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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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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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Unfurl History – and Our National Symbol

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine  …

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Find Your Park in Baltimore

As the U.S. National Park Service celebrates more than 100 years of service, we invite you to find your park in Baltimore.…

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