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Fort McHenry National Monument
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Beautiful views, and US History
Jul 24, 2014 by: Greg D from Colchester, Vermont, United States
I have wandered different forts in Maine, NH, VT and NY. This one here in MD is one of the favorite i have been to. Sooo much to see and explore at your own pace. Makes for a great afternoon that even the kids will enjoy.
A must-see visit in 2014
Jul 24, 2014 by: nlmama from Washington DC, District of Columbia
The new visitors' center at Ft. McHenry is fantastic! The fort itself is also being spruced up for the bicentennial of the battle that inspired our national anthem. The 10-minute movie was perfect for everyone, even the children, and I noticed not just a few adults blotting eyes as we all stood up for the anthem at the end. Reenactors fired cannons into the Harbor and then taught us all about the canons, their attire, and the life of soldiers during that time period. We also learned about how women came to the fort monthly as the first federal employees, hired to do laundry at the fort. The kids all tried carrying buckets of water and stirring the giant pots of dirty clothes, and they found it as unattractive a chore as it is now. The adults were thankful for modern appliances. A fife and drum corps performed beautifully, a giant flag was unfurled, and the barracks themselves were toured. I hear the flag raising/lowering is great, too, but we weren't there for either. Everyone enjoyed it, young and not-so-young. The park has shade trees and a few benches by the water, which is a perfect spot for a picnic. Free parking in the lot, or take a Water Taxi from the Inner Harbor area. Extra events are planned all year, especially in September.
Jul 23, 2014 by: Heather H from Jeffersonville, Pennsylvania, United States
My husband & I went just this past Monday and I have to say it was absolutely breathtaking. Even if your not into history the views were amazing I couldn't belive how much you could see from the top of the fort, I love history and loved the fact that the turned the bunkers into little museums it was really nice to read about, We took a water taxi over and I have to say that was the best way to view it!
A bit of history
Jul 22, 2014 by: Tourist028 from USA
We have driven by Fort Mchenry several times and decided to stop in and were glad we did. The tour was very good and there were re-enacters on site. We learned a lot from the park ranger and highly recommend taking a guided tour.
Been a long time . . . .
Jul 22, 2014 by: Shawn Tavon S from
I once went to the place so the soldiers would demonstrate how they defeated the Redcoats and how our National Anthem was derived!
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