Fort McHenry National Monument: Happy Birthday ‘Star Spangled Banner!’


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On this day, 205 years ago during the war of 1812, after witnessing a 25-hour bombardment of Fort McHenry by the British, Francis Scott Key was inspired to write the poem “Defence of Fort M’Henry.” Later set to music, it became the Star Spangled Banner, our national anthem.


Here is a 4-minute tour of Fort McHenry, courtesy of Cspan’s You Tube channel:

You can see my previous Fort McHenry post here.


Location: 2400 E Fort Ave, Baltimore, MD 21230

Designation: National Monument

Date designated or established: 3/3/1925

Date of my visit: July 17, 2013