Fort McHenry National Monument

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine 2400 E Fort Ave

Baltimore's Best Parks and Gardens/Fort McHenry National Monument
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Fort McHenry National Monument

The Fort McHenry National Monument is one of the most historic sites in the country. In fact, the pentagonal bastion fort is considered a part of the nation's National Park service. If you're looking to explore this historic shrine, it can be found in the Locust Point neighborhood of Baltimore, Maryland.

Fort McHenry National Monument is considered the birthplace of 'The Star-Spangled Banner." The site is best known for its role in the War of 1812 when patriots successfully defended the harbor from an attack by the British Royal navy. After seeing the American flag on top of the fort, Francis Scott Key was inspired to write the poem "Defense of Fort McHenry" which later became the lyrics for the national anthem of the United States of America.

Fort McHenry is a popular site for commemorative events, such as the 200th Anniversary of "The Star-Spangled Banner. The below video offers an inside look at the Fort McHenry National Monument.

In addition to learning about this important site in America's history, visitors can see wildlife and enjoy amazing views of the Baltimore Harbor.

Expect to spend about an hour and a half exploring the site. It is recommended to begin in the Visitor and Educational Center. Here visitors can watch a short 10-minute orientation film to get acquainted with the site. Tours of Fort McHenry are self-guided but special Ranger programs are available throughout the year. Check the calendar events before visiting because great events take place throughout the year including flag ceremonies, artillery demonstrations, and informative programs. Note: there is an admission cost to visit the national monument.

Come explore the site that inspired the national anthem of the United States.

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Fort McHenry National Monument

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