O! say can you see,...

by the dawn's early light, a large red, white and blue banner? Whose broad stripes and bright stars . . . were so gallantly streaming! over the star-shaped Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore, September 13-14, 1814. The valiant defense of the fort inspired Francis Scott Key to write "The Star-Spangled Banner."

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Flag Talk

EXPERIENTIAL TOUR

“Broad Stripes and Bright Stars – the Flag Talk” Your group will experience the flag that became a symbol of the city, the state and the nation.

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Key Story

EXPERIENTIAL TOUR

War in the Chesapeake – The “Key” Story! Hear about the unsung heroes of the War of 1812 – Dr. William Beanes, John Skinner, Charles Ball and others.

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Ranger Talks

RANGER TALKS!

Join a Ranger for a talk - Flag Change: 9:30 & 4:20, Flag Talk 10:00 & 10:30, 1:30, Ranger Talk 11:00, 2:00 & 3:00

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LIVE Fort McHenry Web Cam

LIVE Fort McHenry Web Cam

Watch LIVE, the webcam at Fort McHenry. Check out the "Fort View".

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Stay connected with what is happening on all our social media sites!

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cast your vote

Cast Your Vote!

It is May 1812. America is on the brink of war. What do you think of the issues — and the decision to go to war?

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Hold The Fort

HOLD THE FORT!

A game of survival, strategy & nerve in the War of 1812! Try your skill and Hold the Fort!

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The busses arrive at Fort McHenry.

Group Arrangements

Fort McHenry is a great place for a group visit. Start your planning now for a successful trip.

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