Watch “Annapolis Discovered” Video About The Maryland State House
The Maryland State House is beautiful and iconic on the Annapolis skyline. It is the oldest state capitol in continuous legislative use and is the only state house ever to have served as the nation’s capitol. The Continental Congress met in the Old Senate Chamber from November 26, 1783 to August 13, 1784. During that time, George Washington came before Congress to resign his commission as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army and the Treaty of Paris was ratified, marking the official end of the Revolutionary War.
The State House is where the Maryland General Assembly convenes from January to April for 90 days each year, and the elected leadership of the state — the governor, lieutenant governor, speaker of the House of Delegates and president of the Senate — all have their offices here.
Notably, the State House is open to the public every day from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., except Christmas and New Years Day.
Visit Annapolis and Anne Arundel County recently made an “Annapolis Discovered” video with retired state Senator John C. Astle as he shares some of the history of the Maryland State House, enjoy!