Special Event


Proprietress, Patriot, Nurse, and Spy: The Unconventional Women of Fort McHenry

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine


Free. Admission to the Star Fort is $15 per person, ages 16 and up.

Repeating Event


Every week on Saturday


March 07, 2020 to March 28, 2020


1:00 PM


1 hour

Type of Event



Join a ranger in exploring the lives and lesser-know tales of the unconventional women who shaped Fort McHenry's history throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Whether they were business owners or spies, the women of Fort McHenry's history broke away from their traditional domestic roles to pursue personal and military endeavors that ultimately showcased a gradual shift of women to the public sphere. During the program, visitors will learn more about Mary Young Pickersgill, maker of the famous Star-Spangled Banner, nurses stationed at Fort McHenry's General Hospital No. 2 during World War I, and many more.

Reservation or Registration: No

Open to the public. Reservations are not needed.