Tuesday, July 14, 2015

More Bits of Annapolis from the Fourth of July

We stumbled upon some interesting sights in Annapolis as we were enjoying our Fourth of July.

Our travels took us along Pinkney Street with its many old and charming buildings. The Waterfront Warehouse dates back to 1800 and is now a small museum to runaway slaves.

Waterfront Warehouse

The first floor has displays describing the lives of two slaves from the 1800s. One was William Ross, known as Rolla. During the War of 1812, he ran away from his owner because the British were offering freedom to runaway slaves. When they saw the British ships attacking Fort McHenry in 1814, Rolla and about twenty other slaves escaped. The attack was unsuccessful but the slaves did find freedom with the Redcoats.

Learning about Rolla

Daddy and N with a recreation of Rolla's clothing

The warehouse also has an old map of Annapolis and some barrels to give it a warehouse look.

Annapolis in the early 1800s 

Storage containers

A few doors down is Shiplap House. It dates from 1715 and is one of the oldest buildings in Annapolis. In the 1700s it was a store and a tavern. Now it is the offices of Historic Annapolis.

Shiplap House

Even small duplexes look charming.

Row houses?

We saw some interesting buildings on other streets. I always love a front porch, especially when it's a second-story porch!

I would hang out there all the time!

The colors on this house caught my eye, as did the angled orientation. Most other buildings face the street directly with no front yards. Whoever built this must have wanted a little garden out front.

Red, white, and green may not be patriotic but it looks nice

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