• Baltimore's Inner Harbor seen from Federal Hill. Photography by Mark Dennis.


    National Heritage Area Maryland

Experience the Heart of the Chesapeake

For nearly three centuries, Baltimore has stood as a center of commerce and culture for the Chesapeake Bay. The city has seen the incredible transformation of American identity, shaped by war, prosperity, and struggles for freedom and civil rights. Visit www.explorebaltimore.org to experience the places and people that shaped the nation and forged the American identity.

Did You Know?

City Seal

The first bloodshed of the Civil War occurred in Baltimore on April 19, 1861 when a skirmish erupted between Baltimore citizens and Union soldiers marching through the city. Five soldiers and 11 civilians were killed.