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After witnessing American troops hold down a British attack on Baltimore’s Fort McHenry during the War of 1812, Francis Scott Key penned a poem entitled “Defence of Fort McHenry” – which, when sung to the tune of an old British drinking song, would eventually become America’s national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Baltimore is now well-known as home to several historical sites connected to our national anthem, including the Fort McHenry National Monument, the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House, and the original draft of the Star-Spangled Banner at the Maryland Historical Society.

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The Baltimore Streetcar Museum, Inc.
Station North
1901 Falls Rd. Baltimore, MD 21211
(410) 547-0264
Jewish Museum of Maryland
Jewish Museum of Maryland
Historic Jonestown
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Jewish Museum of Maryland
Historic Jonestown
15 Lloyd St. Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 732-6400
Phoenix Shot Tower
Phoenix Shot Tower
Historic Jonestown
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Phoenix Shot Tower
Historic Jonestown
801 E. Fayette St. Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 605-2964
Civic Works - Clifton Mansion
Civic Works - Clifton Mansion
Cold Stream Homestead Montebello
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Civic Works - Clifton Mansion
Cold Stream Homestead Montebello
2701 St. Lo Dr. Baltimore, MD 21213
(410) 366-8533

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Discovering Fort McHenry National Monument & Historical Shrine

With special events, activities for kids, and much more, no visit to Baltimore is complete without a trip to Fort McHenry.…

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Historic Sites in Baltimore: The War of 1812 Photo Tour
Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

Whether you're an armchair historian or planning a school trip, Fort McHenry is a must-see historical site when visiting Baltimore.…

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Baltimore Visitor Center

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