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

    Star-Spangled Banner

    National Historic Trail DC, MD, VA

Stories

sheet music

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?

Painting of Fort McHenry

Although it gave the United States a national anthem, there is no evidence that any of Fort McHenry's defenders were killed by a Congreve rocket during the battle even though around 700 were fired.