Address: 100 State Circle, Annapolis, MD 21401; Tel. 410-974-3400.
The Maryland State House is the oldest state capitol building in the United States in continuous legislative use.
It served as the nation’s first peacetime capitol from November 1783 to August 1784.
You can still see the original Old Senate Chamber where General George Washington resigned his commission and where Congress ratified the Treaty of Paris on January 14, 1784, officially recognizing the independence of the American colonies from Britain.
Built between 1772-79, the Maryland State House is the oldest statehouse in continuous legislative use,
and the only one with a wooden doom. The flagpole that sits atop the dome is actually a lightning rod that was designed
by Benjamin Franklin. In 1783, it became home to the continental congress, making it the only state house to serve
as the Nation's Capitol.
Then, George Washington resigned his commission and the Treaty of Paris was signed in the old senate chamber, with less than a month between the two events.
Stand in the room where George Washington resigned his commission as commander-in-chief of the Continental army and the Continental Congress ratified the Treaty of Paris that ended the Revolutionary War. See an original copy of the resignation speech that George Washington carried in his pocket the day he resigned as head of the continental forces. Explore the oldest State House in Continuous legislative use in the country. The Continental Congress met in the Old Senate Chamber from November 26, 1783 to August 13, 1784, making the Maryland State House the only state house in the country that has ever served as the nation’s capitol. Free tours daily.