O! say can you see,...

by the dawn's early light, a large red, white and blue banner? Whose broad stripes and bright stars... were so gallantly streaming...over Fort McHenry! The valiant defense of the fort during the Battle of Baltimore on September 13-14, 1814 inspired Francis Scott Key to write the words that became the U.S. national anthem. The fort's history holds many other stories too, from the Civil War to WWII.

A black and white photograph of Mary A. Hickey on a bench.

19th Amendment Centennial

Learn about how Fort McHenry has connections to the suffragist movement and the passing of the 19th Amendment!

History & Culture

History & Culture

From the War of 1812 to present day - discover the people and places that make up Fort McHenry's rich history.

Photos & Multimedia

Photos & Multimedia

View the visitor center orientation film, see photo galleries, connect on social media, and find additional online resources.

Events Calendar

Events Calendar

Check the calendar for upcoming special events and programs.

Volunteer! Make a difference!

Volunteer! Make a difference!

Volunteer with the National Park Service at Fort McHenry!

Plan Your Visit

Plan Your Visit

Find information on park hours, program schedules, and more.

Kids & Youth

Kids & Youth

Kids can have a great time at Fort McHenry! Find information on field trips, activities, and materials for the classroom.

Last updated: November 4, 2020

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Mailing Address:

2400 East Fort Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21230

Phone:

(410) 962-4290 x250

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