Tag: Fort McHenry

Fee-Free Day at Fort McHenry

Join us for the second fee-free day of the year as the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation kick off the first day of National Park Week! National Park Week is a time to explore new places or reconnect with your favorite park. As part of the celebration, entrance fees to parks across the country will be free! Visit Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine and learn more about the War of 1812, attend a program about the writing of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner,’ walk the scenic grounds, or assist a park ranger in changing the morning or evening flag!

We’ll also be celebrating National Junior Ranger Day! Kids of all ages are invited to learn, explore, and earn their very own Junior Ranger badge as they become the next generation of stewards of America’s national parks.

For more information please call 410-962-4290.

Tour dem Ramparts, Huzzah! Baltimore 1814 by Bike

Join Baltimore Heritage and the Friends of Maryland’s Olmsted Parks and Landscapes as we ride with Tour dem Parks, Hon! for a great bike tous on the rich history of Baltimore parks this spring. This guided tour is free but riders are required to register and pay for Tour dem Parks Hon! in advance.

Tour dem Ramparts, Huzzah! Baltimore 1814 by Bike (8:15am)

To RSVP for this ride, first register for the 25-mile Tour on the Tour dem Parks webpage and then register for the free guided tour here. The tour group will meet at Carroll Park at 8:15am sharp!. Best for experienced cyclists – expect a moderate pace and occasional stops.

Imagine the ramparts and bastions! Listen for the sounds of bombs bursting over the rushing stream of the Jones’ Falls as we ride and share stories of Baltimore in 1814 from Carroll Park to Hampstead Hill. Of course, we’ll also be sure to share how Frederick Law Olmsted and the Olmsted Brothers helped to transform these former fortifications into the beautiful public parks we still know and love today.

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RSVP above to join a tour but don’t forget to register for Tour dem Parks before April 30. Registration is $40 for adults or $25 for young riders 15 and under. Proceeds support local non-profit environmental advocacy and cycling organizations.

Defender’s Day Run & Ride! Two fun and athletic tours to remember the War of 1812 in September

Fort McHenry Bombardment, 1814When Francis Scott Key witnessed the bombardment of Fort McHenry as a captive aboard a British ship, he was one of thousands of Baltimoreans who waited anxiously through the night uncertain if the city would fall before the British attack. Baltimore’s endurance through the battle is remembered still today in the Star-Spangled Banner and in Maryland’s annual observance of Defender’s Day.

On our second annual Baltimore by Bike Defender’s Day Ride and our first ever heritage running tour, we’ll explore the people and places of Baltimore touched by that night in 1814. Enslaved men worked on the massive fortifications that still stand in today’s Patterson Park. Recently arrived German immigrants heard the warning bells ring out from Old Otterbein Church on the news of the British approach. An enterprising seamstress on Pratt Street sewed the famous flag that became our nation’s Star-Spangled Banner. Follow us beyond the ramparts of Fort McHenry and join our Defender’s Day Ride & Run past the landmarks that tell the story of how the city lived and fought through the Battle of Baltimore and the War of 1812.

Defender’s Day Ride!

Sunday, September 8, 2013 9:00 am to 11:30 am
Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine
2400 East Fort Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21230
Register – $10 for members, $15 for non-members

Love to learn history on two wheels? Ride along with local scholar and cyclist Dr. Kate Drabinksi on our 10-mile route of quiet streets and mixed-used paths from Fort McHenry to Hampstead Hill in Patterson Park and back again

Defender’s Day Run!

Sunday, September 8, 2013 9:00 am to 10:30 am
Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine
2400 East Fort Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21230
Register – $10 for members, $15 for non-members 

Update: The Defender’s Day Run has been cancelled! If you are interested in learning more about future heritage running tours, please contact Eli Pousson at pousson@baltimoreheritage.org.

At a moderate pace of a 10 minute mile, our guide Dustin Meeker will take us around Baltimore’s once fortified harbor up to the Battle Monument and back to Fort McHenry on an energetic 10K tour. Dustin is doubly prepared for the task as a former ranger at Fort McHenry and a competitive distance runner.