Coypright: Christiane Schulze
Annapolis, Maryland is Americas sailing capital and thrives on its nautical roots and colonial history. Located in downtowns City Dock, just a block from the United States Naval Academy, Middleton Tavern is a testament to both of these local storylines.
Bought by Horatio Middleton in 1750, the building operated as an �inn for seafaring men� and as the base for Middleton�s Ferry Service that connected Annapolis to Maryland�s Eastern Shore. The ferry carried Tench Tilghman on his way to deliver the news of Cornwallis� surrender in 1781, Thomas Jefferson on his way to Rock Hall in 1783, and George Washington on his way to�somewhere.
After Middleton�s death, the tavern was operated by his widow, Anne, and then his son, Samuel, who expanded the family business to include ship building and overseas trade. During this time, the tavern enjoyed some of its most sensational customers. A stone�s throw from the Maryland State House, members of the C...