Annapolis, MD, is the capital city for the state of Maryland and traces its founding to 1654. It had various names until it became Annapolis in 1694 and was incorporated as a city in 1708. It is also home to the United States Naval Academy.
The Maryland State House is the oldest state capitol still in continuous legislative use. In addition, it has the distinction of having also temporarily served as the nation’s capitol. The Continental Congress met here in the Old Senate Chamber during 1783-84. It was during this time that George Washington came before congress to resign his commission as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army.
In the state house you can view a painting that depicts the occasion of his resignation as well as a hand written copy of his speech.
Since we stood on the dock in Annapolis, I’m going to say that this constitutes a coast to coast journey for us. Yes, I know that Annapolis is on the Chesapeake Bay and not the Atlantic Ocean but I’m willing to overlook this technicality. And by the way, earlier in our trip, we learned that the Chesapeake Bay was formed by the impact of a meteor about 35 million years ago.