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Love visiting historic homes, monuments, cemeteries, or forts? Explore American culture at the time of the War of 1812 at these places along the Star-Spangled Banner Trail 

Historic Homes

Learn about how people in all levels of society lived during wartime when you visit Dumbarton House, Octagon House, Tudor Place, The White House, Riversdale House Museum, The Mount Welby Plantation at Oxon Cove Park, Mount Calvert Historical and Archaeological Park, and Sotterley Plantation.


The Chesapeake region hosts some of the oldest commemorative sites in the country, many of which were created during the period of elevated patriotism that followed the War of 1812. Find some time for quiet reflection in the shadow of the Battle Monument in downtown Baltimore, Aquila Randall Monument, Tripoli Monument in Annapolis, Caulk’s Field Monument, or the various monuments that are part of Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine or Patterson Park.


Military and maritime museums alike have artifacts on display from the War of 1812. Explore the United State Naval Academy and Museum in Annapolis, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michael's, Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons, or the National Museum of American History and National Museum of the US Navy in Washington, DC to learn more.


Visit some of the more than 100 cemeteries in the Chesapeake region that contain graves from the War of 1812. Those containing headstones associated with some of the more interesting anecdotes or personalities include Green Mount Cemetery in Baltimore, Congressional Cemetery in Washington, DC, St. Thomas’ Episcopal Parish in Croom, Trinity Episcopal Church in Upper Marlboro, and Christ Episcopal Church in Chaptico.


Fort McHenry, Fort Washington, and Fort Monroe all have Civil War-era features, but they also played a role in the events and outcomes of the War of 1812. 

Batteries and Earthworks

Discover the remnants of War of 1812 defenses at Historic Elk Landing, near Georgetown on the Sassafras River, or at Rodger’s Bastion in Patterson Park.

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