Maryland's State Capital, known as a State House, was quite different than expected at first thought. As the very first Capitol it seemed as if it would have been fairly grand, however it was rather simplistic and understated. The building itself was made of brick no differently than any of the other buildings which surrounded it and it was really no taller either. Sadly it was in need of some cleaning upkeep and a little restoration on the outside. The interior of the capital was cramped and unkempt compared to the majority of capitals. It was nice though that the House and Senate chambers were completely open to viewing. They have started restoring rooms to their original state. They still are using many of the pieces of furniture that were made specifically for the Senate and House chambers including the chairs and desks.
Other than being the very first Capitol the other claim to fame this capital has it that it was the place in which George Washington gave his armed services resignation speech. There a copy of what appeared to be more notes than a fully written copy of the speech. It was neat to see Washington's handwriting however.
From the capital we toured their cute little, 1700s style downtown and went to the cutest hole-in-the-wall Starbucks that was in the basement level. Mike barely made the height maximum. It was also very musty/moldy smelling but cool none-the-less! From here we set off for Dover, Delaware.