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SCAPMD_130106_001.JPG: #9 The Naval War of 1812 in Annapolis:
Maryland State House:
The seat of Maryland government, the State House was at the center of the state's planning for the War of 1812, both locally and in coordination with President Madison's administration in Washington, D.C. Near constant fear of invasion by the British led Governor Levin Winder (1757-1819) to direct the removal of the state's historical records from the State House for relocation to various sites from 1813 to 1815. Throughout the period of the war, the State House dome was used as a lookout by Major William Barney (son of Commodore Joshua Barney) to monitor the movement of British ships coming up the Chesapeake Bay.
The war, and the effect it had on public officials, British sailors in the Bay, and the free and enslaved residents of Annapolis, is explored in the exhibit "'The enemy nearly all `round us': Annapolis and the War of 1812" that will be on display in the State House throughout 2013.
SCAPMD_130106_009.JPG: 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 plenipotentiary. From here, September 14, 1786, the Annapolis convention issued the call to the states that led to the Constitutional Convention.
SCAPMD_130106_036.JPG: This tree is dedicated to the memory of
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Freedom must ring from every mountainside...and when this happens, all...will be able to stand together...and sing a new song...Free at last, free at last, great God Almighty, we are free at last"
Morgan State College
June 2, 1958
SCAPMD_130106_052.JPG: This cannon was brought from England
by the first settlers March 25, 1634
Mounted on the walls of the fort
at Old St. Mary's
Recovered from the St. Mary's River 1822
Presented to the state in 1840
by Rev. Joseph Carbery
This tablet is placed by
The Peggy Stewart Tea-Party Chapter
Daughters of the American Revolution
of Annapolis, Maryland
"Maryland Day" March 25, 1908
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Wikipedia Description: Maryland State House
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Maryland State House is located in Annapolis and is the oldest state capitol in continuous legislative use, dating to 1772. It houses the Maryland General Assembly. The capitol has the distinction of being topped by the largest wooden dome built without nails in the nation. The current building, which was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1968 is the third statehouse to stand on the site. The building is administered by the State House Trust, which was created in 1969.
Construction began in 1772 and was not completed until 1779 due to the ongoing Revolutionary War. The statehouse was designed by Joseph Horatio Anderson, who was a noted architect of the time. The building is of brick construction in the middle of State Circle. The building is designed in the popular Georgian style of the day. A small porch juts out from the center of the building and is topped by a pediment, two high arched windows frame the entrance. On both floors large rectangular windows line the facade. A cornice is topped by another pediment and the sloping roof gives way for a central drum atop which rests a dome. The large dome is topped by a balustraded balcony, another drum and a lantern capped by a lightning rod. The rod was constructed and grounded accordingly to the direct specifications of the inventor, Benjamin Franklin. The dome of the statehouse is depicted on the Maryland state quarter.
In the rotunda is a replica of the USS Maryland (1799). Large Corinthian columns support the arches bracing the large dome above. A balustrade lines the second floor balcony.
Old Senate Chamber:
To the right of the entrance is the old Senate Chamber restored to its 1783 appearance. The restoration team carefully matched the draperies and repainted the room to its original colors. Chairs and desks were added to the room in the exact number (16) as originally furbished. The desk for the president is an original piece made by John Shaw in 1797.
It was in the Old Senate Chamber that George Washington famously resigned his commission as commander in chief of the Continental Army on December 23, 1783. A mannequin of George Washington stands in period clothing at the head of the room.
Less well known, but important nonetheless, is the historic event that took place on February 2, 1781 when the Governor, in the presence of the members of both Houses of the State Legislature, signed and sealed the "act to empower the delegates of this state in Congress to subscribe and ratify the articles of confederation".
The decision established the requisite unanimous consent of all thirteen states for the formation of a Perpetual Union. This was the final step in the formation of the United States of America as a nation. The passing of the much awaited law also served to remove any doubt about the resolve of the states to unite during the Revolutionary War. In 1861, the fact that "the faith of all the then thirteen States was expressly plighted and engaged that [the Union] should be perpetual" was considered of major importance by President Abraham Lincoln when declaring the secession of the southern states from the Union to be illegal.
Working Senate Chamber:
The Senate chamber is located in a new wing to the original structure. The room is illuminated by a Tiffany-style skylight above. Red carpet emblazoned with the state seal covers the entire floor. Large Ionic columns line the walls as well as supports the viewing gallery. the marble lining the walls and the columns are flecked with rust and black colors, Maryland's official colors.
Two statues flank the podium and are two famous Marylanders. The one is John Hanson, the first president under the Articles of Confederation, the other is Charles Carroll, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Four portraits of the Declaration of Independence signatories for Maryland hang from the walls: William Paca, Thomas Stone, Samuel Chase, and Charles Carroll.
Working House Chamber:
The House of Representatives working chamber is also in the new wing to the building. The carpet is a navy blue and designed with a diamond and olive sheaths. The same rust and black marble lines the chamber and forms the Ionic columns lining the walls. A spectators gallery rises above the rostrum. The speaker sits in front of a broken marble pediment supporting a clock. portraits of former Speakers of the House hang from the walls.
United States Capital:
From November 26, 1783 to June 3, 1784, Annapolis served as the United States capital. The Congress of the Confederation met in the Maryland State House. Subsequently, Annapolis was a candidate to become the new permanent national capital before Washington, D.C. was built.
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