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Annapolis is a place that will always reignite fond memories in our heart – especially because it’s the place we decided to go to when looking for places to go on our honeymoon. What made Annapolis so perfect was that it was only a couple of hours away from where we would be staying the night (in my old apartment), and wasn’t as expensive as it would’ve been to travel out of the country. We figured that God-willing, we have all of our lives to explore countries outside of the USA and that we’d have just as much fun inside of the states as we would out of it.
We’re also huge history nerds and Annapolis has a LOT of history.
Speaking of history, one of the places we traveled to was called Historic Annapolis, which was located just a couple of miles outside of Annapolis city limits. It’s an old town that is now a historical site that they excavated, rebuilding some of the structures to replicate what it would’ve looked like when it was in it’s popular day. This place was also a spot for many travelers who came there on their way to trade – even hosting some historical figures such as George Washington at the inn there.
Well, without further adieu, allow me to share some pictures of our visit!
What’s interesting about the picture below is the story behind it. Apparently, during the time where this town was full of about 300 people, when slaves’ children would die, they would bury them under the floorboards so they could be near them. The belief was that if they buried them close that their spirit would always be with them. The tour guide explained that they discovered this when while excavating the land, they discovered a child’s skeletal remains, so they gave it a proper burial ceremony before removing it. Out of curiosity, I asked our tour guide where they placed the remains after the ceremony and she casually told me that the remains were still under the floorboard. Yep, under the floorboard towards the right to that picture is where the skeletal remains were that she was talking about.
Needless to say, neither my husband or I stood or walked near that area after finding that out.
Additionally, the contraption you see that looks a lot like a guillotine is actually something that was used to punish kids who behaved badly. If they stole something such as fruit, they’d put them in this wooden contraption and have them walk around the town with it out, where people would often throw tomatoes and other things at them as punishment. Things like murder was punishable by death – normally hangings.
This place is William Brown’s house, which is actually the only building on this site that has remained since the time when the town was popular. All of the other buildings are replicas using actually wood from nearby plantations and other places. Oftentimes people would come to stay there and eat when traveling for trades. Since money was not something that people during this time had access to, they would often trade items such as wood or meat in exchange for a stay at the inn.
We were taken to the cellar where slaves would often sleep as well as where food was often cooked. There’s also an area down there were prisoners were often kept, but there was this creepy doll that scared the heebie jeebies out of me, so I not only avoided that area, but I refrained from snapping a picture of it.
On the grounds, there’s also a beautiful garden that stretches for what seems like miles. It was such a beautiful end to our trip there and gave us some breathtaking views of the water nearby. I included some more photos in my post reflecting on November, but here are some pictures that I did not feature, but capture some of the beauty of that place.
Well, that’s a recap of our time in Historic Annapolis. Are there any places nearby where you live that have creepy backstories? Where’s the scariest place you’ve been?