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NOTE: Guided tours can be reserved by calling 202-436-5909 or emailing 
You can schedule a guided tour for any day and time but please call or email at least one day ahead (and provide a phone number).

Treaty of Paris  

A two-hour, self-guided journey across Annapolis to all of the sites connected with the Treaty of Paris Period (1783-87)
The Treaty of Paris Trail is a two-hour trek across Annapolis to see all of the places associated with the Treaty of Paris Period, a dozen sites that tell the history of Annapolis between the Revolution and the Constitution? Sound exciting? Then walk the TREATY OF PARIS TRAIL:

13 stops, one for each of the original states!

Stop #1: The Hall of Presidents Before Washington exhibit

Who was running the country during the Treaty of Paris Period, prior to 1789? The Presidents before George Washington! Inside the Westin hotel between the front desk and the elevators. 100 Westgate Circle. (off of West St.)
Stop #2: The Jefferson House

Where did Thomas Jefferson live when he first arrived in Annapolis in 1783? Go inside the building where he rented a room for the first two months of the 1783-84 congressional session--it's the Annapolis Visitors Center. 30 West Street.
Stop #3: The Jefferson and Monroe House

Where did Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe live when they roomed together in Annapolis in 1784? Hint: This is where they hired a French chef to cook all of their meals. Jefferson and Monroe roomed together for a little over two months before Jefferson was appointed to France. (It's a courthouse now so you can't go inside.) 8 Church Circle.
Stop #4: The Secret Tunnel in the coffee shop at the Maryland Inn

The Treaty of Paris Trail begins with a tunnel that shows how Congress would have fled the advancing British army if Annapolis had come under attack. The tunnel became unnecessary when the Treaty of Paris was signed in France on September 3, 1783, which ended the war before Congress arrived in Annapolis. Go inside the coffee shop--it's under the hotel--and ask them to see the tunnel. 16 Church Circle.

Stop #5: The Maryland State House exterior signs

Before you enter the Maryland State House, look at one of the exterior signs that summarize all of the important events that took place in Annapolis during the Treaty of Paris Period from 1783-87. 100 State Circle.
Stop #6: The Maryland State House's Old Senate Chamber

Go inside the Maryland State House and see where Congress met from 1783-84, after the Revolutionary War, when Congress accepted George Washington's resignation from the Army, ratified the Treaty of Paris and appointed Thomas Jefferson to France. 100 State Circle.
Stop #7: The Chase-Lloyd House

See one of the first homes of Samuel Chase, who signed the Mount Vernon Compact in 1785 as part of the Maryland delegation that negotiated the use of the Potomac River with delegates from Virginia. 22 Maryland Avenue.

Stop #8: The Hammond-Harwood House (the Jewel of Annapolis!)

This is where Matthias Hammond lived from 1774 - 1786.  Construction began on the house in 1774, the year of the first Continental Congress. Matthias Hammond left Annapolis in 1776 and died in 1786, just as the Treaty of Paris Period came to an end. 19 Maryland Avenue.
Stop #9: The "Annapolis White House"

This is the site where President Thomas Mifflin while he was in Annapolis in 1784, presiding over Congress, now occupied by the Superintendent's residence at the United States Naval Academy. (inside Gate 3, next to the Chapel.)
Stop #10: General George Washington's Resignation Dinner

See where Washington's resignation dinner was held. Go inside and learn how the wine for this feast was selected by Thomas Jefferson from George Mann's private collection. This site is now occupied by Annapolis City Hall so you can't go inside. 160 Duke of Gloucester Street.

Stop #11: Mann's Tavern

Where Washington lodged and wrote his speech resigning from the Army in 1783; also where the 1786 Annapolis Convention covened (where James Madison and Alexander Hamilton called for a new Constitution). Now a fenced-in gravel lot between 164 Conduit St. and a parking garage.

Stop #12: The City Hotel

See where George Washington stayed after he became president (when he returned to Annapolis in 1791). This building did not exist in 1783. 162 Conduit Street.

Stop #13: Callahan House

The Treaty of Paris Trail concludes with the building that now stands on the site of the boarding houses rented out by George Mann, including the lot where Mann's Tavern once stood. It was here that George Mann rented out rooms long-term before he built the City Hotel. 164 Conduit Street.
Want the Guided Version?

Call 202-436-5909 or send an email to:

Prices: Adults: $15   /   Children 13-17: $12  /   Children 5-12: $10

Children under 5: Free

Group rates: 10 people = $120 / 15 people = $165 / 20 people = $200
Children 13-17 group rates: 10 people = $100 / 15 people = $120 / 20 people = $140/ 25 people or more = $150 flat rate
Children 5-12 group rates: 10 people = $90 / 15 people = $105 / 20 people = $120 / 25 people or more = $125 flat rate

Cash or check.

Guided tours are arranged by phone or email and leave from The Hall of Presidents Before Washington in the Westin on West Street.
The guided tour lasts about 120 minutes.