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Fort McHenry National Monument
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Mar 03, 2015 by: 1945Sheila from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
A visit to Fort McHenry is a must if you're in Baltimore. I was very impressed with the beauty of the grounds and fascinated with the history of Fort McHenry. Just being there was inspiring and I learned a lot.
Oh say can you see, by the dawns early light.
Mar 03, 2015 by: Teresa F from Mill Hall, Pennsylvania
The real meaning of The Star Spangler Banner comes to life. As you hear the story and see where one of the battle was fought for our freedom, there is Calm Reverent Silence. You will be more proud and happy to rise and sing after this visit. Thanks!
even -11C temperatures and snow couldnt keep us away.
Mar 03, 2015 by: cumba68 from cork ireland
Visiting Baltimore from Ireland - a few days to pass pre cruise and my husband had researched here and was on top of his list of places to visit.we got the Banner Route of Charm city Circulator bus ( Free Bus) out to Locust Point. Bitter cold day snow falling- 11C but that didnt deter us from walking around this splendid site. Staff at reception so friendly and informative.So much information and my husband had great conversations with staff on site. I was really interested in the footage of when there was a hospital on site. Fascinating amazing people. Highly recommend visiting here. spent most of the day here.
Wonderful historic site
Mar 01, 2015 by: Buttersthecat from Parkville MD
The park rangers are grace personified and we saw them under siege of a 5th grade class on a brutally cold day. The new ( to us) exhibits really bring 1812 into focus. I cannot say everyone chokes up over seeing the flag but, it moves me every time when I think about our soldiers and the environment in which they fought. Also good to know how Ft McHenry continued to vitally serve the country before it became a park. Watching the ships and tugs from the seawall gave us a few moments of quiet reflection for which we were grateful. The fort covered in snow is quite a beautiful site. So glad we re -visited a place we thought we knew well!
Well worth the visit
Feb 25, 2015 by: Cynthia F from Dallas, Texas
This was a great visit with family ( one teenager along wit us) and friends. We all learned a lot - young and old. The remains of the fort itself are interesting and the canons, still in place, were great to see positioned to protect the fort. The history of this fort, its various uses, and the history of the Star Spangled Banner ( written during a battle here) is an interesting one. The Star Spangled Banner was, as we all know, written by Francis Scott Key - but who knew he was a lawyer from D.C., on a mission to rescue a client who had been captured by the British and was being held on a ship there. And who knew that Francis Scott Key put the song to the tune of an old British drinking song - that's one of the reasons that it caught on - everyone already knew the tune. The history of the Fort helps to highlight the very old and close connection between Baltimore and D.C. We headed out to the old fort first, and then inside to spend time in the museum. Most people probably do it in reverse. We were impressed by the nice facilities and how the displays in the museum building were set up. The film shown was pretty good - and the ending - when they lift the film screen up to see the old fort and the water, is just a fabulous touch. We visited on a cold day, but still enjoyed the visit very much. Visitors can go into many of the old buildings there. It is well worth your time, and really a zip to get to by car if you like, rather than the boat taxi.
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