O! Say Can You See?  . . . The War of 1812 in the Chesapeake

For three years the young United States was embroiled in the War of 1812 and the Chesapeake Bay region felt the brunt of it, choked by shipping blockades and ravaged by enemy raids. Through sites and landscapes in Virginia, the District of Columbia, and throughout Maryland, the Trail tells the stories of the events, people, and places that led to the birth of our National Anthem.

Explore the Trail

Explore the Trail

Learn more about the history of the trail, War of 1812 on the Chesapeake, and the writing of the National Anthem.

Explore the Trail Virtually

Explore the Trail Virtually

"Visit" the Trail and its partner sites from home.

The Star-Spangled Banner

The Star-Spangled Banner

Learn the history behind the creation of the flag and song known as the "Star-Spangled Banner."

For Kids

For Kids

Earn your Star-Spangled Banner Trail Junior Ranger badge and more!

Last updated: May 19, 2020

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2400 East Fort Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21230

Phone:

410.962.4290 x104

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