Few names conjure up as much respect, admiration or praise as that of Frederick Douglass. On the 200th anniversary of his birth, Preservation Maryland is proud to remember the contributions of one the state’s most famous citizens.
Abraham Lincoln made many visits and stops in Maryland over the course of his presidency and broader political career, but perhaps none are as photographically iconic as his trip to the Maryland countryside in October of 1862.
Alexander Hamilton visits Maryland
07/09/2016 By Preservation Maryland
As the Tony award winning musical, Alexander Hamilton, begins a 17-city tour it’s important to remember the moment the actual Mr. Hamilton came to Maryland in 1786 to address the profound challenges of the Articles of Confederation.
The Annapolis Convention, or the “Meeting of Commissioners to Remedy Defects of the Federal Government,” was held over the day of September 11-14 iu 1786 at Mann’s Tavern in Annapolis, Maryland. Twelve delegates from five states gathered at the Tavern to address the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation which had governed the young nation since the end of the Revolutionary War.
Mann’s Tavern, courtesy Treaty of Paris Center
At this Convention, it was Alexander Hamilton, who introduced a resolution to hold a convention of the states that would,
. . . devise such further provisions as shall appear to them necessary to render the constitution of the Federal Government adequate to the exigencies of the Union . . .
In short, the Annapolis Convention set the events in motion that led to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787 and the drafting of the Constitution which guides our nation to this day.
The Constitutional Convention, 1787
Mann’s Tavern Today
Regrettably, Mann’s Tavern, where this momentous event transpired was largely lost to fire in 1919 with just one gable wall still standing today. Prior to its loss, Mann’s Tavern had been visited by many of the nation’s early leaders, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe and Alexander Hamilton. The location of the Tavern at 162 Conduit Street inAnnapolis is marked by a plaque placed by The Maryland Society, Sons of the American Revolution in 1986.