More Places to Visit
Photo courtesy of Iain Burns
Places to Visit along the Trail
Over the next few years, you will begin to see signs marking the trail route, signs providing interpretation, trail-supported interpretive programs, and maps and guides providing trial orientation and trip planning features. In the meantime, be adventurous! Take a look at the places that the trail will tie together. Some of these places may be ready for your visit right now.
Alexandria, Virginia - The town was occupied by the British and surrendered to the invading forces in August of 1814.
Battle of North Point, Baltimore County, MD - September 12, 1814.
Bladensburg Waterfront Park, Prince George's County, MD -The Bladensburg Bridge was the crossing point to the Anacostia River.
Carlyle House, Alexandria, VA - Owned by the Carlyle Family in 1814 the Historic House Museum provides programming telling the story of Alexandria in the War of 1812.
Darnall's Chance House Museum in Prince George's County, MD - the home of John Hodges, who was the only man known to be tried for treason for his actions during the War of 1812; there is an annual bus and boat tour of the area each August.
Decatur House, Washington DC - The c. 1817 home of Commander Decatur, a War of 1812 naval hero.
Dumbarton House, Washington DC - Where First Lady, Dolley Madison, attempted to meet the President after leaving the White House as the British advanced on Washington.
Kinsale Museum - The Kinsale Museum shares the story of the defeat of the Asp in Kinsale Creek on July 14, 1813, and the ensuing death of Midshipman James Butler Sigourney.
Maryland Historical Society - Houses one of the original Francis Scott Key manuscripts of the "Defense of Fort McHenry."
Octagon House, Washington DC - where President Madison lived and signed the Treaty of Ghent after the burning of the White House.
Riversdale House Museum, Prince George's County, MD - The home of the Calvert Family in 1814, Riversdale is the site of many War of 1812 re-enactment events.
Todd's Inheritance, Baltimore County, MD - This house was used as an American signal station and burned by the British on September 14, 1814.
US Naval Museum, Washington DC -- provides an overview of the War of 1812 in the context of our nation's role in naval defense worldwide.
As the trail develops, sites will continue to be added to this list.
Did You Know?
Francis Scott Key's patriotic song describing the bombardment of Fort McHenry was first published as a broadside in 1814. The broadside included important details on how the song came to be written and shows that it was originally titled "Defense of Fort M'Henry."