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National Anthem

The American National Anthem was inspired by the events at the Battle of Baltimore, one of the key moments in the War of 1812. When Francis Scott Key saw the American flag flying above Fort McHenry amidst the cannon fire, he was inspired to write the historic poem "Defence of Fort McHenry". This poem would be put to music to become "The Star-Spangled Banner". The song became the official American National Anthem on March 3, 1931.

Today, you can view the original poem at the Maryland Historical Society, tour the grounds of Fort McHenry, and visit the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House, the home of Mary Pickersgill who sewed the huge flag that flew above Fort McHenry.

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Baltimore Civil War Museum at President Street Station
Harbor East
601 President St. Baltimore, MD 21202
(443) 220-0290
Adventure Tours
South - 20+ miles
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Adventure Tours
South - 20+ miles
17517-B Indian Head Hwy. Accokeek, MD 20607
(301) 868-1141
Greater Baltimore History Alliance
Greater Baltimore History Alliance
North - 10 to 20 miles
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Greater Baltimore History Alliance
North - 10 to 20 miles
P.O. Box 375 Brooklandville, MD 21022
Star-Spangled Banner Flag House
Star-Spangled Banner Flag House
Historic Jonestown
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Star-Spangled Banner Flag House
Historic Jonestown
844 E. Pratt St. Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 837-1793

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Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

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Unfurl History – and Our National Symbol

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