Plan Your Visit
Below are helpful sites when planning a visit to historic Fell''s Point and greater Baltimore. Also check our Preservation Society tours.
is a 560-mile land and water route that tells the story of the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake Bay region. It connects historic sites in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia and commemorates the events leading up to the Battle for Baltimore, the aftermath of which inspired Francis Scott Key to write our National Anthem. The trail traces American and British troop movements, introduces visitors to communities affected by the war, and highlights the Chesapeake region’s distinctive landscapes and waterways.
Maryland played a pivotal role during the War of 1812, particularly during 1814 when the British captured and burned Washington, D.C. and then made their way toward Baltimore. The British planned to attack Baltimore by land at North Point and by sea at Fort McHenry, which stood in defense of the Baltimore Harbor. It was during the bombardment of Fort McHenry that Francis Scott Key, a Maryland-born attorney brought by truce ship to negotiate the release of an American prisoner, was inspired to write the words to what became the United States’ National Anthem. Star-Spangled is a three-year commemoration of Maryland’s unique contributions to the defense and heritage of the nation, including the birth of the Star-Spangled Banner.
Baltimore’s concentration of historic, cultural, and natural resources makes the city a truly unique place. The city has been witness to events that have dramatically altered the course of the nation’s history. Over the centuries it has also been witness to more subtle changes in the way Americans work, play, and live. With heritage area designation, both the state of Maryland and the U.S. Congress have acknowledged Baltimore for its capacity to tell these important stories.
The Baltimore National Heritage Area (BNHA) is one of 12 certified heritage areas in Maryland and one of 49 Congressionally designated national heritage areas across the country. The heritage area covers roughly 22 square miles. The core of the heritage area includes the historic neighborhoods around Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. One of BNHA’s most publicly visible projects is its network of urban heritage trails.
The Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail is over 680 miles of land and water trails that follow the route taken by General Washington and General Rochambeau to and from the siege of Yorktown, a pivotal event in the War for Independence. The NHT passes through Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. The large geographic presence of the trail serves to connect major metropolitan areas, national and state parks, crosses multiple national, historic and scenic trails, and encourages visitation to the numerous historic sites along the route.
The NHT offers a variety of experiences as you follow the steps taken by American and French soldiers. Major cities such as Boston, Philadelphia, and Alexandria still maintain much of their historic fabric despite growing tremendously since 1781, while New York''s Hudson River Valley and Virginia''s rural farmland seem to have changed very little. The NHT also follows many roads which have been in existence since the 18th century. These roads continue to pass through towns large and small, offering a unity to the many communities along the way.
Baltimore, home to the original manuscript of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and to the people, sites and events about which it was written, is honoring the 200th anniversary of our national anthem with a series of special events and exhibitions culminating in September 2014.
This web site includes the movie "Prize of the Chesapeake" and lots of related information.