Steeped in history and proud of it, Annapolis is a small town with a large legacy. Maryland's capital city boasts the oldest state house in continuous use in America. It has the largest display of 18th-century architecture of any U.S. city. And its picturebook-pretty downtown was the country's first officially declared National Historic Landmark District.
Annapolis served as the first capital of the newly born American republic from 1783 to 1784; it was here that the Continental Congress formally ratified the Treaty of Paris, officially ending the Revolutionary War. It was also here, in a State House chamber on 23 December 1783, that General George Washington stood before Congress and eloquently tendered his resignation as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army.