From the time that Captain John Smith sailed into Baltimore’s harbor (yes, that Captain John Smith so prominent in America’s early days) to the penning of our National Anthem, the story of the African Americans journey to freedom, the industrial revolution, and waves of immigrants, Baltimore’s story is America’s story.
From Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine and the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House to the Edgar Allan Poe House and Federal Hill, there is so much to explore.
FORT McHENRY NATIONAL MONUMENT
During the War of 1812, Fort McHenry defended the Baltimore harbor and stopped a British advance into the city. Surrounded by water on three sides, the brick fort was far enough from Baltimore to provide protection without endangering the city. It was the valiant defense of the fort by 1,000 Americans that inspired Francis Scott Key, a lawyer and amateur poet, to compose The Star Spangled Banner, originally entitled Defense of Fort McHenry.Fort McHenry is a must-see historical site when visiting Baltimore.
Address: 2400 E Fort Avenue
BALTIMORE CIVIL WAR MUSEUM
Located near the Pier 5 Hotel, the Baltimore Civil War Museum is a tribute to the workers whop laid the foundation in 1849, no one could imagine the amazing history that would play out in and around President Street Station. From Lincoln’s secret passage through the station under pre-dawn stars to the first bloodshed of the Civil War, President Street Station was an eye witness to key events in our nation’s history.
Address: 601 S President Street
STAR- SPANGLED BANNER FLAG HOUSE
At the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House, you’ll find something quite rare. A fun-filled experience where you will become part of one of the most important stories of our nation’s history – the sewing of the flag that inspired our National Anthem.
Here, you’ll meet Mary Pickersgill, the spirited woman who made the flag. You’ll learn what life was like in the 19th century and your kids can take part in activities that let them experience it for themselves.
Address: 844 E Pratt Street
EDGAR ALLEN POE HOUSE
The Edgar Allen Poe House is in an excellent state of preservation with much of the exterior and interior original fabric from the 1833-1835 period when Edgar lived there with his aunt, grandmother and two cousins. While the house is not furnished, visitors walk on the same floors, stairs and wander within the original plaster walls and woodwork that Edgar lived with.
Exhibits tell the story of Edgar Allan Poe’s life and death in Baltimore and significant artifacts such as Edgar’s portable writing desk and chair, and a telescope, china and glassware used by Edgar when living with the Allan family in Richmond, Virginia.
Address: 203 N Amity Street