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Maryland
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Charles Carroll House Annapolis Charles Carroll of Carrollton was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. The house was begun in 1725 by his father and expanded several times through 1790.
Crypt of John Paul Jones Annapolis Completed in 1913, the remains of John Paul Jones are interred in a marble sarcophagus in a crypt located in the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel.
Hammond-Harwood House Annapolis Brick house in the Georgian style begun in 1774; now a museum with period furnishings and fine arts.
Maryland State House Annapolis Built 1772—79, it served as the U.S Capitol 1783—84, and is the site where George Washington resigned his commission.
St. John’s College Annapolis Established in 1696 as King William’s School, it is the third oldest college in the U.S.; includes a monument to French troops who died in the war.
William Paca House and Garden Annapolis Built 1763—65 by William Paca, lawyer, patriot, and delegate to Continental Congress. The 37 room house has been restored to it's eighteenth century appearance.
Fort Frederick State Park Big Pool Completed in 1756 to protect the colonists during the French and Indian War. The Fort's stone wall and two barracks have been restored to their 1758 appearance.
Thomas Stone National Historic Site Port Tobacco Five-part mansion completed in 1773 called Haberdeventure. Thomas Stone was a signer of the Declaration of Independence.
Smallwood State Park Rison Named for General William Smallwood, fourth governor of Maryland. The 628-acre park includes Smallwood's retreat house, fully restored.

As students of Voltaire, Diderot, and Rousseau are always reminding us, the age of reason was really an age of sentiment. In this too, Washington was a man of his age. When he established the first general decoration in the American Army, the Purple Heart, it was not (as it became in the twentieth century) an award available to all soldiers wounded in the line of duty. Only privates and noncomissioned officers could win the original Badge of Military Merit, a cloth-shaped heart sewn over the man’s actual heart, which allowed him to pass all guards and sentinels which officers are permitted to do. The symbol was not of heart’s blood shed, but of virtue proceeding from the heart. Limiting the award to nonofficers was meant to indicate that great virtue can be shown regardless of rank — that in Washington’s words, the road to glory in a patriot army and a free country is thus open to all.

Garry Wills
Cincinnatus: George Washington & the Enlightenment (1984)