Stroll along Maryland Avenue from the Maryland State House three blocks to the gate of the United States Naval Academy, and you'll be walking in Thomas Jefferson's footprints. He sat on the steps of the Chase-Lloyd House to sketch studies of the elegant doorway gracing the Hammond-Harwood House across the street. These are just some of the many historic 18th and 19th century buildings that make Annapolis a virtual museum of architecture.
Packed into these three brick-paved blocks, you'll find shops devoted to "gifts pertaining to entertaining," world-class custom jewelers, antique shops, galleries, restaurants, and a book store Jefferson himself could spend hours poking through tomes new and old.
The Maryland State House is located in Annapolis and is the oldest state capitol in continuous legislative use, dating to 1772. It houses the Maryland General Assembly and offices of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor. The capitol has the distinction of being topped by the largest wooden dome in the United States constructed without nails. The current building, which was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960, is the third statehouse on its site. The building is administered by the State House Trust, established in 1969.