The Declaration of Independence was sanctioned on July 4, 1776. Signed by 56 delegates to the Continental Congress, the Declaration announced that the America’s thirteen colonies would now be regarded as thirteen independent, sovereign states – no longer under British rule. This was the first combined step towards the formation of the United States of America. Of the signers, four were from Maryland and have houses here in Annapolis that are still in use.

Declaration of Independence
Peggy Stewart House

William Paca, Thomas Stone, Samuel Chase, and Charles Carroll of Carrollton took the risk of losing their lives, their land, and their fortunes for the chance to secure the liberties of the American people’s future. A risk that surely paid off.

Declaration of Independence
William Paca House

To celebrate July 4th and these four Maryland Signers, I took a stroll around Annapolis to visit the houses that are attached to each of them: William Paca House, Chase-Lloyd House, the Peggy Stewart House, and the Charles Carroll House.


Photos courtesy of VisitAnnapolis.org. Video 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.