5801 Baltimore National Pike
Catonsville, MD 21228
Phone: (410) 744-5000
Fax: (410) 788-5197
Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
May to Sep - Mo to Su from 09:00 AM to 06:00 PMThe sight of the American flag flying over Fort McHenry inspired Francis Scott Key to pen the 'Star Spangled Banner'. The fort is best known for the part it played during the War of 1812, successfully holding off an attack by the British Navy. When Scott Key saw the flag still flying over the fort after surviving the attack, he wrote the poem that became the national anthem. Today, the fort is a historic National Park. The restored barracks hold exhibits of military and historical artifacts and a well-kept trail runs along the water's edge, affording spectacular views of ships entering and leaving the busy harbor.