Annapolis and the Treaty of Paris

Annapolis & the Treaty of Paris
                Sometimes, I get the opportunity to do really special things. The first week in October was such a time when I was invited to speak in Annapolis, Maryland at the Governor Calvert House, a part of the Historic Inns of Annapolis, to the Local Insurance Government Trust which comprised representatives of local government from all over Maryland.
                I had never been to Annapolis, though I had heard much about it. The Governor Calvert House, where I both stayed and spoke, is right across the street from the Maryland State House, still a working state capitol where the Legislature regularly meets.
                The sidewalks and streets are all paved with brick, and if you go on a walking tour, in about three short blocks, you are on the edge of the Chesapeake Bay with the Naval Academy to your left.
                Dinner was held at another part of the Hotel complex in an old house that has in the basement a well known and rich in history restaurant called “The Treaty of Paris”. It is so named after the treaty that ended the Revolutionary War. Legend has it that in the afternoon at the close of the war, General George Washington resigned his commission, leading the war, in the state capitol, which was then the national capitol and walked the short distance to the restaurant now named after the famous treaty and proceeded to have dinner and have way to much to drink.
                For breakfast the next day there was a well known local eatery, called “Chick and Ruth’s, named after the original owners. It was fantastic. There is nothing like it in North Carolina that I have seen. It is not large, but in the middle of the restaurant, there is a huge American flag, and every morning at 8:30 a.m., everyone who is there stands and recites the Pledge of Allegiance.
                If you have the chance to go to the historic part of Annapolis…go. Tour the shops, the capitol, have the best crab cakes anywhere and walk the grounds of the Naval Academy. You will be glad you did.

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