War of 1812 in Annapolis
Our two-hour walking tour, War of 1812 in Annapolis was created in partnership with the United States Naval Academy and well respected historians in celebration of the War of 1812 Bicentennial. This war tour was specially offered on our public schedule for a limited time in 2013 and 2014 to commemorate America's second war of independence. Currently, this tour is available for private bookings only. Please contact us to schedule a private tour in the time of your choice.
Our 1812 period dressed guides bring you back in time in Historic Annapolis acquainting you with key points of interest throughout the streets of downtown Annapolis and the yard of the United States Naval Academy. Our guide will take you on many notable stops including where Francis Scott Key attended college, through the Maryland State House and places where the US Navy first demonstrated itself as a force to be reckoned with. The War of 1812, sometimes called “The Forgotten War,” is an event that signified the rebirth of our nation.
Why celebrate the War of 1812 in Annapolis? In February 1813, soon after war was declared by the United States, the British brought war into the Chesapeake Bay region by establishing a blockade of the Bay. With no American navy to speak of in the Bay, the Royal Navy operated nearly at will. The invasions, battles and victories that ensued made it clear that the nation needed a strong Navy and as a result, the United States Navy matured. The legacy of the War of 1812 endures today in Annapolis, the home of the United States Naval Academy. The War of 1812 defined several American symbols including the National Anthem and “Don’t Give Up the Ship,” the naval motto of perseverance.
Private tours are available for a minimum of $175.
Photo ID Required for all Guests Ages 18 & Over
No weapons of any kind including pocket and pen knives are permitted inside buildings.