In addition to being the state capital, Annapolis is the county seat of Anne Arundel County. Currently, nearly 40,000 people call Annapolis home, including some 4,264 residents at the Naval Academy.
Annapolis real estate residents and visitors alike can stroll along the famed waterfront or sit at City Dock -- the country's only remaining pre-Revolutionary seaport -- and imagine what Annapolis must have been during the 1700s when the city was a bustling seaport with vessels sailing in to trade from all over the world. They can watch sailboat races in the harbor and understand why Annapolis is America's Sailing Capital. Or they can enjoy the many shops, restaurants, activities and scenery Annapolis has to offer.
Parks & Recreation
The city's Parks and Recreation Department conducts over 50 leisure programs. There are 96 acres of parkland in the city. Truxtun Park at the headwaters of Spa Creek provides 70 acres for outdoor activities, including 12 tennis courts and 5 basketball courts, an outdoor swimming pool, three outdoor playing fields and one multi-purpose facility.
Cultural activities include the Annapolis Symphony, Annapolis Opera, Colonial Players, Annapolis Chorale, Annapolis Brass Quintet, Ballet Theatre of Annapolis, Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre, Children's Theatre of Annapolis and many other groups that sponsor and present both professional and amateur shows, exhibits, and concerts.
History & Arts
Historic Annapolis, Inc. and Three Centuries Tours coordinate presentations, organize tours of the city's historic homes and buildings, and conduct on-going research into the city's past. The Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts provides space for artists in residence and classes in art, dance, music, and many other mediums.
There are nine elementary and three secondary public schools in the area. Public schools are operated by the Anne Arundel County Board of Education. There are two private schools and one parochial school in the area. It is also the home of the United States Naval Academy, founded in 1845, as well as St. John's College, founded in 1696 as King William's School and the third oldest institution of higher learning in the United States.
The Anne Arundel General Hospital and Medical Center, located in downtown Annapolis, is a full-service hospital. The Anne Arundel County Health Department offers out-patient services in 21 county locations. Five nursing and convalescent homes serve the greater Annapolis area. The Annapolis/Anne Arundel Medical Society includes nearly 350 practicing physicians, surgeons and many dentists among its membership.
The original settlement in the area was on Greenbury Point, now mostly submerged by the Severn River. It was called Providence and was established by Puritans seeking religious freedom in 1649. The remainder of the century saw waterfront development on the banks of the creeks in the present City Dock area, and in 1694, Governor Sir Francis Nicholson redesigned a new capital city for the Province of Maryland to replace the original seat of government in St. Mary's City. Named to honor the future Queen Anne of England, Annapolis literally translates to "Anne's City." All of this early town is within the designated National Historic Landmark area.