Annapolis: living city

arundel history

January 07, 2007

Strange but true: It took Annapolis until 1936 to commission a map of the city in Colonial times. In January of that year, as the Great Depression was beginning to lift, a group of history buffs decided to take a closer look at the past. And so the Corporation for the Restoration of Colonial Annapolis announced its first commission. It was the preparation of an accurate map of pre-Revolutionary Annapolis, showing all the 18th-century landmarks.

But the future was not neglected. The officers made a policy decision that Annapolis should not be frozen in time, like Virginia's Colonial Williamsburg. According to Col. Amos W.W. Woodcock, the president of the corporation, "Annapolis' restoration is not going to be a mausoleum like the Williamsburg that the Rockefellers restored." He said Annapolis is an active, living city, and that the corporation intended to treat it as such.

"Annapolis is a lively little city," Woodcock added, according to The Evening Sun.

[Sources: Sun archives; Paul McCardell, Sun researcher]

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