This is the oldest state house in continuous use in the nation. It opened in 1779 and served as the U.S. Capitol from 1783 to 1784. Restoration of the original Senate and House Chambers is expected to continue for 2 to 5 years, but visitors can still visit the contemporary Senate and House of Delegate chambers. George Washington came to the Old Senate Chamber here to resign as commander in chief of the Continental armies. His handwritten speech, purchased by the state in 2007, is due to go on display here when construction ends. The Treaty of Paris, ending the Revolutionary War, was ratified here. Today, Maryland's General Assembly meets here from January to mid-April. The grounds, overlooking the city and shaded by old magnolias and evergreens, are a lovely spot for a break. Enter through the Rowe Boulevard entrances up the steps or on the ground level.