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

    Star-Spangled Banner

    National Historic Trail DC, MD, VA

O! Say Can You See?  . . . The War of 1812 in the Chesapeake

For three years the young United States was embroiled in the War of 1812 and the Chesapeake Bay region felt the brunt of it, choked by shipping blockades and ravaged by enemy raids. Through sites and landscapes in Virginia, the District of Columbia, and throughout Maryland, the Trail tells the stories of the events, people, and places that led to the birth of our National Anthem. 

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Did You Know?

Inner Harbor from Fort McHenry National Site

The Chesapeake Bay region was a center of trade, commerce, and government during the 18th and 19th centures. As such, it became a target of British military strategy during the War of 1812.