• The Star-Spangled Banner flying over Tangier Island, VA.

    Star-Spangled Banner

    National Historic Trail DC, MD, VA

Stories

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Click here to learn the story of Francis Scott Key's penning of the words to "The Star-Spangled Banner."



Saving the Declaration of Independence and a portrait of George Washington from the invading British, a runaway slave’s escape to Fort McHenry, and the resolve of Maryland militia at the Battle of North Point are some of the many other stories you will encounter on the Trail.



Did You Know?

Star-Spangled Banner National Anthem sheet music

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."