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Annapolis Experience Blog Picture Of The Day – Looking Up Conduit Street Past 220 Plus Years of History – Thursday May 3rd 2012

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Picture of A View Of Conduit Street Past The Pinkney-Callahan and Lloyd Dulaney Houses In Annapolis Maryland May 3rd 2012

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A Historic Annapolis Maryland Cityscape

I wonder how many people who have walked up and down Main Street in Annapolis Maryland over the years realized that they were passing by the very site where the need to compose the Constitution of the United States had it’s origins. For here on Conduit Street, on the far left side of this picture – not seen in it though, was where Mann’s Tavern could be found back in the mid 1780′s. It was here that delegates from five of the recently created states met to discuss a number of important issues that were facing the new republic in the time around 1786. During the course of their meetings at Mann’s Tavern this same group of delegates called for a convention to be held in Philadelphia that would lead to the drafting of the United States Constitution.

Here on the left hand side of this picture one can see the Pinkney-Callahan House, circa 1785-90, a building that was originally located about a block from the southwestern side of the Maryland State House which was moved in 1901 about a block away from it’s original location. In 1972 the Pinkney-Callahan House was moved for a second time to it’s current location on Conduit Street through the preservation efforts of the predecessor to the Annapolis Historic Foundation.

The second building in the picture, to the right of the Pinkney-Callahan House, was known in the latter part of the 1700′s as the George Mann residence as well as the Lloyd Dulaney House, circa 1787-89. Today this historic building serves as the location for the Annapolis Lodge No. 89 of Free Masons.

As I stood there this morning at the intersection of Conduit Street I found myself thinking that with all of the hustle and bustle occurring along Main Street each day one can easily overlook the significance that such an important pillar of our representative form of government was conceived just a few steps to the South of Main Street or in a way that most Annapoltian’s can understand – right behind Chick and Ruth’s.

Have a good day everyone,

Glenn

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