When you are home to the United States Naval Academy, you have a certain claim as a seafaring town. Annapolis is also the capital of the State of Maryland and one of America's oldest and most distinguished communities. The city is situated on the Severn River near Chesapeake Bay, one of the finest boating areas in the world. Annapolis, Maryland attracts residents because of its wonderful charm as an 18th century colonial capital, preserved in the Colonial Annapolis Historic District. If you are a history buff and you love antiques, this is the place for you. The community dates back to 1649 when some Puritan exiles from Virginia settled here. The community boasts that it has the largest collection of 18th century buildings of any other city in the U.S.