Fort McHenry National Monument in Maryland
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this 18th-century brick fort is best known as the birthplace of the "The Star Spangled Banner." In 1939, Fort Henry was given the double designation as a "National Monument and Historic Shrine", the only such named place in the United States. Only minutes from Fort McHenry, Wyndham Hotel Group offers travelers world-class comfort and amenities for a pleasant stay in the Baltimore area. Guests will enjoy upscale services and amenities, including free Wi-Fi, elegant dining rooms, spa treatments, a fitness center and 24-hour concierge assistance to enhance the Maryland Wyndham Experience.
Fort McHenry Guard
Sponsored by the National Park Service and The Patriots of Fort McHenry, Fort McHenry Guard is a historical organization comprised of volunteers who provide park visitors with a look into the past. Focusing n the early 19th century, the Guard delivers outstanding historical interpretations, military demonstrations and mock war reenactments. The Guard is expertly trained and equipped by the NPS to represent the Baltimore Fencible and US Corps of Artilleries, and the US Sea Fencibles. During the summer months, many volunteers come together to depict the 19th century lifestyle and daily activities of the Baltimore society, creating a period true scene for Fort McHenry visitors.
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Ft. McHenry Tour
Discover Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine with a self-guided tour of the fort. Beginning in the Visitor center, the tour begins with a short orientation film shown every half –hour throughout the day. The Center displays relics of the War of 1812, including antique guns, handwritten diaries and soldier uniforms. During the summer months the Visitor Center offers daily ranger talks, history discussions on the fort and incredible performances of musket, drill and artillery reenactments. Special events at the fort include, Civil War Weekend, Defender's Day, National Flag Day and twilight tattoo ceremonies. For a schedule of events, visit http://www.nps.gov/fomc/planyourvisit/events.htm.
History of Fort McHenry
Designed in 1798 by Frenchman Jean Foncin, Fort McHenry was built to protect the Port of Baltimore after the independence of America was won. After a 25 hour attack of the British, to his amazement, Francis Scott Key realized the American flag had survived and was still flying. It was at that moment Key penned "The Star Spangled Banner."