• 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?

The British burned parts of Washington, D.C. including the White House in August 1814.

The low point in the War of 1812 for the United States was undoubtedly the British occupation of Washington in August of 1814. Neither Secretary of War John Armstrong nor any other high official in the government thought the capital was in jeopardy because it had no real strategic value.