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The Heritage Area of Anne Arundel County

We offer an extraordinary wealth of historic, cultural, and natural resources to visitors and residents alike. Experience a place where heritage is protected and shared, and where the traditions of the land and the water continue to shape our lives. Explore our unique experiences and attractions.

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Located in Anne Arundel County, the Chesapeake Crossroads Heritage Area exemplifies Maryland’s rich historic, cultural, and natural legacy. Our regional partners provide opportunities for visitors to experience our heritage. Click one of the categories below to learn more about our local attractions.

African-American Heritage

African-American Heritage

Anne Arundel County owes much to the rich heritage, culture, and bravery shown by African-American Marylanders.
Annapolis' Golden Age

Annapolis' Golden Age

Annapolis enjoyed what’s been called its “golden age” from the late 1750s to 1776 with the city’s architectural wonder and political/social prestige.
Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture

It’s as though the city was built as an extensive, outdoor gallery—or, as Historic Annapolis designated it over fifty years ago, as “a museum without walls.”
Chesapeake Bay

Chesapeake Bay

The meeting of the Bay to the east, the area’s numerous creeks, and the four rivers—Severn, South, Rhode, and West—define the landscape and shape the lives of those along its shores.
Preservation

Preservation

Annapolis’s historic fabric remains remarkably intact, thanks in large part to historic preservation efforts that began as early as the 1880s.
U.S. Naval Academy

U.S. Naval Academy

Formal training for naval officers began in when the USNA was established in Annapolis in October 1845, with fifty midshipmen and seven professors.