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

    Star-Spangled Banner

    National Historic Trail DC, MD, VA


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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 Chesapeake Campaign of 1814 is significant in and of itself and represents key turning points in American social and political history. The events of the invasion contributed to the preservation of a young nation and its Constitution