The National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Office collaborated with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to mark the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail on the water, on the web, and with a telephone call to NOAA’s Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System (CBIBS).
This year, the nation begins commemorations of the bicentennial of the War of 1812. The Chesapeake Bay was a significant theater during the war. Many skirmishes and battles on the Chesapeake Bay took place near CBIBS buoy locations. To highlight this history, the NPS Chesapeake Bay office partnered with NOAA to record Chesapeake stories for eight of the ten CBIBS buoys. The voice behind the audio is Victor Markland, of Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore.
To hear or read this information, click to a buoy's individual page on www.buoybay.noaa.gov, then click on the "information" tab. Audio and text are available next to "History: War of 1812." The audio is also available via toll-free 877-BUOY-BAY in the "geographic information" slot for each of the relevant buoys.
NPS and NOAA began their interpretive buoy partnership several years ago to mark the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. All ten buoys interpret the adventures associated with Captain John Smith’s voyages around the Chesapeake.
Another innovative tool combining recreation with education on the trail, the Star-Spangled Geotrail, has attracted thousands of visitors to partner sites along the trail since its debut. By mid-June, many additional interpretive pieces will mark the trail: 25 orientation kiosks and highway markers, a new website, a pocket guide to the trail, a history and travel book, a Junior Ranger program, and a youth engagement program of trail stewards.