DECEMBER 2003 Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave!
By Melissa Arnold
Enjoy these patriotic sites in Baltimore, where you will find a wealth of history and tradition!
BALTIMORE CIVIL WAR MUSEUM 601 President Street
http://www.mdhs.org/explore/baltcivilwar.html Built in 1849, President Street Station was an underground railroad site and played a pivotal roll in the Pratt Street Riot (first deaths of civil war.) The museum tells these stories. Located near Marriott Waterfront Hotel on east edge of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.
BALTIMORE MARITIME MUSEUM
802 S. Caroline Street
http://www.baltomaritimemuseum.org/ Tour USS Torsk, last victorious WWII submarine, USCGC Taney, last Pearl Harbor survivor afloat and Lightship Chesapeake, guiding mariners safely, 7-foot Knoll Lighthouse which marked the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay for 33 years.
FORT McHENRY NATIONAL MONUMENT
2400 E. Fort Avenue
http://www.nps.gov/fomc/ National Monument and Historic Shrine and a “must see”. Regardless of the “rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air” the defenders of Fort McHenry stopped the British advance on Baltimore and helped to preserve the United States of America in 1814 and inspired the writing of “The Star Spangled Banner”.
HAMPTON NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE 535 Hampton Lane
http://www.nps.gov/hamp/home.htm Hampton National Historic Site offers a variety of programs that take you through a Georgian mansion, landscaped grounds and gardens, and/or a remarkable collection of outbuildings, including original slave quarters, barns and farmhouse.
HOMEWOOD HOUSE MUSEUM
3400 N. Charles Street
http://www.jhu.edu/~hwdhouse/homewood.html This elegant federal mansion built in 1801 and now a National Historic Landmark, has been carefully restored to the early 19th century residence of the Charles Carroll, Jr. family. Superb architecture and decorative arts including family furnishings. Open Tuesday - Sunday.
MARYLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM
201 W. Monument Street
http://www.mdhs.org Home of Francis Scott Key's original Star Spangled Banner manuscript, the largest collections of Peale family paintings and 19th-century American silver. The Museum boasts one of the East Coast's finest decorative arts collections.
MOUNT CLARE MUSEUM HOUSE
1500 Washington Boulevard, Carroll Park
This 1760 Georgian mansion houses a collection of approximately 1,000 rare 18th and 19th century objects, many of which belonged to the builder, Charles Carroll Barrister, and his heirs. It is the oldest mansion in Baltimore City.
NATIONAL HISTORIC SEAPORT OF BALTIMORE
802 S. Caroline Street
http://www.natlhistoricseaport.org The Seaport is a passage through history, enabling visitors to explore Baltimore's 300 year old maritime heritage with one admission. The Seaport passcard includes water transportation and admission to historic ships and sites.
PROJECT LIBERTY SHIP (S.S. John W. Brown)
Pier One, 2000 block of South Clinton Street
http://www.liberty-ship.com One of only two remaining fully operational Liberty ships preserved in the US. WWII Liberty Ship S.S. John W. Brown is a living memorial museum. Open to all for tours, exhibits and social functions.
STAR-SPANGLED BANNER FLAG HOUSE &
844 E. Pratt Street
http://www.flaghouse.org/ Visit the 1793 home of Mary Pickersgill, where she made the 30' x 42' Star-Spangled Banner which flew over Ft. McHenry and inspired Francis Scott Key to write the words to our national anthem.
USS CONSTELLATION Pier 1
301 E. Pratt Street
http://www.constellation.org 1400 ton, 179 foot sailing sloop, built in 1854, is the only surviving Civil War era naval vessel and all-sail warship built by the Navy. On-going events, re-enactment's and tours.
WESTMINSTER HALL & BURYING GROUND
500 W. Baltimore Street
Baltimore MD, 21201
A restored historic church featuring stained glass windows, 1882 pipe organ, cathedral ceilings, and raised balconies. Surrounded by one of Baltimore's oldest cemeteries, with the gravesite of Edgar Allan Poe. Located at Fayette and Greene.