Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine Things to Do

  • Sign at the entrance
    Sign at the entrance
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    Guns on the top of the fort
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  • The fort from a sailboat in the morning
    The fort from a sailboat in the morning
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    Fort McHenry Displays

    by Yaqui Written Jul 26, 2009

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    Make sure you explore all the buildings and check out all of the displays. They are interesting and educational, especially if you have kids. It was fascinating to see how the fort is constructed. You can almost sense many who remains here from its past.

    This is one of the most significant events in our history that gave birth to our most beloved National Anthem of the United States of America. A song created by Francis Scott Key that was witness to the battle of Baltimore and how our cherished and beloved flag endure the bombardment by the British on Fort McHenry.

    The flag that is on display now is a replica of the one that is now in the Smithsonian in DC. It is measured 42 by 30 feet and was made by Mary Pickersgill. The fort has a wonderful display of exhibits and the visitor center presents a movie of the events that lead up to the battle and thereof.

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    Fort McHenry Harbor Views

    by Yaqui Written Jul 26, 2009

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    Not only being one of our most cherished historical places. It has a beautiful view from the fort. As I strolled around on the walkway the wraps around the fort, and if your lucky with a wonderful clear sunny day, you will see a wonderful views. I try to imagine what it might have looked back in its day when their was no buildings or ship yard. It is beautiful now, it must have been absolutely stunning back then.

    This is one of the most significant events in our history that gave birth to our most beloved National Anthem of the United States of America. A song created by Francis Scott Key that was witness to the battle of Baltimore and how our cherished and beloved flag endure the bombardment by the British on Fort McHenry.

    The flag that is on display now is a replica of the one that is now in the Smithsonian in DC. It is measured 42 by 30 feet and was made by Mary Pickersgill. The fort has a wonderful display of exhibits and the visitor center presents a movie of the events that lead up to the battle and thereof.

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    Fort McHenry and The Star-Spangled Banner

    by Yaqui Written Jul 26, 2009

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    This is one of the most significant events in our history that gave birth to our most beloved National Anthem of the United States of America. A song created by Francis Scott Key that was witness to the battle of Baltimore and how our cherished and beloved flag endure the bombardment by the British on Fort McHenry.

    The flag that is on display now is a replica of the one that is now in the Smithsonian in DC. It is measured 42 by 30 feet and was made by Mary Pickersgill. The fort has a wonderful display of exhibits and the visitor center presents a movie of the events that lead up to the battle and thereof.

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    Every Maryland Schoolchild

    by grandmaR Updated Oct 25, 2008

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    ..does a trip here at some point in their school life. My son came all the way from St. Mary's county - I think he was in the fifth grade. I also have three snapshots (pictures 1, 3 and 4) from an album of my husband's family which were taken before 1955

    Children under 16 are free, and of course those of us who have Golden Age Passports are free too. So it's only you regular adult people who have to pay the $5.00 admission fee.

    When you see the huge flag from the water, you can get a feeling of how it must have been as dawn broke and Francis Scott Key saw the flag still flying (photo 2 and 5)

    In preparation for the battle Major George Armistead requested a flag " ... so large that the British will have no difficulty in seeing it from a distance..." The woolen flag measured 42 feet long by 30 feet high. That flag had 15 stripes and 15 stars because at that time there were 15 states in the Union, Vermont and Kentucky having been added to the original 13. That meant that each stripe was 2 feet wide and each star was also 2 feet across.

    Following the Battle of Baltimore, September 13-14, 1814 during the War of 1812, the fort never again came under attack. However, it remained an active military post off and on for the next 100 years.

    The Visitor's Center has a model of the Star Fort and a movie theater featuring the film, "The Defense of Fort McHenry." . They also have the usual gift shop.

    The Star Fort has exhibits of historical and military memorabilia, electric battle map, restored barracks, restored flag pole. There are new exhibits in the Commander's Quarters, Guard House, Powder Magazine and the Enlisted Men's Quarters.

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    Photo Opp

    by basstbn Written Mar 30, 2003

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    Can We Go Now?

    The fort's brig provided this unusual opportunity for a family photo. Elizabeth and Allison looked so forlorn - don't know if they were tired and hungry, thought we were going to leave them there, or just good actors.

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    Flag raising and lowering ceremonies

    by basstbn Updated Mar 30, 2003

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    Old Glory

    Flag raising and lowering ceremonies take place several times each day, and visitors are invited to take place in the process of folding the flag - an exact sized replica of that flown over the fort in 1814. My family was all amazed at how big the banner is, and after this eager to see the real thing on display at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC.

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    The fort grounds

    by basstbn Written Mar 30, 2003

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    Elizabeth resting from walking the grounds.

    The grounds and battlements of this star-shaped fort were more spacious than I had expected.

    Originally known as Fort Whetstone because it was built on Whetstone Point overlooking the Patapsco River, dates to 1776. It was renamed after James McHenry, Secretary of War under President George Washington. The fort served as a prisoner of war camp during the Civil War, a hospital during World War I, and as a Coast Guard training base in World War II.

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    Visitors' Center

    by basstbn Written Mar 30, 2003

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    Fort McHenry Visitors' Center

    By all means, see the film in the visitors' center before journeying into the fort. This stirring movie is the most memorable one I have ever seen at any interpretive center, and leaves patriotic Americans with goose bumps.

    As a musician and former US Air Force bandsman, I have performed the "Star-spangled Banner" thousands of times, but never did it mean so much as it did that day in June of 1991.

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    Personal Inspection

    by mrclay2000 Written Mar 5, 2003

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    inside Fort McHenry

    If the colonials failed to satisfy your curiosity regarding colonial soldiers and their way of life, a look into their living quarters, kitchens and magazines might help to explain how stark a soldier's life could be.

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    Wander Inside the Fort

    by mrclay2000 Written Mar 5, 2003

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    mortars within Fort McHenry

    A brief tour will show at a glance how the star fort's design protected various embrasures from incoming fire. Most of the mortar and brick outer walls are still standing, but parts of these are further protected by turfed revetments. As in any castle or fort design, the structure was expected to provide the utmost security to the defenders while allowing the maximum fire power against the attackers.

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    Pivot Action

    by mrclay2000 Written Mar 5, 2003

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    barbette gun, Fort McHenry

    The large barbette gun carriages swiveled on special mounts that allowed the fort's defenders to fire at enemy ships in the bay across a wide range.

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