15 Must-Visit Places For History Buffs
One of the 13 original colonies, “The Free State” is a hub for history lovers. With living-history colonial towns, National Shrines, the home of The Star-Spangled Banner, and the birthplaces of some of the nation’s most important civil rights leaders, Maryland is home to a wealth of historic sites and museums.
1 Salute the Flag at Fort McHenry, Baltimore
This beautiful brick fortress stands sentry at the mouth of Baltimore Harbor and today, as a National Historic Shrine, it preserves our history. In 1814, its battle-flag inspired Francis Scott Key to pen The Star-Spangled Banner. During the Civil War, the fort served as a union hospital and, later, Fort McHenry was the second biggest point of entry for European immigrants.
2 Walk the halls of history at the Maryland State House, Annapolis
Once the capital of the United States, it was here that the Continental Congress signed the Treaty of Paris ending the Revolutionary War. Later, General George Washington stepped down as Commander in Chief of the Continental Army. Today, you can admire this beautiful old building on its hill in the heart of Annapolis, which remains the home of Maryland Government.
3 Experience Colonial Maryland at Historic St. Mary’s City, St. Mary’s County
Founded in 1634, today living historians keep the streets, fields and ships of Maryland’s first capital alive. Tour the working 1600s plantation, experience the reconstructed state house, and walk the decks of the Dove, a reconstructed sailing ship that brought the first colonists to Maryland.
4 Ride the rails at the B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore
Step beyond the Monopoly board and feel the power of old steam engines at the birthplace of American rail. Often called the most important railroad museum in the world, tour its beautiful roundhouse and ride genuine historic trains.