Since we hadn't seen the Maryland State Capital, we drove there for a quick visit in the middle of the afternoon. We parked downtown near the Vistor's Center in the public garage and walked the two blocks to the capitol.
The Maryland State House sits atop the what seems like the highest point in the city.
The capitol is small by some standards but is rich in history. It is the oldest State House in continuous use in the U.S. That note is quite amazing to us since it goes back to 1772.
It has a beautiful dome that is unique as it is made completely of wood with no nails.
The current State House is the third to be located on the site. The first one burned in 1704, the second was completed in 1709 but was not adequate for the growing colony. The current structure was started in 1772 and completed in 1779.
The State House has the distinction of being the only State Capitol to serve as the nation's capitol from November 26, 1783 - August 13, 1784.
I took the diagram from self-guided tour brochure that gives a layout of the the old portion of the State House at the top and the annex which was joined to the existing building during the 1902-1906 construction period.
Next we saw a collection of silverware from the USS Maryland housed in the next room on the same side.
Across the hall is the Old Senate Chamber's where General George Washington resigned his commission as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army on December 23, 1783.
The Senate Committee and Stairwell Rooms house two galleries with important paintings.
The walls are filled with paintings of key figures in Maryland's history including Washington, Lafayette and Tilghman at Yorktown, and John Hansen who was a delegate to the Continental Congress and at one time served as President of the Continental Congress. I've never heard of him. But that's one reason we go to these places -- to learn.
We spent about an hour at the State House trying to absorb as much as we could and then continued our drive to Fairfax to see Adam and Melissa and spend the night with them.
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