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Maryland State House

Maryland State House

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The Maryland State House is located in Annapolis, Maryland. It is the oldest U.S. state capitol in continuous legislative use, dating to 1772 and houses … See more

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Nov 5, 2022
The rooms about Washington, Fredrick Douglas, and Harriet Tubman were the best. Worth spending 30-45 minutes here Full review by Dovidan
Oct 24, 2022
Beautiful building with great decorations and paintings. Amazed to be surrounded by so much history that took place there. Full review by eduardobri2
Sep 5, 2022
Beautiful place, loads of history. Multiple locals kept telling us it was a must-do - glad we went. My favorites were the room where George Washington resigned his commission (unheard of in those d… Full review by Carolina_Traveler_7

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Oldest State Capitol in Continuous Legislative Use
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 and offices of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor. The capitol has the distinction of being topped by the largest wooden dome in the United States constructed without nails. The current building, which was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960 is the third statehouse on its site. The building is administered by the State House Trust, which was created in 1969. Chambers Old Senate Chamber: To the right of the entrance is the old Senate Chamber. Chairs and desks were added to the room in the exact number 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 front of the room. Working Senate Chamber: The Senate chamber is located in a wing added to the original structure between 1902 and 1905. 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 and support the viewing gallery. The marble along the walls and the columns are flecked with rust and black, Maryland's official colors. Working House Chamber: The House of Delegates chamber is also in the new wing to the building. The carpet is navy blue and designed with a diamond and olive sheaths. The same rust and black marble lines the chamber and forms the Ionic columns along the walls. A spectators' gallery is above the rostrum. The speaker sits in front of a broken marble pediment supporting a clock. Portraits of former Speakers of the House hang on the walls. Governor's Reception Room: The Governor's Reception Room is on the second floor. The room is mainly ceremonial and used for bill signings. Portraits of former governors hang on the walls. Portraits of Henrietta Maria and Queen Anne hang nearby. United States Capital: From November 26, 1783 to August 13, 1784, Annapolis was the capital of the United States. 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. United States District Court: The United States District Court for the District of Maryland met there for the first decade of its existence. In 1800, judge Samuel Chase tried a local postmaster for embezzlement and sentenced him to thirty-nine lashes. To execute the sentence, the defendant was tied to one of the statehouse columns.
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