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Illuminating History – Fort McHenry’s Living History Timeline by Candlelight

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April 02, 2016

Come to Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine on April 2 for a special evening tour where you will explore the fort's 200 years of history through a special living history presentation! Evening tours run every half hour from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Starting in the Visitor and Education Center, visitors will be led on a special lantern walk up to the fort to find "The Star-Spangled Banner." On the way they will encounter U.S. Coastguardsmen from World War II, recuperating Army soldiers from World War I, Union soldiers and Confederate sympathizers from the Civil War and the 1814 garrison who defended the ramparts from British attack during the War of 1812.

Each vignette will highlight another era of Fort McHenry's long history and how different generations of Americans connected with "The Star-Spangled Banner" over time. You have heard of the saying "if these walls could talk . . ." – well, with the aid of the National Park Staff and living history volunteers you will hear the stories of the fort in a way that is engaging and immersive. See the Civil War era prison cells, hear the clack of the typewriter of the World War I officers' quarters, smell the campfire that the 1814-era civilians are gathered around and experience the fort's history in a new way.

Event Details

Event Category
  • Find Your Park
  • History
  • Light City
General Information
  • Free Admission
  • Federal Hill
  • Outer Baltimore


Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine
2400 East Fort
Baltimore, MD 21230
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