Bay Ridge is an idyllic water-privileged community nestled on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, in Annapolis, Maryland. Bordered by the Bay, the Severn River, and Lake Ogleton, the community is surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty, including its forests, which are known as the Big Woods. Amenities include a large marina, boat ramp, clubhouse, pool with swim team, and playground/picnic area.
Bay Ridge was settled over 350 years ago by Thomas Tolly – the point where the Severn River meets the Chesapeake Bay, Tolly Point, was named after him. In 1879 Bay Ridge was developed as a grand Victorian summer resort where visitors enjoyed attractions like all-day band concerts, games and amusements, dining and dancing pavilions, picnic grounds and a two-mile electric trolley ride that wound along the river and lake shores. The resort closed in 1903 and by the 1920s became home to some one hundred families who had built summer cottages in the new community that replaced the resort.
During World War II, many owners winterized their summer cottages to house naval officers and their families. After the war, an increasing number of residents made the community their primary home.