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.

Explore the Trail

Explore the Trail

Learn more about the history of the trail, War of 1812 on the Chesapeake, and the writing of the National Anthem.

Find Your Trail

Find Your Trail

Celebrate 50 years of National Trails!

Broad Stripes and Bright Stars

Broad Stripes and Bright Stars

See the famous Star-Spangled Banner at the National Museum of American History.

For Kids

For Kids

Earn your Star-Spangled Banner Trail Junior Ranger badge and more!

Last updated: March 5, 2018

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2400 East Fort Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21230

Phone:

410.962.4290

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