Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine, Baltimore, MD

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine is a remarkable landmark in Baltimore, Maryland. The fort played a significant role in the War of 1812 and is renowned for its successful defense against a British naval attack. It was named after James McHenry, who served as the Secretary of War under President George Washington. Continue back to our homepage, We Clean Baltimore

During the War of 1812, the British navy bombarded the fort for 25 hours straight. Despite being outnumbered and outgunned, the fort’s defenders showed incredible bravery and managed to repel the British attack. Francis Scott Key was inspired by this victory to pen America’s national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.”


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Today, visitors can explore Fort McHenry’s rich history at the visitor center, which offers exhibits that detail the fort’s history and the wider context of the conflict, alongside artifacts and memorabilia from the era. Visitors can also go on ranger-led tours, which allow them to walk in the footsteps of those who fought to defend the fort.

The daily flag ceremony, where park rangers lower the giant American flag at sunset while singing “The Star-Spangled Banner,” is one of the highlights of any visit to Fort McHenry. There are also living history programs, such as blacksmithing demonstrations and musket firing drills, and special events throughout the year, including reenactments, festivals, and concerts. Read about another staff favorite the Maryland Zoo, Baltimore, MD.

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine is a living, breathing reminder of the sacrifices made by those who defended their country and the ideals that America represents. It’s a must-visit destination for anyone interested in American history, and architecture, or simply looking for an inspiring and educational day out. Come experience the spirit of America firsthand at this vital link to our nation’s past.

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