Crownsville was once home to tobacco and grain plantations. George Washington and his troops passed through here on their way to his resignation of his commission and Generals Highway is named in his honor. In September and October, the Renaissance Fair is held here.
The Rising Sun Inn on Route 17 is owned by the Daughters of the American Revolution, but was used by General Rochambeau during the Revolutionary War as one of his headquarters. St. Paul's Chapel built in 1865 is now the Annapolis Friends meeting.
ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY FAIR
The first thoughts or ideas for a Fair began in 1952 by Mrs. Lee of Annapolis. Born into a native farming family and community in Frederick County, she had witnessed the great successes of the annual Frederick County Fair. Mrs. Lee sought approval for a Fair in Anne Arundel and was granted approval by the Maryland State Fair Board in the spring of 1952 and plans were made for a fair that same fall.
The first Fair was held near Sandy Point. The fair featured beef and dairy cattle, chickens, pigeons, farm produce, home goods, food and clothes, pigs, sheep, a horse pulling contest, rides, games, food, a beauty pageant as well as educational exhibits. Historical archives suggest that over 20,000 people attended the Fair. The next year, in 1953, the fair moved to the Sandy Point State Park where it remained for 25 years.
In 1963, the Fair was changed from a stockholders' corporation to it's current non-profit membership organization. Revenue slowly increased and the idea of a permanent fair site was addressed. Finally in 1982, the Fair was moved to a site in Crownsville purchased by the Department of Natural Resources. The land sits nearly in the exact center of the county with good access to roads and rolling grounds. The Anne Arundel County Fair officially moved to Crownsville in 1984.
Every Fall (August to October), the Maryland Renaissance Festival recreates a 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances, a jousting arena and lots of games. The Maryland Renaissance Festival is a fun family event. The Festival features a fire-eater, jousting in full armor, jugglers and magicians and music and choral groups. You can enjoy a variety of things to eat as there are over 40 food outlets. You can shop at more than 130 craft shops for stained glass, sculptures, jewelry, pottery, wood-butchery, leather-work, clothing, and glass-blown creations. Delight your children with free pony rides, a maze, archery, a play area and dozens of games.