The National Park Service Chesapeake Bay will co-host a series of workshops in early November and encourages public involvement. At these workshops, the National Park Service (NPS) and its partners in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia will provide updates on trail planning. NPS encourages the public to attend and participate.
The National Park Service and its state and local partners seek extensive public involvement to help guide the development of this new national historic trail. The public can use this opportunity to share ideas about trail resources, the trail route, and significant landscapes as well as how the trail should be managed.
“Public participation at this stage of trail planning is vital,” said John Maounis, the trail’s superintendent. “What we hear at these workshops helps us and our partners develop a trail that is meaningful to residents and tourists alike.”
Through sites and landscapes, the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail will tell the stories of the events, people, and places that led to the birth of our National Anthem. The trail commemorates and connects five land and water routes that retrace the movements of the British and Americans during the 1814 Chesapeake Campaign of the War of 1812. The routes traverse the Chesapeake Bay, Potomac, Patuxent and Patapsco Rivers, and follow land routes from the upper Patuxent River to Bladensburg and the District of Columbia, and from North Point to Baltimore. The exact locations of each route will be determined during the management planning process.