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Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine

courtesy of the National Park Service

Contact Information:
Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine
End of East Fort Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21230

Size: 43 acres

Location: Fort McHenry National Monument is located 3 miles southeast of the Baltimore Inner Harbor and just off I-95. 

Description: Successful defense of this fort in the War of 1812, September 13-14, 1814, inspired Francis Scott Key to write "The Star Spangled Banner."

Fort McHenry National Monument 
courtesy of the National Park Service

Activities: Interpretive programs, living history (seasonal), and daily flag changing. Fort and grounds are self-guided tours.

Operating Hours: Grounds: Daily, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Fort and Visitor Center: Daily, 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Summer Hours (early June through early September): Grounds: Daily, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Fort and Visitor Center: Daily: 8:00 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. Closed: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.

History: Authorized as Fort McHenry National Park on March 3, 1925; redesignated on August 11, 1939. 

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