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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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Mother Seton House & Historic Seminary Chapel
Seton Hill
600 N. Paca St. Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 728-6464
B&O Railroad Museum
B&O Railroad Museum
Washington Village
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B&O Railroad Museum
Washington Village
901 W. Pratt St. Baltimore, MD 21223
(410) 752-2490
Carroll Mansion
Carroll Mansion
Historic Jonestown
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Carroll Mansion
Historic Jonestown
800 E. Lombard St. Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 605-2964
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La Grande Vision - James Earl Reid Sculptor
West - 10 to 20 miles
5517 Haddon Ave. Baltimore, MD 21207
(443) 722-2552

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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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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
The Civil War in Baltimore

Visit these top sites of historical significance in and around Baltimore to see how the story of the Civil War unfolded in the city, and to feel its lingering aftermath.…

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