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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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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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Historic Ships in Baltimore
Inner Harbor
301 E Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21202 Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 539-1797
Old Otterbein Church
Inner Harbor
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Old Otterbein Church
Inner Harbor
112 W. Conway St. Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 685-4703

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Unfurl History – and Our National Symbol

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine  …

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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
Baltimore Visitor Center

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