National Treaty of Paris Festival

Why did the United States need a new Constitution?

Because of the 1783 Treaty of Paris.


To learn more about how the Treaty of Paris changed this country forever and the role Annapolis played, please join us at the 2014 National Treaty of Paris Festival on Saturday, Sept. 6, focusing on the entire Treaty of Paris Period (1783-87), from France to Philadelphia, when there was neither a war going on nor a new Constitution being written. Instead, a newly independent nation struggled to fulfill the obligations mandated by the Treaty of Paris. Ultimately, the inability of the Articles of Confederation to allow Congress to meet the Treaty’s requirements directly led to the 1787 Constitutional Convention.

The 2014 National Treaty of Paris Festival will feature talks on both the signing of the Treaty of Paris in France and other, crucial events that occurred in Annapolis when Maryland’s capital was the nation’s capital: the Treaty’s ratification, the resignation of George Washington from the Army, the first meeting that led to the 1785 Mount Vernon Compact and the 1786 Annapolis Convention—where the author of the Articles of Confederation (John Dickinson) was persuaded by James Madison and Alexander Hamilton to call for a new, Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.

The 2014 National Treaty of Paris Festival will feature an exhibit of signed documents, portraits and bios of “America’s 14 Forgotten Presidents of Congress Before George Washington (1774-89),” costumed personnel, walking tours, ongoing activities at several different sites, rotating restaurant specials, a live re-enactment of the 1786 Annapolis Convention, an overview of the effort to restore Mann’s Tavern—where the 1786 event took place—and a new City-TV produced film highlighting the Treaty of Paris Period—the time when Annapolis was the center of the action—between the end of the Revolutionary War and the Constitutional Convention.

We will start with an optional early pay-as-you-go breakfast at the Treaty of Paris Restaurant between 7:00am – 8:00amIf you want to come to breakfast, please RSVP by replying to this email.

The festival itself begins at 8:00am with a morning session down the hall from the Treaty of Paris Restaurant in the Crown and Crab Room at the Maryland Inn with lectures on the negotiations that led to the Treaty of Paris, how Annapolis became the first peacetime capital of the United States and Washington’s resignation. This will allow us to conclude the morning session at 10:30am so that people can attend the “Great Issues Forum” at St. John’s College:

After the “Great Issues Forum”, the festival will continue with a late afternoon session at the State House and our evening “Grand Finale,” also at St. John’s College. For a complete itinerary of all activities, times and locations, please go to:


Mark Croatti
Center for the Study of the Treaty of Paris Period (1783-87)
Annapolis, Maryland

Event Date: 

Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 00:00 to 23:45