Near Colonial Beach in Westmoreland County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
“O! say can you see…”
Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
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 15-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.
Erected 2015 by National
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War of 1812.
Location. 38° 10.985′ N, 76° 55.084′ W. Marker is near Colonial Beach, Virginia, in Westmoreland County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Popes Creek Road and Bridges Creek Road. The marker is attached to the exterior wall of the George Washington Birthplace National Monument Visitor Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1732 Popes Creek Road, Colonial Beach VA 22443, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. War in the Chesapeake (here, next to this marker); Free to Fight (here, next to this marker); Explore a trail network (a few steps from this marker); The Historic Area (within shouting distance of this marker); Popes Creek Plantation (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Memorial Area (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dairy (approx. 0.2 miles away); Artery of Commerce (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Colonial Beach.
Also see . . .
1. Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail. Fort McHenry National Monument and Shrine (Submitted on August 22, 2016.)
2. Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail. National Park Service (Submitted on August 22, 2016.)
3. George Washington Birthplace National Monument(Submitted on August 22, 2016.)
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