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Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, Baltimore

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The fortress that inspired Francis Scott Key to write "The Star Spangled Banner," Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine displays artifacts from all the wars fought near its walls. Soldiers at the fort successfully defended Baltimore Harbor during the War of 1812. The fort was used in military operations until World War II, acting an army hospital in World War I and as a Coast Guard base in World War II. You can reach the military establishment by water taxi from Inner Harbor in the center of Baltimore. Historical reenactments of the siege of 1812 and other periods take place regularly. Put Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine into our Baltimore vacation builder to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Baltimore.
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  • Visiting Fort McHenry was one of the highlights of the trip to Baltimore. Very well preserved, the fort is a time travel, allowing the visitor to get an excellent idea of the context in which Francis Scott Key composed the poem that years later (in 1931) officially became the United States anthem. Visit the fort McHenry was one of the outstanding points of the trip to Baltimore. Very well maintained, the Fort is a trip back in time, allowing the visitor to have an excellent idea of the context in which Francis Scott Key composed the poem that years later (in 1931) became the official hymn of the United Estdos.
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  • The new visitor's center is amazing. The displays and video presentation are very well done. Then you walk through the fort and around the walls and you can feel the history of the place.  more »
  • All people need to go here. This Battle inspired Francis Scott Key to write the Star Spangled Banner. Does it get better than that? Awesome Park Exhibit, well layed out  more »