“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Elkton in Cecil County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

"O! say can you see..."

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

"O! say can you see..." Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Pfingsten, May 17, 2014
1. "O! say can you see..." Marker
The Star-Spangled Banner
National Historic Trail traces the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake. Along the trail you'll encounter tangible evidence of the war and stories that bring the people and events to life. Discover the far-reaching impacts of the war on this country and the world.

Experience the Trail
• Drive through rural landscapes and historic communities
• Paddle or cruise waterways where British and American troops once traveled
• Witness battles at reenactment events
• View the original Star-Spangled Banner flag and visit the house where it was made
• Hike or bike trails with stops at historic sites and scenic overlooks
• Join in commemorative events throughout the region.

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
After a 25-hour bombardment, soldiers at Fort McHenry raised a large American flag early on September 14, 1814. That flag, signaling British retreat, inspired Francis Scott Key to pen the words that became America's national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner.

[Map of battle areas in the Chesapeake Bay region]
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listed in this topic list: War of 1812. In addition, it is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail series list. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1812.
Location. 39° 36.471′ N, 75° 49.782′ W. Marker is in Elkton, Maryland, in Cecil County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Main Street and North Street (Maryland Route 268), on the left when traveling east. This marker is part of a 3-sided structure (War in the Chesapeake; Fighting Back; "O! say can you see..."), with War in the Chesapeake being the one visible to traveler on Main Street, and we move clockwise to reach the subject marker. The marker is at NE corner of the intersection. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Elkton MD 21921, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fighting Back (here, next to this marker); War in the Chesapeake (here, next to this marker); Elkton (a few steps from this marker); Michael Rudulph (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Elkton, Wedding Capital of the East (about 400 feet away); Mitchell House (about 500 feet away); “Partridge Hill” (about 500 feet away); Cecil County Doughboy Monument (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Elkton.
Elkton Town Hall image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Pfingsten, June 29, 2007
2. Elkton Town Hall
Credits. This page was last revised on August 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 19, 2014, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 637 times since then and 7 times this year. Last updated on August 3, 2020, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 19, 2014, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.

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May. 30, 2023