So Many Things To See and Do!

Overview (4-minute video)


  • Annapolis Maritime Museum
  • Banneker-Douglass Museum
  • Captain Avery Museum
  • Charles Carroll House
  • Chase-Lloyd House
  • Chesapeake Bay Foundation
  • Chesap. Children's Museum
  • Courthouse Museum
  • Deale Historical Society
  • Discovery Village
  • Frederick Douglass Museum
  • Franklin Point State Park
  • Galesville Heritage Society
  • Hammond-Harwood House
  • Historic Annapolis Museum
  • Historic London Town
  • Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Coll.
  • Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Mem.
  • Lost Towns Archaeology
  • Maryland Hall
  • Maryland State Archives
  • Maryland State House
  • Nat'l Sailing Hall of Fame
  • Naval Academy Museum
  • Sandy Point State Park
  • Smithsonian (SERC)
  • Mitchell Art Gallery
  • Thomas Point Lighthouse
  • U.S Naval Academy
  • W. Bates Legacy Center
  • West Annapolis Her. Ptnrshp
  • Wm Paca House & Garden


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IMG_0460Located in Anne Arundel County, the Four Rivers Heritage Area exemplifies Maryland’s rich historic, cultural, and natural legacy. Inextricably intertwined with the shoreline, rivers, and creeks of the Chesapeake Bay, the area extends along the bay from Sandy Point State Park south to the Calvert County line. Its western boundary is formed by U.S. 50-301 and Solomons Island Road.

For more visitor information, including tours, restaurants, accommodations and more, click here.

Download a guide to the County’s African American heritage here.

Download the award-winning City of Annapolis “Walk Parole: A Scavenger Hunt for History” brochure





Located in the last oyster-packing plant in Annapolis, AMM celebrates the local maritime heritage with exhibits and programs for all ages. Access to the Chesapeake Bay includes piers for crabbing and fishing, and a small beach to launch your canoe or kayak.

723 2nd St Annapolis, MD 21403


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To access information on “The Homefront: Eastport During World War II –  A Walking Tour,” visit

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The official state repository of African American culture includes the beautifully restored Mount Moriah A.M.E. Church. Experience a variety of changing exhibits, lectures, films, tours, performances, and educational programs.

84 Franklin St
Annapolis, MD 21401

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Experience life as part of a 19th-century waterman’s family or learn how later residents brought their families here year after year to “Our Place” for summer getaways at this active community-based museum with a lovely waterfront setting.

1418 E West Shady Side Rd
Shady Side, MD 20764

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This historic house and garden was home to three generations of Carrolls and the birthplace of Charles Carroll of Carrollton (1737-1832), the only Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence. Don’t miss the terraced garden overlooking Spa Creek.

107 Duke of Gloucester St
Annapolis, MD 21401

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An Anglo-Palladian mansion built between 1769-1774. Architect William Buckland contributed to the design of the house. For the past 125 years, it has operated as a home for elderly ladies. The formal entertainment rooms are open for tours.

22 Maryland Ave
Annapolis, MD 21401

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The Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers, broadly recognized as a national treasure, will be highly productive and in good health as measured by established water quality standards.

6 Herndon Ave
Annapolis, MD 21403

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Visit animals, create works of art, make-believe with props and dress-ups, explore a creekside nature trail. Check the website or call for upcoming programs and events. Free parking.

25 Silopanna Rd
Annapolis, MD 21403

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The museum enlivens and enriches visitors’ appreciation for the role of the 1824 courthouse and the state’s rich legal history and the role of the community in the development of the law.

7 Church Circle
Annapolis, MD 21401

Open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


A 19th-century village featuring Deale area exhibits, a one-room school, African-American beneficial society meetinghouse, a dwelling, and outbuildings.

Herrington Harbour North
389 Deale Road, Tracys Landing

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See restoration efforts by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation that will help boost the Bay’s oyster population. Fish and crab from the pier or bring a canoe or kayak to launch from the shore. Join the West/Rhode Riverkeeper during the summer for free community kayaking.

