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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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The Baltimore Streetcar Museum, Inc.
Station North
1901 Falls Rd. Baltimore, MD 21211
(410) 547-0264
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Irish Shrine and Railroad Workers Museum
Washington Village
918-20 Lemmon St. Baltimore, MD 21223
(410) 347-4747
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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Lillie Carroll Jackson Civil Rights Museum
Bolton Hill
1320 Eutaw Pl. Baltimore, MD 21217
(410) 383-8737

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Fort McHenry Trip Ideas

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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Baltimore and the War of 1812

After years of friction between the young United States and Great Britain over U.S.…

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Getting Around on the Charm City Circulator

It can be difficult navigating unknown territory, and when you’re visiting a new city, you want to be able to enjoy the sights, not worry about how to get to them.…

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Unfurl History – and Our National Symbol

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine  …

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