Walking tour opens at U.S. Naval Academy
Visitors can walk their way through history at the U.S. Naval Academy and the city of Annapolis.
On Friday, the two entities celebrated the grand opening of the Annapolis War of 1812, 200th anniversary commemorative walking tour with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The Annapolis War of 1812 200th Anniversary Commemorative Walking tour is now open to the public.
“To be able to celebrate the bicentennial of the birth of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ is just a huge attraction for people throughout the world,” Gov. Martin O’Malley said.
The self-guided walking tour consists of 10 stops and takes visitors on a patriotic expedition throughout the United States Naval Academy and the city of Annapolis. Each stop has historical significance to the War of 1812.
“Very often the War of 1812 is spoken of as the unknown of the forgotten war. So much of it took place, here, in Maryland, and we have more sights than any other state in the union for that war here in Maryland in the Chesapeake Bay area,” U.S. Naval Academy Museum Curator Jim Cheevers said.
Through the walking tour and exhibit, visitors will see firsthand how the War of 1812 had a tremendous impact on our country and in the development of the United States Navy. It is this legacy through which the U.S. Naval Academy celebrates the bicentennial of the war. Visitors will also see plenty of maritime paintings and artifacts from the War of 1812.
“Come visit the United States Naval Academy and your beautiful state capital in Annapolis and study the War of 1812,” Cheevers said.
This one-of-a-kind tour and exhibit will be available through October 2014.
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