4800 Atwell Rd
Shady Side, MD 20764

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The Frederick Douglass Museum and Cultural Center, housed in “Twin Oaks”, the summer cottage built in 1895 for Frederick Douglass, was purchased and restored in the early 1980’s.  In 1995 the State of Maryland and Anne Arundel County acquired the property and deeded it to the Town of Highland Beach as a memorial to Frederick Douglass, one of Maryland’s most famous sons. Contact the site for an appointment.

3200 Wayman Avenue
Highland Beach, MD 21403

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Franklin Point State Park

Dent Road Entrance, Shady Side, MD

Open sunrise to sunset

Maryland’s newest state park is 477 beautiful acres right on the Chesapeake Bay between Shady Side and Deale. Formerly the site of Deep Creek Airport, this rustic park now has marsh, forest, meadow, and a sandy bay shoreline.




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Come listen to the stories of the residents of this delightfully-preserved, quiet maritime community, see exhibits and artifacts celebrating Galesville’s unique history, and take a stroll through its gardens.

988 Main Street
Galesville, MD 20765

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View The Story of Stores, funded in part by a Four Rivers Heritage Area Mini Grant

View the Field Guide to Galesville, created by the Anne Arundel County Trust for Preservation, Inc. and funded in part by a Four Rivers Heritage Area Mini Grant

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This historic house museum contains paintings by Charles Willson Peale, furniture by John Shaw, and much more. The last project of architect William Buckland, the house features exquisite architectural detail, including one of the most beautiful 18th-century doorways in America.

19 Maryland Avenue
Annapolis, Maryland 21401

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The Historic Annapolis Museum offers information on Annapolis’ history and tickets and reservations for its tours, excursions, venues, and other events. The second and third floor of the museum feature changing exhibits, including the current exhibit: Freedom Bound: Runaways of the Chesapeake. There is also an extensive gift shop with a variety of local products.

99 Main St
Annapolis, MD 21401

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Over three hundred years ago, the colonial tobacco port town of London was bustling with activity as ships carrying trade goods stopped at the site of an active ferry crossing… and then it all but disappeared. Discover the once “lost town” for yourself including the Visitor’s Center, beautiful gardens, and the William Brown House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, where visitors can take a guided tour inside.

839 Londontown Road
Edgewater, MD 21037

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The Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation’s genealogy research collections are customarily available to the public for consultation one day each week; they are housed at the former Sojourner-Douglass College Facility. Please call to make an appointment for genealogical research.

135 Stepneys Lane
Edgewater, MD 21037

410-956-9090 or 410-224-4457


The memorial includes a sculptural grouping depicting Alex Haley, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning novel Roots, speaking to children about Kunta Kinte, an enslaved African brought to Annapolis in 1767 aboard the ship Lord Ligonier. 

City Dock
Annapolis, MD 21401

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The Lost Towns Project is a team of professional archaeologists and historians, working closely with the Anne Arundel County Government, in Maryland, to discover and explore the County’s rich heritage. The team is committed to sharing the discover process and the County’s rich history with the public through hands-on experiences, lectures, publications, and exhibits.

Lost Towns Project offices
2664 Riva Road, MS 6402
Annapolis, MD 21401410-222-7440

Lost Towns Project Lab (at London Town)
The Lost Towns Project Lab839
Londontown Rd.Edgewater, MD 21037

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The region’s premier comprehensive arts center, Maryland Hall provides a broad range of arts-related programming, including performances, visual arts programs, exhibits, and an outdoor labyrinth for meditation. Check the website calendar to take in a performance or enjoy an art exhibit.

801 Chase Street
Annapolis, Maryland 21401

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The Archives houses state records from the founding of the colony of Maryland in 1634 to today. A nexus for historical and genealogical research, many of its collections are available online. Check website for visitor hours.

350 Rowe Blvd
Annapolis, MD 21401

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Built c. 1772-1779, the Maryland State House is the oldest state capitol in continuous use. It was home to the Continental Congress from November 1783 to August 1784, and is the only state house to have served as the nation’s capital.

