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Bus Route Pick-up and Drop-off Sites

This sandwich board will be displayed at all bus route stops:

The Treaty of Paris Trail departs here

The only step on, step off bus tour in Annapolis where you can visit the most important sites of the Treaty of Paris Period (1783-87): The Hall of Presidents Before Washington, under the Articles of Confederation; the French Soldiers' Camp, before they departed for Yorktown to end the Revolutionary War; the Maryland Capitol, where George Washington resigned from the Army before Congress and the Treaty of Paris was ratified; and the site of Mann's Tavern, where the 1786 Annapolis Convention called for a new Constitution. Watch historical figures re-enactment these events! View original documents! Watch the City TV film of the Treaty of Paris Period! Discover how Annapolis, the first peacetime capital of the United States, served as a bridge between the Revolution and the Constitution! A bus arrives here every hour. $15 tickets can be purchased here! 

BUS TOURS LAST APPROXIMATELY TWO HOURS AND RETURN HERE

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The tour bus would depart from the host institution; however, if neither the MTPA or the Westin can provide space to set up a portable exhibit and screen the 15-minute City TV film, then one of the hotels on the bus route (below) or Old Fox Books could be the host institution. The bus route stops below are based on a preliminary assumption that the Westin will be the departure site and if so, it is hoped that above the door facing Carpaccio's Restaurant, a temporary, removable banner could be placed each day that reads, "National Pre-Constitution Center".  At each stop below, the bus would pick people up every 60 minutes:

Stop 1. Annapolis Waterfront Hotel

Whether or not it's the host institution, a sandwich board would be inside or outside the hotel; if it's the host institution, then participants would purchase their tickets inside and get on the tour bus once it arrives.

Stop 2: City Dock/Naval Academy

The tour bus would drive to the Visitor Center's booth at City Dock near the Barry Gate of the U.S. Naval Academy and pick up people who agree to pay for the tour at the Westin (they would not disembark at the French Soldiers' Camp). There would be a sandwich board near the booth.

Stop 3: Old Fox Books

Whether or not it's the host institution, a sandwich board would be inside or outside the bookstore; if it's the host institution, then participants would purchase their tickets inside and get on the tour bus once it arrives.

Stop 4: French Soldiers' Camp

The first of the main stops of the tour. We would ask for permission to set up a series of military-style tents like the one on display at the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia that belonged to George Washington. French uniformed soldiers would re-enact the camp, including the hospital tent, soldiers' quarters, the mess tent, and the weapons tent. Participants would learn how the French soldiers both lived and died there, and then shown where they were buried and the monument erected to their memory, after which they would get on the next arriving bus and be taken to the next stop.

Stop 5: Maryland Capitol

The second of the main stops of the tour. Colonial-attired personnel would re-enact Washington's resignation and the ratification of the Treaty of Paris. Participants would watch the film and browse the exhibits, after which they would get on the next arriving bus and go to the next stop.

Stop 6: Market House

A sandwich board would be inside or outside Market House and pick up people who agree to pay for the tour at the Westin (they would not disembark anywhere else until then). People who have paid for the bus tour and gotten back on at the Maryland Capitol would stay on.

Stop 7: Chick & Ruth's Delly (walk to Mann's Tavern site)

The tour bus would drive to Chick & Ruth's Delly and pick up people who agree to pay for the tour at the Westin (they would not disembark until then). There would be a sandwich board near the restaurant.  People who have paid for the bus tour and gotten back on at the Maryland Capitol would get off and walk over to the Mann's Tavern site.

Stop 8: West Street Visitors Center (Sadona)

The tour bus would drive to the Visitor's Center and pick up people from there and from Sadona who agree to pay for the tour at the Westin (they would not disembark until then). There would be a sandwich board inside and/or outside the Visitors Center.

Stop 9: The Graduate Hotel

Whether or not it's the host institution, a sandwich board would be inside or outside the hotel; if it's the host institution, then participants would purchase their tickets inside and get on the tour bus once it arrives.

Stop 10: The Hilton Garden Inn

Whether or not it's the host institution, a sandwich board would be inside or outside the hotel; if it's the host institution, then participants would purchase their tickets inside and get on the tour bus once it arrives.

Stop 11: The Westin Hotel

If the Westin is the host institution, all tour tickets would be sold there. Participants would disembark for good if the Westin is where they first got on; all others would get back on the next arriving bus and return to their point of origin.

Total Time: One Hour

The bus would stop at each of the 12 sites, including the host institution, every five minutes so that the total time allotted for the bus route, from its departure from and return to the Westin hotel, would be one hour. Thus, at each of the stops, people would get on and off at the same time every hour, which would be stated on the sandwich board for each site.