In Full Glory
Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
— War of 1812 —
Quirk of History
-Both the original Star-Spangled Banner flag and manuscript spent time in residences on West Monument Street. Major George Armistead’s heirs retained the flag, heirs of Judge Joseph Nicholson (Key’s brother-in-law) retained the manuscript—each in family ownership for 93 years
“Just a look at his manuscript should make better Americans of all who behold it. May it ever be a reminder of the heroism and patriotism of the defenders of Fort McHenry in 1814.”
Mayor Thomas D’Alesandro at the rededication of Key’s manuscript, Maryland Historical Society, September 14 1954.
(Inscription below the painting on the left)
(Inscription below the photo in the upper center)
“Old Defenders of the Battle of Baltimore,” gathering in 1876 for the nation’s centennial. Image/Courtesy Maryland Historical Society Founded in 1844, the Maryland Historical Society displays artifacts and documents acquired from War of 1812 veterans.
(Inscription beside the photo on the right)
Maryland Historical Society holds the earliest known manuscript for what became the national anthem of the United States, written by Francis Scott Key in 1814. Image/Courtesy Maryland Historical Society.
Erected by National Park Service-United States Department of the Interior.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War of 1812. In addition, it is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail series list.
Location. 39° 17.84′ N, 76° 37.122′ W. Marker is in the Bromo Arts District in Baltimore, Maryland. The marker is located at the corner of the building of the Maryland Historical Society. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 201 West Monument Street, Baltimore MD 21201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 22, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 687 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 22, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.