*The State House is open every day from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., except Christmas and New Years Day.
To help make your visit to the Maryland State House more enjoyable, and to provide you with an understanding of its rich and historic past, self-guided tour information is available in the Office of Interpretation on the first floor.

**Please note that security measures are in place at the State House and other state buildings. Picture ID is required for entrance and metal detectors are in operation.

**Specialized curatorial tours of the building and its artwork can be arranged by appointment by calling 410.260.6445. There is no charge for tours, but donations are encouraged to support the interpretation of the building.

To view a copy of the Maryland State House Visitor’s Brochure click here:

For more information on the Charles Willson Peale painting of Washington, Lafayette, and Tilghman at Yorktown which hangs in the Senate Committee Room click here:


The National Sailing Hall of Fame is a not-for-profit educational institution dedicated to preserving America’s sailing legacy and engaging sailing’s next generation.

67-69 Prince George Street
Annapolis, Maryland 21401

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See state-of-the-art displays combining historical artifacts with audiovisual technology to bring to life the stories of the men and women who have served their country at sea.

Preble Hall
118 Maryland Ave (inside Gate 3)
Annapolis, MD 21402

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For over 50 years, this bayfront park has provided playgrounds, picnic areas, and public beaches.

1100 E College Pkwy
Annapolis, MD 21409

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This leader in wildlife, natural science, and conservation research is open to the public. An exciting environmental education center, hiking, and kayaking trails await you at the scenic campus on the Rhode River.

647 Contees Wharf Rd
Edgewater, MD 21037

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St. John’s College, Mitchell Art Gallery
The Elizabeth Myers Mitchell Gallery, located on the campus of St. John’s College, is a treasure in historic Annapolis. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums in 2012 and dedicated to bringing art of world renown to Annapolis since it opened in 1989. It attracts over 10,000 visitors a year to its museum-quality exhibits which range in theme and diversity for a gallery of its size.

60 College Avenue
Mellon Hall
Annapolis, MD 21401

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The beautiful Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse will be preserved for future generations to enjoy via a public-private partnership formed in 2004 via the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act (NHLPA). The City of Annapolis, The United States Lighthouse Society and its Chesapeake Chapter, the Annapolis Maritime Museum, and Anne Arundel County joined forces to obtain ownership of the lighthouse from the federal government.

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Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center

The Visitor Center is the first stop on a visit to the undergraduate college of the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps. Information specialists welcome visitors to view the 13-minute film, The Call to Serve, and to take a guided walking tour with a professional, certified guide. Tours include information on the history and architecture of the Naval Academy and a peek into the life of a midshipman.

The Visitor Center is conveniently located inside USNA Gate 1 at the Annapolis harbor. Pedestrian entrances are on Prince George and Randall Streets.  Everyone 18 and older must have a photo ID. Only vehicles with USNA IDs, DoD stickers or handicapped tags may enter Naval Academy grounds. For more information on parking in the historic district, visit

The USNA Gift Shop inside the Center provides visitors with an official United States Naval Academy shopping experience. All proceeds from the sale of tours and merchandise benefit Brigade of Midshipmen activities.

52 King George St
Annapolis, MD 21402
410-293-8687 (Tours)

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Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center
The Legacy Center is dedicated to preserving and presenting the history of Wiley H. Bates High School, formerly the only high school for African Americans in Anne Arundel County. It is a unique cultural arts heritage museum displaying historical documents and collections.

1101 Smithville Street,
Annapolis, MD 21401

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WAHP LogoThe West Annapolis Heritage Partnership has created an exhibit (currently not showing) and a variety of short publications to help you enjoy your visit to the West Annapolis neighborhood.

Each of the following is a multi-page PDF:

An Interesting Career: The Life and Work of Luther Giddings

Street Signs to History: The Story of the West Annapolis and Wardour Street Names

There are also popular events each year that take place in West Annapolis, check our events calendar for more details!

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Home to Declaration of Independence signer William Paca and his family. Take a tour to learn more about daily life in colonial times. Archaeological investigations of the garden site revealed the original terraced landscape, now restored.

186 Prince George St.
Annapolis, MD 21401

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View the Paca House and Garden Guide