Presidents Before Washington? Yes!
Come see for yourself!
Come see for yourself!
Hours: 9:00am - 5:00pm
before George Washington" exhibit is
a FREE, SELF-GUIDED TOUR inside the
Maryland Inn's Crown and Crab Room, located at
16 Church Circle, Annapolis, Maryland 21401.
Visitors may enter this room when it is not in use by the hotel.
Use the Main Street entrance for the Treaty of Paris Restaurant.
The "America's 14 Forgotten Presidents of Congress before George Washington"
exhibit (and how it fits into the Treaty of Paris Period, 1783-87) was recently featured on
Baltimore's WBAL Chanel 11 on Presidents' Day, February 18, 2013.
Click on the image below to watch the video:
But were these presidents really presidents?
Did they have any power? Did they do anything important?
Declaration of Independence in 1776. Articles of Confederation and was President of Paris Proclamation on Jan. 14, 1784.
of Congress when they were ratified in 1781.
This exhibit is not a "museum"; it is a journey of re-discovery of a time when, prior to the Constitution,
Congress had only one chamber which included a President elected from among its members.
The 14 framed presidential "collections" (plus one representing George Washington, for chronological and historical context) ring the Crown and Crab room and make for an excellent visit while touring Annapolis. Learn when each President of Congress served, what city they served and the major events during their terms that influenced American history, including the Treaty of Paris Period (1783-87) when the Treaty of Paris was signed and ratified and the Articles of Confederation were openly critiqued and ultimately replaced. We invite you to see how Annapolis played a key role during this period by viewing this exhibit and the other document replicas inside the Treaty of Paris Restaurant.
The Crown and Crab Room is located on the first level of the Maryland Inn, the first room on the left as you enter from Main Street, next to the Drummer's Lot Pub. To see if the Crown and Crab room is open to the public on any given day, consult the daily schedule at the top of this page.
Croatti is available to come and speak to your class, school, college or community about "The Treaty of Paris Period (1783-87)" or provide a walking tour for any size group (even 2 or 3 people) covering the following events:
* 1783: The Treaty of Paris is signed in France, Congress arrives and George Washington's resigns as Commander-in-Chief.
* 1784: The Treaty of Paris is ratified in Annapolis and Thomas Jefferson is appointed to France.
* 1785: Maryland and Virginia sign the Mount Vernon Compact.
* 1786: The Annapolis Convention meets after Shays' Rebellion begins.
* 1787: Shays' Rebellion ends and the Constitutional Convention starts.
To come speak: Negotiable.
Walking tours: Individuals: $10 each / Under 18: $8 each / Group of 10: $80 / Group of 15: $100 / Group of 20 or more: $120.
To book Mark Croatti to speak or provide a walking tour, email: firstname.lastname@example.org