He could have easily declared himself king; but he did not! This most extraordinary event in our nation’s history took place in Annapolis, in the Maryland State House. It makes you wonder...
- Why did General Washington wait almost two years after Yorktown before resigning his commission?
- Why did General Washington come to Annapolis for this momentous occasion?
- What did General Washington do for those five days in Annapolis before resigning?
- Where did he sleep in Annapolis?
- Just how many ladies did he dance with at the ball?
- And … hmmm... what was Martha doing?
- Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?
- Tickets should be purchased in advance as our tours may sell out. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please book well in advance.
- What if it rains or the weather is inclement?
- The tour is held rain or shine. But don’t worry! Some of our best tours have taken place in less-that-perfect weather!
- Can we take photos during the tour?
- Photos can be taken everywhere on the tour.
- How much walking is involved? Is it a fast-paced tour?
- We will be on our feet for the entire tour, walking at a casual pace for 1 mile.
- Are there restrooms available on the tour?
- Restrooms are available at the tour starting location and again at the State House. Our exact meeting location will be provided after your ticket purchase.
- What type of ticket should I purchase for a young child?
- Children under the age of 3 can participate in the tour for free! For children between the ages of 3 and 12, you can purchase a reduced price Child ticket.
- I'm an Annapolis local - will I enjoy this tour?
- Yes! Our tour guides share stories about Historic Annapolis that few natives have heard. You also have a chance to go inside some of the oldest and most famous buildings in Annapolis.
- Can I buy food or drinks along the way? What about souvenirs?
- Our tour is structured so that we can visit many Annapolis landmarks in the allotted time. This leaves very little time for any other stops.
- Is the tour wheelchair- and/or stroller-accessible?
- Yes, for the most part. The State House can be entered from the lower level where there is use of an elevator to go to main floor.
- How long is the tour?
- The tour generally lasts 1-1/2 hours, but occasionally it will last a bit longer depending on how many questions are asked.
- May I bring my dog on the tour?
- No. While we adore pets, we will visit the interiors of some government and historic buildings that do not allow them.
- Are the tours conducted in English only?
- Yes, the tours are only conducted in English. However, our non-English speaking guests will still enjoy the historic sights and interiors of legendary American houses. You can also arrange a private tour conducted in Spanish or German.
- Can I book a private tour?
- Yes, private tours are available. Most groups, however, decide to attend the public tour for two reasons. First, it is usually significantly less expensive. Second, part of the fun of the tours is interacting with all the other participants who take the public tour. We always maintain a ratio of 12 - 15 guests per tour guide. If you are interested in more information on private tours, click “Contact CapCityCol” to the left of the page.
- Are gift certificates available?
- Yes, we do offer gift certificates. For purchase and more information, please click “Contact CapCityCol” to the left of the page.
- Non-refundable, cannot be rescheduled.
- Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded and cannot be rescheduled because your space is being guaranteed at the event.
- Activity takes place rain or shine.
- The activity runs regardless of weather conditions. In the rare situation where the seller is forced to cancel the event, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule to another time (subject to availability).
- All tour participants must bring proper ID.
- Tour participants age 16 or over must bring sufficient ID to enter through the security checkpoint of the Maryland State House. Do not bring anything with you that would not pass through an aiport security screening.
Capital City Colonials
We want your experience to be great, so we limit all of our tours to no more than 12 to 15 guests per guide.
Our photogenic senior guide, David Smith, is a past recipient of the Hospitality Person of the Year award, presented by the Maryland Tourism Council.