National Treaty of Paris Festival in Annapolis celebrates historical events

Treaty of Paris Ben FranklinEnjoy a weekend of free historical exhibits, re-enactments, guided and self-guided tours, films and performances during the National Treaty of Paris Festival in Annapolis Sept. 11 and 12, 2015.

The festival's focus is on events of national significance that took place between 1783 and 1787, the years between the end of the Revolutionary War and the start of the Constitutional Convention.

Activities start Friday evening, with a focus on food demonstrations, and continue all day Saturday.

"Freedom Friday" food and drink events on Sept. 11 include:

  • Taste the Beers of Sam Adams, 4-8 p.m. at Mills Fine Wine and Spirits, 87 Main St., Annapolis;
  • Stop and Smell the Spices, 5-9 p.m. and also Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. at the Spice & Tea Exchange, 55 Main St., Annapolis; and
  • Taste the Oils and Vinegars of the Revolutionary Era, 7-9 p.m. at Seasons Olive Oil and Vinegar Taproom, 180 Main St., Annapolis.

A portrait of Alexander Hamilton will also be unveiled at the Annapolis Collection Gallery, 55 West St., Annapolis, 8-10 p.m.

Super Saturday at the Treaty of Paris Festival

This year's featured free presentation Saturday at 7:30 p.m. is on Alexander Hamilton's role as "Washington's Indispensable Partner" by Rand Scholet, president of the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society, at St. John's College. Opening remarks by Mark Croatti, director of the Treaty of Paris Center, are at 7:15 p.m.

A moving address by Benjamin Franklin — played by nationally acclaimed interpretive actor Christopher Lowell — follows the talk.

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Treaty of Paris FestivalThe festival officially kicks off with opening remarks Saturday, 9 a.m., by Maryland Sen. John Astle and Connie Del Signore of the Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Conference & Visitors Burearu in the Maryland Inn's Duke of Gloucester Room, followed by a talk about the Treaty of Paris period by Mark Croatti, director of the Treaty of Paris Center.

The afternoon session gets started at 11 a.m. with opening remarks by Ellen Moyer, former mayor of the City of Annapolis, at the Maryland State House on State Circle. Lectures, sessions, films and presentations follow. Check the schedule for a complete list.

Saturday is packed with additional events and activities, including a special hands-on activity 10 a.m.-noon when kids can make a patriotic plate at The Clay Bakers, 151 Main St., for $18.


A VIP Breakfast and Guided Buggy Tour of the French Battlefield starts at 7 a.m. Breakfast is $18 and the tour is $15. Breakfast is not necessary to join the tour.

Other buggy tours run 9:30 and 11 a.m., 12:30, 2, 3:30 and 5 p.m., also for a fee.

A guided tour at the Naval Museum at the U.S. Naval Academy is scheduled for 1 p.m.
Self-guided tours at Maryland Inn's Crown and Crab Room, 16 Church Circle (enter from Main Street) run 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and at the McBride Gallery from 1-5 p.m.


Learn about the confectionary favorites of the Founding Fathers at Capital Cakes and Cream, 188 Main St., 10-11 a.m. and how tea was used as currency at Capital Teas, 77 Main St., 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Various restaurants are offering specials and discounts at the following times:

  • 7-11 a.m. – Treaty of Paris Restaurant, 16 Church Circle
  • 12:30-2:30 p.m. – Harry Browne's, 66 State Circle
  • 4:30-6:30 p.m. – Vida Taco Bar, 200 Main St.
  • 5-7 p.m. – ACME Bar & Grill, 163 Main St.

Food specials are listed here.

For more information and a complete list of events, visit the Treaty of Paris Festival webpage or call 202-436-5909.