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Fort McHenry

Fort McHenry is primarily known for the Battle of Baltimore during the War of 1812, when American troops stopped a British invasion. The battle inspired Francis Scott Key to pen what would become the national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner” – originally entitled “Defense of Fort McHenry”.  During the Civil War, the fort served as a military prison. Another interesting fact: When a new flag is designed for use by the United States, it is first flown over Fort McHenry. This spectacular embodiment of the spirit of America is open most days for a visit and is a must-see for history fans. 

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Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum
Camden Yards
216 Emory Street Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 727-1539
Homewood Museum
Homewood Museum
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Homewood Museum
Charles Village/Homewood
3400 N. Charles St. Baltimore, MD 21218
(410) 516-5589
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
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Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine and Hampton National Historic Site
South - Less than 10 miles
2400 E. Fort Ave. Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 962-4290

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