Events & Meetings

Next Membership Meeting: Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Federal House 2nd Floor
6-7PM Social Hour
7PM Discussion Starts

Ward One Residents Association is pleased to present Annapolis’ Historian and Author Jane McWilliams discussion: “What’s an Old House Worth?” at our February Member Meeting.
When and Where: Tuesday, February 18 Federal House, 2nd floor
6-7pm Social Hour (Half price happy hour downstairs at the bar!)
7pm Discussion starts
Cash bar and light fare offered by Federal House.
Learn how a small group of Annapolis Residents made a difference and preserved Annapolis for future generations – You and Me!

Photo by Mark Swisher
Winner of the Phebe R. Jacobsen Award for Excellence in Literary Arts, Jane McWilliams’ capstone literary project: “Annapolis, City on the Severn: a History” is the first definitive history of Annapolis.
The story of Annapolis resonates in every century of American history. Annapolis has been home to tobacco plantations, political intrigue, international commerce, the U.S. Naval Academy, ballooning population growth, and colonial, state, and national government. Jane Wilson McWilliams’s captivating history explores Annapolis from its settlement in 1650 to its historic preservation campaign of the late twentieth century.
McWilliams brings alive the people of Annapolis as she recounts their fortunes and foibles. Be they black or white, slave or master, woman or man, each has a place in this book. With unsurpassed detail and graceful prose, she describes the innermost workings of Maryland’s capital city―its social, civic, and religious institutions; its powerful political leaders; and its art, architecture, and neighborhoods.Beautifully illustrated throughout, this book chronicles more than three hundred years of Annapolis history. As unique as the city it describes, Annapolis, City on the Severn builds on the most recent scholarship and offers readers a fascinating portrait into the past of this great city.”- from Amazon
Jane Wilson McWilliams
Jane Wilson McWilliams is a native of Annapolis and a graduate of Washington College in Chestertown. She was a member of the research staff of the Maryland State Archives for seventeen years, working primarily on the two volumes of A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature, 1635–1789 (published in 1979 and 1984) and on Maryland’s commemoration of the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution. For more than thirty years, she has done independent research for public and private clients, concentrating on land use and biographical queries.
Editor of several publications on historical topics, Jane is herself author of chapters in larger works on county and city history and of books specifically on Annapolis history, including a history of the Anne Arundel Medical Center (1992, reprinted 2002) and Bay Ridge on the Chesapeake, An Illustrated History (1986), co-authored with her childhood friend Carol Cushard Patterson. Jane’s comprehensive history of the city, Annapolis, City on the Severn: A History, was published by The Johns Hopkins University Press and the Maryland Historical Trust Press in May 2011.Jane is a founding member of the Annapolis History Consortium, serves on the board of the Friends of the Maryland State Archives, and is active in the environmental concerns of her community.
February 2020

WORA Member Meeting is Tuesday, January 21st 

6pm Social Hour
7pm Membership Meeting
Upstairs at Metropolitan on West Street
Guest Speaker: Dr. Sally Nash, Annapolis’ Planning Director.

2020 Comprehensive Plan:

State law requires the city to every 10 years review, and if necessary, update the comprehensive plan, a roadmap for land use and zoning over the next 20 years. The city’s last comprehensive plan took effect in 2009.

The plan must include sections on land use; environment, water resources and sea level rise; historic and neighborhood conservation; transportation; parks and community facilities; sensitive areas; and municipal growth.