History

The city of Annapolis is sometimes described as a “museum without walls” and that is certainly true when it comes to the art you see in the beautiful architecture. Annapolis has an array of different styles of buildings that span the centuries but is most notable for its colonial architecture of the early days of our country.

Architecture
Image courtesy of Patrick McNamara of Drawn to the Image.

The Historic Markers program uses a color-coded system of plaques to signify different styles and time periods of architecture throughout the Historic District. From the 18th Century Georgian Mansions to the contemporary designs of the early 20th Century, there is much to see and explore.

Architecture
Image courtesy of Patrick McNamara of Drawn to the Image.

You could take a self-guided walking tour through Annapolis, but if you are looking for a more in-depth, interactive experience, the Architrex tour is for you! Presented by Historic Annapolis in partnership with Annapolis Tours by Watermark, you can follow a local architect around the streets of Annapolis and learn more about the styles and features of some of the most notable examples of 17th and 18th buildings in the city. Tours are offered twice a month on Saturdays from May through September. Cost for adults is $22, children 3-11 years old is $14.  Ages two and under are free. For more information, there are great resources at the Annapolis Visitor Center located at 26 West Street, as well as their conveniently located Info Booth in the front of the HarborMaster down at City Dock.

Architecture
Image courtesy of Patrick McNamara of Drawn to the Image.

If you plan on walking the streets of Annapolis without a guide, you can check out a self-guided walking tour from Historic Annapolis using a great brochure by the Historic Marker program. Brochures are available at many of the Historic Annapolis properties, as well as at the Visitor Center and Info Booth.

Videography and photos courtesy of Patrick McNamara of Drawn to the Image.

 

Jamie Foster

Jamie Foster is married with two young daughters and lives in Annapolis. You might see her walking the brick-paved streets of our colonial city as a tour guide, complete with 18th century clothing. Originally from Michigan, she moved to Long Island, NY for graduate school where she received her degree in Exercise Physiology. She worked for many years in Cardiac Rehabilitation before moving to Maryland in 2008. Since then, she has stayed home to be with her children. Now that they are in school, she enjoys volunteering and sharing her love of history as a tour guide. Jamie enjoys coffee, exploring historical sites, spending time with friends and being involved in her church.