The Maryland State House is the oldest American state house still in use. The Maryland General Assembly convenes here for three months of each year. The Speaker of the House of Delegates and the President of the Senate as well as the Governor and the Lt. Governor also have their offices in the State House.
From 26 November 1783 until 13 August 1784, this building was also the United States Capitol. It continues to be the oldest State House in the United States which is still in legislative use.
Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960, it is administered by the State House Trust which oversees its care and maintenance. The Trust also has responsibility for the use of the public areas of the State House.
Please note : Security measures are in place at the State House and other public buildings within Annapolis. Picture IDs are required for entrance and metal detectors are in operation. Backpacks and other bags will be searched.
OPENING HOURS :
Monday - Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Closed on Christmas Day
No tours are given on Thanksgiving Day or New Year's Day
Admission is free.
We walked up tp the State House and saw the notice Please come in. There was nobody to be seen in the ornate entrance hall but a door opened and a woman came out and welcomed us and asked if we would like to join the tour that was about to begin.
She asked where we from and took us to join the little group already inside introducing us as Visitors from the Mother Country - which threw us a bit .Tea parties and taxes without representation have not always been cast aside so warmly in these eastern states.
The tour was quite short but well conducted and explained. The guide was rightly proud of the fact that no other state capitol building has been so long in continuous use. It is too the only State house to have also served as the Nation's Capitol
The guide highlighted the historic times in which the building was built and grew up. There is a portrait of William Pitt, supporter of American rights in the British Parliament and also one of General George Washington resigning his Commission as C in C of the Continental Army in this building in 1783.
The building is a rather beautiful one (with many echoes of European architecture) and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1968.
There was no charge for the Guided tour.
This is the oldest State House in continuous legislative use in the U.S. A wide black marble line in the floor in the lobby divides the old part from 1772 and the newer part added on in 1902. This was the U.S. Capital from November 1783 until Aug. 1784.
Historic events occurred in the Old Senate Chamber: General George Washington resigned his commission as Commander in Chief of the Continental Army, the U.S. Congress ratified the Treaty of Paris, Thomas Jefferson was appointed the first U.S. ambassador and the Annapolis Convention was held in 1786.
Beautiful domed Capital Building that is visible from blocks away. Saw the Senate Chamber, Archives Room, Old House of Delegates Chamber & House Chamber. Attained a lot of historic travel info. in the Tourist Info. Office Inside.
The Maryland Statehouse is the oldest state capitol in continuous use in the entire country. It's certainly modest in size, compared to most others.
It was completed in 1779. The newer section was completed in 1905. It served as the US Capitol from 1784-85, while a permanent structure was being built.
The interior is unpretentious, but has many interesting points. The Old Senate Chamber, recently restored to its former glory, is the most historic room. Here, Congress ratified the Treaty of Paris, ending the War of Independence and making the United States a new country. Shortly after, in this room, General George Washington resigned his commission in the Continental Army.
The Maryland state flag is displayed, with a moon rock. There are portraits of the state's early governors. One can see the House and Senate Chambers.
Guided tours are given each day at 11:00 am and 3:00 pm. Before or after the tour, be sure to visit the Treasury Building, which is on the southeast side of the Statehouse (toward East St). This is where Maryland's state funds were kept.
The Maryland State Capital Building (circa 1772-1779) is the oldest state house still in legislative use. It was the site of the Continental Congress from 1783 to August 1784, where the Treaty of Paris was signed and where George Washington resigned from the Continental Army. The Capitol was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960.
Hours are daily Mon.-Fri.9-5 pm and Sat.-Sun. 10-4 pm. It is closed on Christmas Day. ID's are required.
The Maryland State House, originally completed in 1772, is the oldest state legislative house still in use in the U.S.
It is a prominent landmark in downtown Annapolis and tours are available through the State House Visitors Center at 11am and 3pm. Open to the public every day except Christmas (no tours during Thanksgiving or New Year's Day).
Who knew that the State House had served as the US Capital for some time? That it is the oldest state house still in legislative use? Very interesting history, and a beautiful building. Walk around it, read the signs. I think you can visit inside, too.
The sign on the grounds of the State House (I must confess I took the photo and read it later) said:
MARYLAND STATE HOUSE
Capitol of the United States
November 26, 1783 - August 13, 1784
In this State House, oldest in the nation still in legislative use, General George Washington resigned his commission before the Continental Congress December 23, 1783. Here, January 14, 1784, Congress ratified the Treaty of Paris to end the Revolutionary War and May 7, 1784, appointed Thomas Jefferson Minister Plenipotentiary. From here, September 14, 1786, the Annapolis Convention issued the call to the States that led to the Constitutional Convention.
Registered National Historic Landmark
Maryland Historical Society
The dome which is the largest and oldest wooden dome of its kind in the US was designed by Joseph Clark and completed in 1794. The Old Senate Chamber where the Continental Congress met has been restored to its original appearance.
The Maryland State House is where the Maryland General Assembly convenes for three months each year and the Speaker of the House of Delegates and the President of the Senate have their offices there. The Governor and the Lt. Governor also have their offices in the State House. It was designated a Historic Landmark in 1960
The Maryland State House is open Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and from 10:00 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. It is closed on Christmas Day and no tours are given on Thanksgiving Day or New Year's Day. The State House Visitors' Center is open daily, and tours normally are given at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Please note that new security measures are in place at the State House and other state buildings in the Annapolis complex. Picture IDs are required for entrance and metal detectors are in operation. Backpacks and other bags will be searched.
The guided tours are conducted by State House guides under the auspices of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, Office of Tourism Development.
The Maryland State Capitol Building sits on a hill towering over historic downtown Annapolis. Completed in 1779, it is America's oldest state house in continuous use. From 1783-1784, this building served as the capital of the entire country, making Annapolis the first peace time capital of the United States (over the next few years, the capitol was moved to Philadelphia, New York City, then finally Washington, DC.).
Built in 1772, this is the oldest statehouse still in legislative use.
In 1783, George Washington resigned his commission in the Old Senate Chamber.
Here, the Continental Congress formally ended the Revolutionary War by ratifying the Treaty of Paris.
The Statehouse offers 30 minute guided tours of the public rooms at 11am and 3 pm starting from the visitor's center, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day
Admission is free
Built in 1772, this state capital building also served as the US capital from 1783-84. The building is on a round in downtown.
The Maryland State House is the oldest state house still in legislative use. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960.