Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
— War of 1812 —
Moved by what he had experienced two days earlier, Key used his time here to complete four stanzas for what would become American’s national anthem. First Printing-Key’s manuscript first appeared as a handbill September 17. Since newspapers were suspended while pressmen helped defend the city, a teenaged apprentice set the type. The Baltimore Patriot was the first newspaper to publish Key’s lyrics when it resumed operation September 20.
(Inscription beside the manuscript photo on the right)
Key’s handwritten text for the “Star-Spangled Banner” is at the Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore. Image/Courtesy Maryland Historical Society.
“…the song, written the night after we got back to Baltimore, in the hotel…at the corner of Hanover and Market streets, was…a versified and almost literal transcript of our…hopes and apprehensions.”
Eyewitness John Stuart Skinner
Erected by National Park Service-United States Department of the Interior.
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • War of 1812. In addition, it is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail series list.
Location. 39° 17.352′ N, 76° 36.984′ W. Marker is in Downtown Baltimore in Baltimore, Maryland. Memorial is on Hopkins Plaza-West Baltimore Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Baltimore College of Dental Surgery (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Building a City and a Nation: At the Crossroads (about 400 feet away); Mayor Thomas D'Alesandro, Jr. (about 700 feet away); Nancy D'Alesandro Pelosi (about 700 feet away); Charles Center & One Charles Center (about 700 feet away); To Commemorate the Inauguration of a Chemical Industry in America (about 800 feet away); Baltimore Gas and Electric Company Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cecilius Calvert (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Downtown Baltimore.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 23, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 825 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 23, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 17, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.