Walk Annapolis: A Scavenger Hunt For History

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Haley72The City of Annapolis Historic Preservation Commission and the MainStreets Annapolis Partnership are sponsoring a free, fun, family event in cooperation with Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town and South County to commemorate the founding of Maryland in 1634.

Walk Annapolis: a Scavenger Hunt for History is set for Saturday, March 23. Starting at City Hall you and your kids or grand kids will make a mad dash around the City’s Historic District and Main Streets District following clues to find hidden historic and architectural gems (some of which are “hidden” in plain sight!) Follow the map provided and you will have four hours to complete the hunt while competing against other challengers for prizes.

Other Four Rivers Heritage organizations and businesses will also showcase the area’s historical, cultural and natural heritage for visitors and residents of all ages. Events and activities will take place throughout the Maryland Day Celebration weekend of March 22, 23, and 24 for one dollar or less; like the scavenger hunt, many of the activities are free. For more information on other Four Rivers Maryland Day activities, see www.marylandday.org.

The Walk Annapolis scavenger hunt registration begins at 9:30 a.m. at City Hall, 160 Duke of Gloucester Street. The scavenger hunt starts at 10 a.m. All participants will need to return their completed entries by 2 p.m. and the prize drawing will be held at 2:30. You do not have to be present to win. Open to all ages with prize categories for children 12 & under and adults. All children 12 & under who participate will receive a small prize.

For more information, see www.mainstreetsannapolis.org or call Shari Pippin at 410-263-7941.

lion72Here’s a sampling of the 26 clues in the scavenger hunt!

  1. At City Dock, you’ll come upon a famous author cast in bronze through floods and storms – yes, without fail, he reads from Roots – he’s _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
  2. 2. Back in the days of horse-drawn carriages you’d need a spot to water your mount in here near a circle of numerous marriages a lion’s head guards a _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
  3. In the vestibule of St. Anne, you’ll find a memorial of a man from the land of the brave and the home of the free, the man was our own _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ (clue: unscramble SICK FANCY OTTER)

Send your answers to info@mainstreetsannapolis.org, with SCAVENGER HUNT in the subject line, and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a cool, colorful mug with the MainStreets Annapolis Partnership logo. Entries must be received by 7:02 a.m., Wednesday, March 20.

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MainStreets Annapolis Partnership is made up of local business owners,property owners, the City of Annapolis, lenders, real estate development professionals, residents and local business associations. MAP's five committees work to enhance the business communities Downtown, in Eastport, on Inner West Street, and in West Annapolis.