Indexes

Archives

Annapolis Experience Blog Picture of the Day – The 18th Century Brooksby-Shaw and 19th Century Robert Johnson Houses – Friday September 2nd 2011

State Circle Streetscape

Picture of Looking West Up State Circle At The John Shaw and Robert Johnson Houses In Annapolis September 2011

Click On Photograph To Enlarge

For anyone who has ever walked or driven around State Circle here in Annapolis can you ever remember seeing this historic street being totally devoid of cars like it was in this picture? Well I certainly could not ever recall seeing it like this but fortunately I had my camera with me and was able to take a few pictures of this scene before any cars came along looking for a parking space.

The white frame house with the brown shake shingles on the left hand side of the photograph is known as the John Shaw House. This building is located at 21 State Circle and was originally built for a butcher by the name of Brooksby during the period of 1720 – 1725. Mr. Cornelius Brooksby was also known in Annapolis history for being a Church Warden, conferred upon him in 1745, at St. Anne’s Church on Church Circle just up the street from his home. Later in 1784 John Shaw, a very well known cabinet maker, purchased and enlarged the house at 21 State Circle where he as well as his decedents lived for the next 120 years. At the beginning of the 20th century the Shaw House became the meeting place of the Annapolis Elk Lodge. Then in 1961 the building was purchased by the State of Maryland who currently occupy, use and maintain this historic structure. The John Shaw House is the oldest structure on State Circle.

The four store brick house, that one sees further up State Circle in the picture, is known here in Annapolis as the Robert Johnson House. It is located at 23 State Circle and was built for Robert Johnson in the early 1770’s. Originally the building was designed as a single family structure that served as a tavern, rope making and cabinetry shop. The Johnson Family occupied the building until the later part of 19th century. It was then that a tailor by the name of William H. Bellis purchased the house and it remained in his family for the next 100 years. During this time the structure served as a boarding house as well as an apartment building. In the early 1980’s it was purchased and remodeled as the Robert Johnson House Historic Inn which it continues to be used as today.

Remember that when you are in Annapolis there is more to see on State Circle than just the State House,

Glenn

Copyright © 2011 Annapolis Experience
Annapolis Maryland Blogs – Annapolis Maryland Picture of the Day – State Circle – Cornelius Brooksby
No part of this article, including photographs, can be used without the permission of Annapolis Experience except under the fair use component of U.S. Copyright Law

John Shaw – Robert Johnson House Historic Inn – Shaw House Annapolis – Pinterest – William H Bellis
Contact us here with any comments or questions about the Annapolis Experience Blog
Annapolis Maryland Blogs – Annapolis Maryland Picture of the Day – State Circle – Cornelius Brooksby
Visit us at Annapolis Experience

John Shaw – Robert Johnson House Historic Inn – Shaw House Annapolis – Pinterest – William H Bellis
Follow me on Twitter @GlennAnnapolis

For High Resolution Images of Pictures Found on this Post Contact Us

 

Leave a Reply

  

  

  

You can use these HTML tags

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>