Featuring more than 13,788 square feet of flexible conference and event rooms, our welcoming facilities can accommodate diverse groups from 10 to 400 guests. State-of-the-art audio and visual equipment and high-speed Internet is provided for each unique space that combines tradition with modern comfort to capture the charm of the historic maritime location. From gourmet catering service to professional planning assistance, whatever you need for your next convention, banquet, business meeting, or special event in Maryland, we have the perfect space for you.
Jonas Green was known throughout the colonies as the public printer of Maryland from 1738 until his passing in 1767. During that time he printed the "Maryland Gazette" as well as poetry, essays and sermons of Maryland's most distinguished men of letters including the Rev. Thomas Bacon and Alexander Hamilton.
More than one-third of the nation's catch of blue crab comes from the bountiful waters of the beautiful Chesapeake Bay. Blue crabs have the highest value of any commercial fishery and generate over $55 million in revenues each year for the state of Maryland. A favorite food of Maryland locals, the blue crab is the most popular and lucrative catch of the Chesapeake Bay.
If you listen to the beat, you will hear the echo of William Butterfield's drum. In the 1750s on Lot #49 (now Drummer's Lot Pub), William was Annapolis' version of a Town Crier. William's difference was a series of complex drumbeats he used to disseminate important public information including the time of day and the start of a legislative session.
A resident of Annapolis, Maryland, Anthony Stewart owned a ship known as the Peggy Stewart, named for his daughter. The ship arrived at Annapolis harbor loaded with 2,000 pounds of tea. Anthony paid tax on the tea and quietly moved it ashore. Soon afterwards, a group of citizens went to his house, angry that he paid an "English" tax. They gave him a choice - burn the ship or be hanged at his front door! On October 19, 1774, Anthony ran his ship aground and applied the torch himself.
John Ball operated two upscale inns in Annapolis in the late 1700s. He passed away in 1784 heavily in debt. His widow, Sarah, bore the burden of running the inns and trying to overcome their financial woes. Maryland inheritance laws at the time awarded Sarah only one-third of her husband's assets. She tried to compensate for this by opening the King of France Tavern (now the Starbucks at The Maryland Inn). By 1786, Sarah declared bankruptcy and sold the property.
Anne Arundel was a Royal Princess and the wife of a "Calvert." In 1695, then Governor Francis Nicholson changed the name of our town from Anne Arundel Town to Annapolis ("Anne's City"). Two churches were built in Anne's honor. The main church, St. Anne's, is located in the middle of Church Circle.
The beginning of our history goes hand-in-hand with the construction of the Maryland Inn, where the Treaty of Paris restaurant sits today. In 1772, Thomas Hyde, a respected merchant, acquired a lease and built the facade of the Maryland Inn. He then advertised the building for sale with an ad that included the following: "an elegant brick house adjoining Church Circle…one of the first houses in the state for a house of entertainment." The entertainment Mr. Hyde was referring to was dining at the "Ordinance Room," which is now the Treaty of Paris restaurant. The Treaty of Paris restaurant was an active gathering spot for many years along with its adjoining pub, the Drummer's Lot.
On September 3, 1783, the actual Treaty of Paris (known as the Paris Peace Treaty) was signed in Paris, France and then ratified by George Washington at the State House in Annapolis, MD, which at that time was the Capital of the new colonies. This document was signed by three notable American figures: John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and John Jay. Records indicate that these men celebrated together at the Treaty of Paris Restaurant after signing the ratification! Needless to say, the restaurant was named after this important document that ended the American Revolutionary War.
Dr. Abram Claude was the mayor of Annapolis from 1849-1851 and very influential within the state and local community. In 1854, Abram Claude bought the defunct Calvert House and enlarged the building and endowed it with Victorian features. The current Governor Calvert House still incorporates this Victorian feel and decor.
Governor Calvert Ballroom
Located at 58 State Circle, the Governor Calvert House is the former home of Charles Calvert, the second provincial governor of Maryland from 1720 - 1727. The lobby of this historic inn was the actual home of Governor Calvert and his wife Rebecca Gerard tastefully restored and furnished it. Today, this elegant ballroom is a lovely venue for receptions and banquets.
Duke of Gloucester
The Duke of Gloucester was born in 1689 and was the only son of Queen Anne and Prince George of Denmark to survive infancy. Tragically, Duke William only survived to the age of 11. The title of "Duke of Gloucester" was often conferred upon one of the sons of the reigning monarch. A street named after William and bearing his title is located behind the Maryland Inn.
In 1720, Charles Calvert (a captain in the Grenadier Guards) bought the now Governor Calvert House. Shortly afterwards, he was appointed the Governor of Maryland by his cousin, the Fifth Lord Baltimore. Two years after his appointment as Governor, Charles married the 16-year old Rebecca Gerard, the daughter of a prominent Prince George county merchant and planter.
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