Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

Long before Baltimore had the Inner Harbor, there was Fort McHenry, the original “Star Spangled Banner” place. Now, we’ve never been fans of the national anthem (it’s only singable at baseball games, where the beer certainly helps), but Fort McHenry is an interesting and scenic place. The fort, designed in the classic star shape of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, was built to guard Baltimore’s harbor. Francis Scott Key’s poem, later set to music, records a spectacular assault on Fort McHenry by the British navy on September 13-14, 1814. The fort held, thwarting the British attempt to seize the port of Baltimore. Fort McHenry never again came under attack, but it remained an active military post off and on for the next 100 years.

Click here to view a location map of Fort McHenry and surrounding areas.


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