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The fortress that inspired Francis Scott Key to write "The Star Spangled Banner," Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine displays artifacts from all the wars fought near its walls. Soldiers at the fort successfully defended Baltimore Harbor during the War of 1812. The fort was used in military operations until World War II, acting an army hospital in World War I and as a Coast Guard base in World War II. You can reach the military establishment by water taxi from Inner Harbor in the center of Baltimore. Historical reenactments of the siege of 1812 and other periods take place regularly. To visit Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine on your trip to Baltimore, use our Baltimore trip itinerary builder app .
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I enjoyed visiting the birthplace of American national anthem. The visitor center explains how the poem was written. While I was there a group of Honor Flight participants were amongst us and raised 1... more »
アメリカが独立してしばらく経ったのちに勃発した米英戦争で、英軍の激しい攻撃に晒されたという地。諸事情によりその攻撃の様子を海上で見届けたのがアメリカ国歌の作詞者だという。つまりここがアメリカ国歌の生まれたところと言えるのだそう。 建物内で観ることができる短編ムービーは必見。アメリカ人の愛国心を間近に感じることができます。要塞内の数個の小屋の中でも興味深い資料の数々を目にすることができます。お土産屋... more »It is said that it was exposed to a violent attack by the British army in the U.S.-British war which broke out after the United States became independent for a while. It is said that it is the lyricist of the American national anthem to have seen the state of the attack at sea due to various circumstances. In a word, it seems to be able to be said that this is the place where the American national anthem was born. A short movie that can be seen in the building is a must-see. You can feel the patriotism of Americans up close. You can see some interesting materials among the few huts in the fortress. Although the batch of stars and stripes purchased at a souvenir shop is affordable, there is a little rare feeling (the number of stars is 15 and the number of stripes is 8 as well as during the British-American war), I think that it is recommended as a present for people living in the United States.
I went here with my wife, in-laws, and 3 kids under 8 years old. I really enjoyed learning the history of the fort. They had a few people in 1812 attire who were doing live demonstrations of life on base. Most of the original buildings have been maintained very well, and you can walk through them. Each building you can walk through has descriptions of what it was used for, and a biography of some of the more famous people who lived there. There is a short movie in the visitor center that describes how Francis Scott Key came to be on a British Navy ship during their assault on the fort. Then he witnessed something that inspired the writing of the Star Spangled Banner. Highly recommend a visit if you are in the area. We spent about 2.5 hours walking around and talking to the park staff.
Very cool place to visit. Lots of walking! Always watch the movies before going out into the fort!! So uplifting to see people standing and hands are on hearts or saluting the flag, when they finish the film with our wonderful national anthem!!!! The flag talk was really cool! Loved the musket demonstration and the fife and drum demo! More fun to go and see when this stuff is going on!!
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