Thomas Shoal Lighthouse

5 Annapolis Landmarks to Visit

When you charter with Cruise Annapolis on the Chesapeake Bay you have the opportunity to experience quite a bit of American history. Whether you’re most familiar with the landscape of Annapolis by land or by water, every local and visitor has a favorite landmark. From historic buildings to the lighthouses that dot the Chesapeake Bay, there many fun facts to learn about our hometown. Here are five local landmarks to keep an eye out for during your charter:

  1. The “Three Sisters”: There are three radio towers located adjacent to the United States Naval Academy that many boaters are familiar with. The towers were originally built and used in Arlington, VA in 1913. They were the first to transmit voice communication across the Atlantic Ocean to a station in Paris, France in 1915. As the area became more developed the towers were deemed a hazard to aircrafts landing at a nearby airport. They were taken apart in 1941 and rebuilt here in Annapolis.¹
  2. Kunta Kinte – Alex Haley Memorial: The memorial featuring statues of several children listening to an adult reading is located at City Dock. Alex Haley was an American author who used fact and fiction to create a character named Kunta Kinte in his novel Roots: The Saga of An American Family. According to the City of Annapolis, the memorial embodies “the triumph of the human spirit in very difficult times and conveys Alex Haley’s vision for national racial reconciliation and healing”.² It is regarded as a lovely spot for thought and reflection.
  3. The Chart House: Located right next door to Cruise Annapolis, The Chart House is a seafood restaurant with a reputation for excellent dishes and customer service. From the 1920s to 1970s the location of the restaurant was the yacht yard for the brand Trumpy, named for Norwegian naval architect John Trumpy Sr.³ Nowadays, these boats are rare and cherished by “old time” sailors for their fine quality and elegance.
  4. Naval Academy Chapel: Perhaps the most defining building of the Annapolis skyline, the architecture of the Naval Academy Chapel is an iconic sight. It was dedicated in 1908 and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1961. The chapel is home to the crypt of Revolutionary War hero, John Paul Jones, a seaman who won every battle he was in.4 The chapel is often open for tours when not in use for service or an event.
  5. Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse: Located just south of Annapolis and north of the mouth of the South River on the Bay, Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse was built in 1825. It was manned by a worker until 1986 and was the last remaining lighthouse on the Bay to be automated. In 1999 it was designated a National Historic Landmark.5 It is a popular mooring point for boaters!

If you are interested in planning an itinerary based around visiting different historic sites in and around the Bay, let our personal concierge help! Our team can provide you with insightful recommendations. Book a charter today!

Thomas Shoal Lighthouse photo by Bridget M. Kunz