Historic Landmarks in Baltimore

Baltimore, the largest city in Maryland, sits along the Chesapeake Bay. Established in 1729, it has a rich history, with many sites surving from the American Revolution, War of 1812, and Civil War periods. Below are just a few of Baltimore’s historic landmarks:

Fort McHenry. Located a short boat ride from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, Fort McHenry is best known for its role in the War of 1812 when it successfully defended Baltimore Harbor from British attack. During this battle, the composer Francis Scott Key penned the song at this star-shaped fortress that would become America’s national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner.” Visitors today can tour the ramparts daily from 9am to 5pm, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. There is a modest entrance fee for adults. Children under 15 years old are free.

Carroll Mansion. The Carroll Mansion, located in Baltimore’s historic Jonestown neighborhood, was built in 1811 as the home of youngest daughter of Charles Carroll, the last surviving (and only Roman Catholic) signer of the “Declaration of Independence.” The three-story, red brick mansion is an excellent example of early 19th century Federalist architecture. Today, the house has been restored and is filled with period art and antiques and is open to the public year-round, Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 4pm. Discounts are offered to seniors, military, students, and children.

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USS Constellation was the last sailing ship built by the US Navy

USS Constellation. The USS Constellation, permanently docked adjacent to the National Aquarium at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, is the last existing example of a Civil War era US Naval ship. The 186-foot Sloop-of-War was completed in 1854 and enjoyed 100 years of service to the United States Navy, fight the slave trade before and during the Civil War, running famine relief to Ireland after the war, and as a ceremonial ship at the Paris exposition of 1900. Today, visitors can take a guided of tour the ship and learn about its many adventures. The USS Constellation is open daily, year-round from 10:30am.