The Maryland State House

By | Apr 13, 2010

The 2010 Maryland Legislature finished their 2010 session around Midnight of Monday April 12th.

The State House dates to 1772 and is the oldest state capitol in continuous legislative use. Along with the meeting place for the State Senate and Delegates the Governor has his offices there.

One of the outstanding features of the State House is its wooden dome. At the top of the dome is a ‘Franklin’ lightning rod, the largest put on a building during the lifetime of its inventor Benjamin Franklin. It was built to his specifications.

From November 26, 1783 to June 3, 1784, Annapolis served as the United States capital meeting in Maryland State House. Annapolis was one of several locations to be considered as the permanent national capital before Washington, D.C. was built.

The old Senate chambers of the Maryland State House has been restored to its 1783 appearance for that’s when George Washington resigned his commission as Commander-in-Chief of the Revolutionary Army on December 23, 1783.

On January 14, 1784 the Continental Congress ratified the Treaty of Paris that ended the Revolutionary War confirming that the United States were a nation unto themselves.


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