Anne Arundel County

If you’re a history buff, Annapolis and Anne Arundel County belong on your bucket list. Annapolis served as our nation’s first peacetime capital. Maryland’s four signers of the Declaration of Independence had homes here, which are a few minutes’ walk from each other and can still be visited and enjoyed today. A walk down our brick-lined streets puts you in touch with four centuries of history and architecture.

There are more 18th-century brick homes in Annapolis than any other city in the nation, making a trip to Annapolis a true walk down memory lane.

Visit buildings once frequented by names like Jefferson and Washington, or the exact spot the Treaty of Paris was ratified. Or stop by the Maryland State House – the oldest in continuous use – for a peek into the room where George Washington resigned his military commission to the Continental Congress. Take a stroll through town and you’ll see firsthand that every brick seems to hold its very own story.

Not to be outdone, the Annapolis Countryside tells the story of generations of farmers and watermen whose lives have been shaped by the Chesapeake Bay and the rich farmland that surrounds it. Head over to Historic London Town for a glimpse into one of the area’s earliest settlements, where an active archaeological site and museum showcase centuries of native artifacts.

For local perspectives on the history, landmarks, and on-going exhibits in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, check out our blog, Historian Annapolis.

www.visitannapolis.org

Talbot County

Talbot County is located in the heart of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Founded around 1661, it’s named for Lady Grace Talbot, sister of Lord Baltimore and the first proprietary governor of Maryland.

Today, the county is home to the charming towns of Easton, Oxford, Queen Anne, St. Michaels and Trappe. With more than 600 miles of shoreline, Talbot County is a terrific place to live, work and play.

www.eastonmd.org, www.stmichaelsmd.comwww.oxfordmd.net

Queen Anne’s County

Queen Anne’s County was created in 1706. The County was named for Queen Anne (1665-1714), who ruled Great Britain and Ireland from 1702 to 1714. During Queen Anne’s reign, Maryland was governed as a royal colony rather than as a proprietary province.

Queen Anne’s, also known as Maryland’s gateway to the Eastern Shore, is located just 43 miles from Washington D.C., Queen Anne’s County is uniquely accessible by land, air and water. Escape the hectic monotony of everyday life by escaping to the Bay’s Eastern Shore. Embraced by over 200 miles of panoramic waterways, and graced with acres of pastoral rural landscape, Queen Anne’s offers a relaxing environment in which one may find peace of mind.  It is a place where captivating sunsets illuminate the rural landscape, the maritime industry thrives, the seafood is fresh, and the waterfront views are endless.

www.visitmaryland.org/city/kentisland

www.visitmaryland.org/city/centreville

Dorchester County

Dorchester County, which is physically shaped like a heart, is known as the Heart of Chesapeake Country. Rich in Chesapeake Bay history, folklore and tradition, Dorchester offers unsurpassed opportunities to experience a most beautiful and unique part of Maryland. With its pristine rivers, marshlands, working boats, quaint waterfront towns and villages among fertile farm fields…much still exists of the authentic Eastern Shore landscape and traditional way of life along the Chesapeake.

Dorchester County is changing.  The County is growing with the revitalization of the Cambridge Downtown Area, planned residential projects, and a “can do” philosophy at the local and county government levels.

www.visitdorchester.org, www.visitdorchester.org/cambridge-md

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