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Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

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2400 East Fort Ave., Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 962-4290
https://www.nps.gov/fomc/index.htm
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If not for the battle at Fort McHenry during the War of 1812, Francis Scott Key might not have been inspired to write the “Star Spangled Banner,” and who knows what Americans would be listening to ... Read more
before baseball games. O’er those ramparts, those bombs burst in air, while today only a replica remains of the flag that was “still there.” The fort, designed in 1798 by Frenchman Jean Foncin, was dedicated to James McHenry, a military surgeon who would become the Secretary of War during George Washington’s presidency. Declared a National Monument in 1939, Fort McHenry invites visitors to honor the birthplace of the United States national anthem.

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Las Vegas

History buffs need to visit Fort McHenry, where, during the Battle of Baltimore on September 13-14, 1814, Francis Scott Key was inspired to write "The Star-Spangled Banner."

Hang around for dusk and you can participate (for free) in the nightly flag ceremony. Pretty cool, especially to get kids interested in our nation's history.

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Highlands Ranch

Great place to learn about us history and witness where the inspiration to the national anthem were composed

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Middle River

The have done a great job with this park. Attractive, well organized and a great way to spend a day experiencing American history

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Los Angeles

History at its finest - a place known for the Battle of Baltimore during War of 1812. That battle inspired Francis Scott Key in creating our National Anthem.

The outside area is free to visit and it's dog-friendly. You can take a stroll along the river bend. To enjoy the actual history of it all, admission is $10 of 16 years of age and older. Anyone younger than 16 is free.

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The birthplace of the Star Spangled Banner, it's easily accessible by water tax from Canton Waterfront Park and the Inner Harbor.

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Norfolk

Where the Stars and Stripes inspired Francis Scott Key to write our National Anthem. Sit outside the Fort by the bay and have a picnic lunch and enjoy the history.

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Local from Baltimore

Awesome park! Wonderful rangers with great stories of the historic monument. Wonderful museum pieces as well. So much history!

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Washington, D.C.

From above, Fort McHenry is a stunning star-shaped military defense along the Maryland coast. The fort played a key role in defending Baltimore from the British in the War of 1812 and is also the site that inspired Francis Scott Key to pen the Star Spangled Banner, the national anthem of the United States. Admission to the fort is free.

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Local from Baltimore

Sometimes I'm skeptical about war-related things, but Fort McHenry is a very cool national monument and makes for a cheap, fun, active day trip. From Fell's Point, take a water taxi (5-10 bucks) or simply walk from Federal Hill, Mount Vernon or the Inner Harbor. The visitor's center is a good place to start, but not mandatory. It's so worth the ten dollars to enter the historic area and see all of the park. Avoid the pricey attractions nearby by packing a picnic lunch and blanket!

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Schenectady
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Fort McHenry is part of the National Park Service’s park units. It historical interpretation is the battle that took place the War of 1812 in where Francis Scott Key wrote a poem that later became the US National Anthem. Fort McHenry has built a new Visitor Center with all new displays. Disability Access is available as long with disability parking. You will need about 2 to 3 hours to visit. One great tip is to check out their events page to see when people are in costume for those great photographs.

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Brisbane

Historic for the protected the entrance to the Baltimore Harbor. This fort inspired the writing of the Star Spangled Banner when it held out against the British during the War of 1812

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Jonesboro
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Pretty freaking awesome! A nice, hands-on look at history, and a war often dealt with too cursorily by school books. They will never build anything like this place ever again, so definitely enjoy it! Take the tour.

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Joppa

Nice to visit!!

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Arlington

Learned a lot!

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Gambrills

Went when I was young, lots of exploring and history from what I remember.

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