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History of Historic Inns of Annapolis, Annapolis, Maryland

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One of the most important events in our nation's history happened on December 23, 1783, at the Maryland State House, steps away from the three properties of the Historic Inns of Annapolis. George Washington, Commander in Chief of the Continental Army, resigned his military commission giving the country "permission" to elect their first leader.

Maryland Inn at Historic Inns of Annapolis, Annapolis, Maryland

Photograph of the Maryland Inn by Henry Schaefer c. 1888-1890.

Maryland Inn

Prominently situated on the historic lot laid out for use by the Drummer of the Town in 1721 by the Mayor's Court, Lot 49 was the designated location for "the beating of the drum and keeping the gate". After attracting people's attention, the Town Drummer announced the day's news, similar to a Town Crier elsewhere. "He also used his drum to call the State Legislature for the afternoon sessions. And if a member was missing after the third drum roll, he was fined 100 pounds of tobacco." Annapolis Town Drummer, William Butterfield, received his drum in 1751 on the order of his excellency, Samuel Ogle, Proprietary Governor of Maryland.

Governor Calvert House at Historic Inns of Annapolis, Annapolis, Maryland

Photograph of Annapolis from the State House by Henry Schaefer c. 1888-1895. The Governor Calvert House is the bottom center building.

Governor Calvert House

The property situated directly across from the original main entrance of the Maryland State House, was owned by two colonial governors, Charles Calvert in 1728 and Benedict Calvert in 1748. The Calvert family were the proprietors of the colony of Maryland whose charter was granted in 1632. In 1765, the structure was rebuilt into the popular Georgian style and the front entrance was moved, no longer overlooking the bay, to face the State Circle. This shift purposely coincided with the future building and importance of the State House in 1772.

Robert Johnson House at Historic Inns of Annapolis, Annapolis, Maryland

The Maryland State House, directly to the left is the Robert Johnson House.

Robert Johnson House

The prominent Johnson family of Annapolis owned this property from 1722 to 1857 with several generations of bequeathment; namesake Robert Johnson being the first with his grandson and great grandson, of the same name, continuing ownership for 135 years. The original entrance was on what is now Main St. In 1766, the property was used as a ropemaking and cabinetry shop for its proximity next to the renowned city cabinetmaker, John Shaw.