Planned in the Past

Planned in the Past (HM25SH)

Location: Annapolis, MD 21401 Anne Arundel County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 58.666', W 76° 29.37'

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Main Street

—The Nicholson Town Plan —

Governor Francis Nicholson
Governor of the Province of Maryland, 1694-1698

[Image captions:]
· Photograph by Carol M. Highsworth. [LC-N3503-1883]
· Portrait thought to be of Francis Nicholson, c.1710. MSA SC 1621-590. Photograph courtesy of Michael Dahl.

Francis Nicholson became governor of the province of Maryland in 1694. He was largely responsible for the relocation of Maryland's capital from St. Mary's City to the more centrally located town on the Severn River that he named Annapolis. In keeping with his interest in the established church, Nicholson designed the new capital with the Anglican Church and the State House as focal points. He also provided for a boys' grammar school.

Annapolis is a remarkable urban environment. Laid out more than 300 years ago, the city evokes a sense of history and a sense of place, expressed in the character of its streets, its relationship to the water around it, and its pleasing human scale. Governor Francis Nicholson's 1695 town plan for Annapolis is the oldest surviving Baroque city plan in the United States.

[Image caption:]
Aerial of State House, State Circle, and Government House, 1967, by Mike C. Ernst [MSA SC #140-1-583]

Nicholson Town Plan Mural

location: 133 Main Street (Gorman Street Side), Annapolis
HM NumberHM25SH
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Date Added Monday, March 5th, 2018 at 1:02pm PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 370978 N 4315364
Decimal Degrees38.97776667, -76.48950000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 58.666', W 76° 29.37'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 58' 39.96" N, 76° 29' 22.2" W
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Area Code(s)410, 301, 443, 202, 703
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 142-152 Main St, Annapolis MD 21401, US
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