.
Saint Mary's Roman Catholic Church, built in the gothic style between the yeas of 1858 and 1860, and is stituated in front of the Charles Carroll House, a man who helped to obtain personal, political and religious freedom for all citizens. He was the only Catholic to sign the Declaration of Independence in 1776.
Each of these historical places are still active today in pursuing their freedom of religion. Even if religion is not your thing, the architecture and history alone are worth seeing while in Annapolis.
We were very lucky to see a wedding @ the Academy Chapel. When the newly married couple walks down the stairs, one of the Naval officers will spank the bride with the sword, and yell "Welcome to the Navy Mrs...........".
If you're strolling around Annapolis you'll notice that it is filled with historic homes. You might also notice that some homes have little different colored markers with trees on them. These markers are from the Historic Annapolis Foundation and the colors tell you what time period (from 1681 - 1938) the house was built.
So...a green one would be a "Greek Revival" built in 1820-1860, get it? The tree on the markers represents the Liberty Tree that once stood at St. John's College.
Generally I have put historic buildings under 'local customs' because they aren't 'things to do'.
Anne Arundel County was established in 1650. On July 30, 1650, seven county commissioners were designated to "appoint courts to be kept within and for said county." By the late 1670s, the commissionars and the Maryland General Assembly and Council were meeting at an inn kept by John Larkin, located at "the Ridge," a few miles south of South River. By 1684, the county court had moved to London Town, a newly designated shipping port on the South River, where the first courthouse was built.
When the Maryland Capitol was moved from St. Mary's City to Annapolis in 1695, the Maryland General Assembly passed An Act for setting Anne Arundell County Court at the Porte of Annapolis within the same County.the courthouse.
To save money, the county court was housed in the State House.
But in 1819, the state ordered the county to move its records (the ones that had not been destroyed by the 1704 fire) out of the State House. The new courthouse building was begun in 1821.
The design incorporated contemporary fire-proof construction features, including masonry groin-vaulted offices on the first floor, similar to those designed by the prominent architect, Robert Mills for the Charleston, S.C. Records Office, in 1822-27.
The Anne Arundel County Courthouse is the third oldest courthouse still in use in Maryland
The first revision and alteration of the building in was 1892-95 and it still has the appearance that was given to it at that time.
Designed by Jackson C. Gott, an important Baltimore architect, the alterations dramatically transformed the appearance of the restrained, almost flat Federal Style building into a more graceful, three-dimensional Georgian Revival structure, featuring the prominent entrance tower, corner pavilions and the second floor courtroom.
On the grounds of the Statehouse is a statue of Major General Baron Johann de Kalb sculpted in Rome by Ephraim Keyser, which was placed on 16 August 1886 at the time of an address being delivered by Thomas F. Bayard, of Delaware. I find that Thomas F. Bayard was a US Senator (D) until he resigned in 1885 to be Secretary of State in the Cabinet of President Grover Cleveland between 1885-1889. I don't know why he was making a speech about de Kalb.
De Kalb was a German baron born in Huttendorf, Bavaria, 29 July, 1721, who served in the French army. During the Revolutionary War, he commanded the Delaware and Maryland forces in Camden SC, when Cornwallis and Gates decided to attack. He was wounded, and died three days after the battle, and is buried at Camden.
I'm not exactly sure why his statue is here except that in 1817, the Maryland House of Delegates passed a Resolution (No. 74) to memorialize General deKalb.
Other Memorials on the State House grounds are:
A statue of Roger Brooke Taney by William Henry Rinehart. A native of Calvert County, Roger Brooke Taney served in both the Maryland House of Delegates and the Senate. He also served the national government as acting U.S. Secretary of War, U.S. Attorney General, Secretary of the Treasury, and chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. This statue was unveiled on December 11, 1872.
St. Mary's City Cannon. This cannon was brought to Maryland from England by the first settlers in 1634 and mounted on the walls of the fort at old St. Mary's. It was recovered from the St. Mary's River in 1822 and presented to the State in 1840 by Rev. Joseph Carbery. The tablet was placed by the Peggy Stewart Tea Party Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution of Annapolis, Maryland, on Maryland Day, March 25, 1908.
USS Maryland Bell. The battleship USS Maryland was decommissioned in 1947 and its bell was presented to the state and installed on the State House grounds in 1960.
There are numerous plaques inside the State House
I bought the "most favoite" spice of Maryland here in Annapolis. They eat it on everything ... and I'm afraid I'm addicted to it now also. Love it on my chicken or burger! They even use it on fries here.
Students at the USNA are called 'midshipmen,' not cadets. There are a lot of traditions and a lot of very specific elements to everything they do (ie. insignia on their uniforms). It's better to ask your tour guide what it all means, mids don't really like to be pestered with such questions. They are students at one of the best schools in the country, and deserve to be treated with a little respect - they're doing a lot more than most college students.
Also, don't try to challenge them with your knowlege of military and/or naval history; unless you are a joint chief or otherwise a leading expert in the field, I guarantee they know more than you.
Just in general be respectful of these fine young men and women.
It's not unusual to see people pull in at City Dock and hop out to grab a bite to eat. Boating and sailing are so ingrained in the culture of this city.