Fort McHenry is near the Baltimore Harbor and a must-see site of American history. This is where Francis Scott Key composed the Star Spangled Banner during the War of 1812. He was negotiating the release of a prisoner but was detained for most of the night on the British ship Tonnant. In the morning, when the sun rose, Key saw the U.S. flag still flying above the fort and thus knew that the British had not yet taken it. He was inspired to write a poem, which was later set to music and became our national anthem.
Frances Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner here during the War of 1812. The staff do a little presentation in a darkened room and as the Star Spangled Banner plays through the loudspeakers, the giant curtains open to the huge American flag. I was trying not to laugh during all of this because I know many people take this stuff seriously, I am not one of them.
Here's where the inspiration for our National Anthem 'The Star Spangled Banner' came from. An interesting monument, well worth the visit