This self guided walking tour will acquaint you with many of locations throughout Annapolis and the United States Naval Academy. They will direct you to a major exhibit on the War of 1812 at the U.S. Naval Academy—Seas, Lakes & Bay: The Naval War of 1812. In this exhibit, you will see and learn that the War of 1812 had a tremendous impact on our country and in the development of the United States Navy. It is this legacy that we, the United States Naval Academy, celebrate with you on this bicentennial of the War.
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Walking Tour Locations:
- Mahan Hall (Maryland Avenue)
- HMS Macedonian Monument (Maryland Avenue)
- United States Naval Academy Museum (Maryland Avenue)
- Joseph Nicholson Home & Bandstand (Blake Rd.)
- HMS Confiance Cannon (Macdonough Hall north)
- Chase-Lloyd House (22 Maryland Ave.)
- St. John's College (College Ave.)
- St. Anne's Church (Church Circle)
- Maryland State House (State Circle)
- Historic Annapolis Foundation (99 Main St.)
Other Points of Interest:
- A. Fort Madison, Fort Nonsense, located at Greenbury Point.
- B. Fort Severn
- C. USNA Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center; Restrooms
- D. USNA Gate 1
- E. USNA Gate 3; Restrooms
- F. Dahlgren Hall: Dry Dock Food Services; Restrooms
- G. Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Information Booth at City Dock
1. Mahan Hall (Maryland Avenue)
April 1-November 3, 2013
Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
- Seas, Lakes & Bay; The Naval War of 1812 Exhibit The Hart Room on the second floor of Mahan Hall houses a comprehensive display of War of 1812 art and artifacts from the collections of Mr. William I. Koch and the United States Naval Academy Museum.
- The United States Navy Trophy Flag Collection Begun by an Act of Congress in 1814 and given to the care of the Naval Academy in 1849, now totals more than 600 historic American and captured foreign flags.
2. HMS Macedonian Monument (Maryland Avenue)
Erected in 1924, the monument includes a helmeted figurehead representing Alexander the Great which was originally located at the bow of HMS Macedonian.
3. United States Naval Academy Museum (Maryland Avenue)
Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Located in Preble Hall, the Museum offers two floors of exhibits about the history of sea power, the development of the U.S. Navy, and the role of the U.S. Naval Academy in producing officers capable of leading America's sailors and marines. The famous "Don't Give Up the Ship" battle flag flown at the Battle of Lake Erie is displayed here.
- HMS Cyane carronades Flanking the entrance to the USNA Museum, are the cannons of the British warship HMS Cyane, captured by the USS Constitution in 1815.
4. Joseph Nicholson Home & Bandstand (Blake Rd.)
The original manuscript for the "Star-Spangled Banner" was held in the now demolished Nicholson house at this site. After the house was removed, a bandstand was built so that the USNA Band could play the "Star-Spangled Banner."
5. HMS Confiance Cannon (Macdonough Hall north)
HMS Confiance surrendered to an American squadron after the Battle of Lake Champlain, on September 11, 1814. Commanding Officer, Commodore George Downie was killed when a cannonball fired by the USS Saratoga hit this cannon.
6. Chase-Lloyd House (22 Maryland Avenue)
Patriot Samuel Chase started building this house in 1769, but he sold it unfinished two years later to wealthy Eastern Shore planter Edward Lloyd IV. Lloyd's youngest daughter, Mary Tayloe Lloyd, married Francis Scott Key, author of the "Star-Spangled Banner," in the home's front parlor in 1802.
7. St. John's College (College Ave.)
Chartered in 1784, St. John's traces its earliest origins to King William's School, a grammar or preparatory school founded in 1696. Francis Scott Key, author of the "Star-Spangled Banner," graduated from St. John's College in 1796.
8. St. Anne's Church (Church Circle)
This is the third building to house the Episcopal congregation of St. Anne's Church. The second church was completed in 1792 and burned in 1858. As noted on a plaque just inside the front door, Francis Scott Key attended service at St. Anne's during his years of schooling in Annapolis.
9. Maryland State House (State Circle)
Monday - Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., photo ID required
January - December 2013
- Exhibit "The enemy nearly all 'round us': Annapolis and the War of 1812"
This exhibit features original documents and artifacts related to how Annapolitans were affected by the war.
- USS Maryland Silver Display
This service, on display created by Samuel Kirk & Sons of Baltimore in 1906 features a punch bowl with an engraved depiction of the bombardment of Fort McHenry.
- Roger Brooke Taney Statue
This statue of the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court is located at the original entrance to the State House. Taney met Francis Scott Key while studying under Jeremiah Townley Chase, and Taney later married Key's sister, Anne.
10. Historic Annapolis Foundation (99 Main St.)
Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. - 5
Sunday 11 a.m. - 5
Located near City Dock, the Historic Annapolis Museum offers information on Annapolis' history as well as local information on tours, venues and events. Exhibits include images from Annapolis' past, a 6 ft by 6 ft model of Annapolis in the 18th century, and a runaway slave exhibit which includes slaves who fought for the British during the War of 1812.
A. Fort Madison, Fort Nonsense, located at Greenbury Point.
B. Fort Severn
Served as an Army post from 1808 until 1845.
C. USNA Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center; Restrooms
Gift Shop, guided tours and restrooms available.
Daily, March-December, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Daily, January-February, 9 a.m. - 4p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day and Easter before noon.
D. USNA Gate 1
Photo I.D. required ages 16 & older. Only vehicles with DoD stickers and handicapped tags permitted on the Yard.
E. USNA Gate 3; Restrooms
Photo I.D. required ages 16 & older; Restrooms; Pedestrian access only.
F. Dahlgren Hall: Dry Dock Food Services
Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Closed on Federal Holidays