It was the neighborhood that drew Bob and Jill Penaloza to the Maritime Republic of Eastport, Annapolis’ rebellious eighth ward.
“My wife loved the eclectic nature,” Penaloza said. “In the old part, no two houses were the same.”
The family had lived all over the country: Colorado, where the couple met; Chicago, North Carolina, New York and finally rural Defiance, Missouri.
Never had they come upon a...