Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

On the night of September 13 to 14, 1814, during the War of 1812, a young lawyer from Baltimore, Francis Scott Key, watched the British bombardment of Fort McHenry in Baltimore's harbor. When the sun rose, he saw that an American flag still flew proudly over the fort. He was inspired to write a poem entitled "Defence of Fort M'Henry," which, in time, became the words of America's national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner." The fort remained in full service through World War I and then was named a national monument and historic shrine in 1939. 

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Things To Do Near Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

Fort McHenry National Monument is the inspiration for our national anthem and a crucial part of national defense in the early days of our country. If you like history, the fort is the gateway to Baltimore, one of America's most historic cities. RVers love the easy access from Interstate 95 for quick day trips.

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How To Get To Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

The easiest way to get to Fort McHenry is from Interstate 95. From north or south, take exit 55 (Key Highway). At the third light on Key Highway, turn left onto Lawrence Street. Turn left at the next light onto Fort Avenue, which will bring you to the fort.


2400 East Fort Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21230

Fee: Entry fee (ages 16+) $0

Although it's not the same flag, the Stars and Stripes that gallantly streams over Fort McHenry National Monument's ramparts would be recognized by Francis Scott Key. His heartfelt words became the essence of America's identity. An RV trip is a great way to explore a site that has literally inspired millions to sing.