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

    Star-Spangled Banner

    National Historic Trail DC, MD, VA

Support Your Park

The Star-Spangled Banner Trail was created to commemorate and protect historical events and places, but its modern-day success depends on how we preserve, protect and use the trail. Getting out on the trail is the first step toward understanding how the Chesapeake Bay region has changed in the last 200 years. We are all responsible for how future generations will experience the region's natural and cultural heritage.

Here are some of the ways you can get involved in the trail today:

Experience the Trail

Join Others in Restoring the Chesapeake Bay

The Bay's future depends on the actions of every person who lives, works and plays in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Simple changes in how we treat our backyards and public spaces can improve the quality of the Bay and its rivers now and for future generations.

Help Tell the Stories of Chesapeake Bay People and Places

The story of peoples' relationship with and reliance on the Chesapeake Bay spans thousands of years. Telling these stories allows people of all ages to connect with past.
How can you share your love of storytelling and history?

  • Volunteer as a museum docent or guide at museums or sites along the trail. Contact sites directly, or contact us for suggestions.
  • Volunteer at a national park near you.
  • Help your favorite trail site or organization with research and content development. Contact the site directly, or contact us about your interests.

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.