Annapolis and Anne Arundel County has a long and illustrious American and maritime history for you to explore. Wander through our historic shopping districts and towns. Enjoy the charm of an 18th-century farmhouse or a colonial village in historic London Town. In addition to its maritime history, Anne Arundel County is also rich in African-American history and culture. Come and discover our area’s historical roots. Check out one of the many interesting history and heritage attractions below.
Ann Arrundell County Historical Society
The Ann Arundel Historical Society operates the Benson-Hammond House Museum at BWI Airport and the Kuethe Library for historical and geographical research in Glen Burnie. A year-round schedule of programs and activities to perpetuate the county’s historical resources.
Annapolis Maritime Museum
Preserving and teaching 400 years of maritime history. Current exhibit: ” The Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse Experience,” gift shop. Thomas Point Lighthouse tours available mid-summer. Open Sat & Sun Call for hours. Group tours by appointment.
Annapolis Tours by Watermark
Journey into history, culture and FUN year round; enjoy and unforgettable walking tour through historic Annapolis with colonial-dressed guides. Tour the State House and the United States Naval Academy. Specialty tours include Haunted Ghost Tours, African American Heritage Tours and a Holiday Candlelight Stroll. sFor private group tours and complete schedules call 410-268-7601 or on-line at annapolistours.com
Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum
Explore 40 acres of railroad history at the Birthplace of American Railroading. See and touch the most important railroad collection in the Western Hemisphere. Seasonal train rides available.
Museum of African American history and culture, changing exhibits, lectures, films, tours and educational programs.
The Benson-Hammond House, circa 1830, is one of the last surviving farmhouses of the once-booming local farm industry. Fully furnished, the house also serves as a period museum. Tours are available. Handicapped accessible.
Capital City Colonials
Our public walking tours include Annapolis-in-an-Hour which is a 1-hour orientation tour; Historic District 101, a longer tour with colonial guides taking you inside buildings; and the Annapolis Food History Tour which includes food samplings about town.
Phone: 410-295-9715 Email
Charles Carroll House of Annapolis, Inc
Home of Charles Carroll, the only Catholic to sign the Declaration of Independence and one of the wealthiest men in colonial America. Partially restored House, 18th-century terraced gardens overlooking Spa Creek.
Georgian mansion built in 1769 by Samuel Chase, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. The house is open for tours March 1-December 30, Mon-Sat. Closed Jan.-Feb., holidays and the eves of holidays.
Discover Annapolis Tours
Our 60-minute tours start and end at the Annapolis Visitor’s Center, located at 26 West St. There are about 1300 buildings in Annapolis at least a century old, representing 15 different architectural styles. This tour focuses on the largest and the oldest of those 1300 buildings, with special attention on the Georgian style–harmonious and balanced–named for the Kings George who ruled Britain much of the 18th century. Annapolis has the highest concentration of Georgian buildings in America. Street, April – November (winter schedule varies), to explore waterfront neighborhoods, U.S. Naval Academy (exterior), colonial history and surprises!
Four Rivers Heritage Area
Four Rivers connects visitors and residents with local heritage through development and support of tourism products, such as brochures, exhibits, and programs that enhance our rich historic, cultural, and natural resources.
Galesville Heritage Society
Galesville Heritage Society, Inc. operates the Galesville Heritage Museum, in the Carrie Weedon House at 988 Main Street The Museum is open on Sundays from April through November, 1 – 4 p.m. or by appointment. The Heritage Museum contains many interesting artifacts from the surrounding area, collected histories, and memorabilia. Visitors may browse through the library of reference books on local history or view the videotaped interviews with local residents.
Historic Annapolis Foundation
Offering two self-guided walking tours, “Historic Annapolis Walk with Walter Cronkite” and the “African American Heritage Walking Tour.” available at the Historic Annapolis Foundation Museum Store
Historic Annapolis Museum Store
Discover all the ways to encounter three centuries of history in Annapolis! Complete orientation center, multimedia presentations, exhibits, and gift shop. The starting point for walking tours, tickets for venues, events and more.
Kunta Kinte Foundation Inc.
The Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation supports development initiatives for the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial located at the City Dock in Annapolis. The Foundation encourages greater study and awareness of African American culture, history, and genealogy and supports the research of family heritage. Resource Center open to the public.
St. John’s College
Originally King William’s School founded in 1696. The site of Revolutionary and Civil War encampments. A long tradition of liberal arts education with present great books curriculum. Traces its origins back to King William’s School founded in 1696. The site of Revolutionary and Civil War encampments. Continues a long tradition of liberal arts education with present great books.
U.S. Naval Academy/Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center
Start your visit to the United States Naval Academy (1845) at the Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center, where knowledgeable Information Specialists will answer your questions about what there is to see and do at the undergraduate college of the US Navy and US Marine Corps.
Begin by viewing the free 13-minute film, “The Call to Serve”, in a comfortable 100 seat theater. Take a guided walking tour of the historical sites on “the Yard” and learn about the traditions of the Academy and midshipmen life with a USNA certified guide. The tour begins at the Visitor Center, which is conveniently located inside USNA Gate 1. Pedestrian entrances are on Prince George and Randall Streets. Two-hour parking can be found at Annapolis City Dock and on King George Street. Garage parking is located on Main Street.
Visit a rare surviving example of the small warehouses that dotted the Annapolis waterfront in the 18th and early 19th centuries. See a large 3-D model of the waterfront as it existed in the 18th century.
Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center
The Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center and Memorial Courtyard is the centerpiece of the $27 million dollar Bates Heritage Park which opened in a public celebration, September 2006. The Legacy Center is dedicated to preserving and presenting the history of Wiley H. Bates High School, formerly (1933 to 1966) the only high school for African Americans in Anne Arundel County. It is a unique cultural arts heritage museum displaying historical documents and collections that preserve the Bates Spirit that yet lives.