Maryland State House

Maryland State House (HM1758)

Location: Annapolis, MD 21401 Anne Arundel County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 58.723', W 76° 29.485'

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The Naval War of 1812 in Annapolis

— Don't Give Up the Ship! —

The seat of Maryland government, the State House was at the center of the state's planning for the War of 1812, both locally and in coordination with President Madison's administration in Washington, D.C. Near constant fear of invasion by the British led Governor Levin Winder (1757-1819) to direct the removal of the state's historical records from the State House for relocation to various sites from 1813 to 1815. Throughout the period of the war, the State House dome was used as a lookout by Major William Barney (son of Commodore Joshua Barney) to monitor the movement of British ships coming up the Chesapeake Bay.

The war, and the effect it had on public officials, British sailors in the Bay, and the free and enslaved residents of Annapolis, is explored in the exhibit "'The enemy nearly all `round us' : Annapolis and the War of 1812" that will be on display in the State House throughout 2013.


Engraving of the State House at Annapolis, 1789
Charles Willson Peale (1741-1827)
Maryland State Archives
HM NumberHM1758
Series This marker is part of the National Historic Landmarks series
Placed ByUnited States Naval Academy
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Date Added Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 6:10am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 370813 N 4315472
Decimal Degrees38.97871667, -76.49141667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 58.723', W 76° 29.485'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 58' 43.38" N, 76° 29' 29.10" W
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Area Code(s)410, 301, 443, 202, 703
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 90 State Cir, Annapolis MD 21401, US
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