Covering an expanse of land and water beginning in Sandy Point State Park on the Chesapeake Bay, then to the south of Anne Arundel County, and finally Rose Haven on the Calvert County border, the Four Rivers Heritage Area is the heart of Annapolis.

The area is named after the Rhode, Severn, South, and West Rivers and contains numerous remarkable landmarks, representing the State of Maryland’s rich legacy in culture, history, and nature.

Located in Anne Arundel County, the Four Rivers Heritage Area shares the traditions of the past. It is a place protected for generations to come. Visitors will discover 18th century masterpieces of architecture, the well-preserved National Historic District of Annapolis, thousands of acres of nature preserves, breathtaking seascapes and landscapes, and 10 National Historic Landmarks.

Annapolis locals, both newcomers and long-timers, may not be aware of all the choices offered by Four Rivers. There is a wide variety of sights letting visitors choose what interests them. The following lists the wonderful attractions by category in the Four Rivers Heritage Area.

African American Heritage

Banneker Douglas Museum

Historic Village – Deale Area

Frederick Douglass Museum

Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial

Annapolis’ Golden Age

Chase-Lloyd House

Historic Annapolis Museum

Historic London Town

Maryland State House

William Paca House & Garden

Hammond-Harwood House

Arts & Culture

Chesapeake Children’s Museum

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts

Mitchell Art Gallery


Charles Carroll House

Courthouse Museum

Galesville Heritage Museum


Maryland State Archives

The Chesapeake Bay

Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park

Captain Avery Museum

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Franklin Point State Park

Sandy Point State Park

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC)

Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse

The U.S. Naval Academy

Naval Academy Museum

U.S. Naval Academy

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