It is Sunday here in Annapolis Maryland where throughout the morning one could hear the bells ringing out from the historic church steeples, along with those at the US Naval Academy Chapel, calling forth citizens to attend morning services. I have always enjoyed my Sunday strolls along the historic colonial streets of my hometown where I could take a moment to imagine the scenes of Annapolitans of that bygone era making their way to Church Circle not only to practice their religious beliefs but also to come together under one roof as a community as well.
Today Annapolis has become a much more diverse city than what it was over three hundred years ago when it was first chartered. The city boundaries have expanded far beyond those first established by Colonial Governor Francis Nicholson. On the far side of the Eastport peninsula the City has laid partial claim to the shoreline of the Chesapeake Bay, Bay Ridge Road leads west to the beginnings of Forest Drive and West Annapolis extends out to Weems Creek. There are numerous communities within the expanded wards that were certainly not a part of anyone’s land survey hundreds of years ago. Yes Annapolis has grown much since those colonial times when a single church served not only as the geographic but also the social center for the city.
The church bells were ringing out today around mid morning as I found myself at a location where in one ear I could hear them toll from the Naval Academy Chapel to the north and in the other from St. Anne’s Church to the south. I stopped to listen more closely to those sounds as they seemed to be almost in unison at times which is when I caught sight of these two alabaster toned angels laying among the stones positioned on an old tree tree stump. A bit symbolic don’t you think for a Sunday morning here in Annapolis?
G J Gibson
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