"Fort McHenry, site of the..." Maryland Things to Do Tip by DrewV

Maryland Things to Do: 121 reviews and 239 photos


Fort McHenry, site of the siege that inspired <i>The Star-Spangled Banner</i>
The fort that guards Baltimore Harbour from marauding British ships, Fort McHenry was beseiged during the war of 1812 (the Napoleonic Wars, some might say) by a few of these aforementioned marauding British ships. A young chap named Frances Scott Key somehow got himself captured and watched the battle from the deck of a British ship. He watched as the fort was bombarded again and again throughout the night until dawn came and lo! the flag was still flying over the land of the free and the home of the brave.

The fort itself is fairly well preserved, as I recall, and gives tremendous views of the harbour and the bay.

Review Helpfulness: 0.5 out of 5 stars

Was this review helpful?

  • Written Aug 24, 2002
  • Send to a Friend
  • Add to your Trip Planner
  • Report Abuse


Top 5,000 Travel Writer
Member Rank:
0 1 8 6 5

Have you been to Maryland?

  Share Your Travels