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Annapolis: A Walk Through History, Second Edition
by Elizabeth B. Anderson
Photographs by M. E. Warren
Tidewater Publishers, 2003
Trade paper, $12.95 (156 pages)
ISBN: 0-87033-546-4
  Annapolis: A Walk Through History is an excellent guidebook for those wanting to explore Maryland's capital city by foot. The eight chapters are referred to as "eight tours" with maps of the covered area. Within each tour, landmark sites and anecdotes are presented by location, so the walk follows a logical journey.

The city's history covers three centuries, so the walks over a variety of architectural periods -- colonial, Georgian, Federal, Gothic, Revival, Victorian, and modern. The book includes a glossary of architectural terms. Gardens in Annapolis vary from the compact Shiplap House Herb Garden to the estate size garden of the William Paca House.

Though Maryland is thought to be set up as a Catholic colony, there is evidence that the state has a diverse religious background. The Naval Academy is there, and reflects it's influence on the city through the Country's military history.

The walking tour includes many stories. There is tale of how Joe Morgue behaved at the funeral of Jeffrey Jig, a man often mistaken for dead but in fact falling into a death-like comatose state. Often it was not discovered that Jig was alive till after the funeral was in process. In one event, Jig's coffin was in the open grave when the sound of knocking could be heard coming from the coffin. Joe Morgue did not stop throwing dirt into the grave, commenting, "He's got to die sometime; and if he's not dead, he ought to be." Jeffrey Jig did survive to die another day.

Annapolis: A Walk Through History is an enjoyable read whether you plan to take the journey on foot or not. For independent tourists, it makes a private exploration of the city more enlightening.   

Elizabeth B. Anderson served several years as a tour guide with Historic Annapolis, Inc., Three Centuries Tours, and at the Hammond-Harwood House.


Joyce Dixon
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