I didn't know anything about the Fort before arriving but it is well known to many Americans. This is the location where the words to America's National Anthem "The Star Spangled Banner" were inspired. We spent about an hour walking around the fort and going inside the visitor's centre. We watched a short film that explained the significance of the battle that occurred near the fort and how it inspired the writing of the Star Spangled Banner. It was very interesting to see the history behind the song in person and would recommend it to anyone who is spending a day or two in Baltimore.
I'll be honest, as a history major and lover of the colonial American time period, I hadn't been to Baltimore or seen Fort McHenry prior to 2010. When I saw the HUGE American flag flying over the Fort as the taxi approached, I got a little choked up. It was an impressive sight and the lyrics to our national anthem played in my head. "...the flag was still there..." I was a proud American to see this historic sight. The fort is beautiful and it is far enough from the city that you feel like you have left the hustle and bustle behind. If you are near Baltimore, I highly recommend a visit to Fort McHenry.
View of the fort from the Harbor
The reenactors were taking a break while we were there because it was so hot. I don't blame them one bit!
This cannon looks menacing even when I know it is not loaded.
It was amazing to stand and know that on that site all those years ago men fought and died to save our new country.
A model of the Fort and the surrounding harbor.
There was a small parade while we were there. They played period instruments and it was pretty cool.