Maryland’s oldest abode: a dispute through time

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The title of Maryland’s oldest building is a fascinating debate. Two strong contenders vie for the crown. Third Haven Meetinghouse (Easton): Built between 1682 and 1684, this simple wood-frame structure stands as the oldest surviving Quaker meetinghouse in the country. Old Treasury Building (Annapolis): Constructed in 1735-36, this public building served as a treasury for the colonial government. While the Third Haven Meetinghouse might hold the edge for its religious significance and age, the Old Treasury Building boasts its official government purpose. Ultimately, Maryland’s architectural legacy offers a glimpse into its rich past, regardless of the single “oldest” title holder.

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