Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Site Great for Music History and Revolutionary War Buffs|
By Karen Midkiff
“Oh, say can you see?” Francis Scott Key composed the national anthem while watching the British attack Fort McHenry in 1814.
Have you visited a National Park recently? The Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Site, located in Baltimore, MD provides a glimpse of the early 1800s. Authorized in 1939, it had 620,000 visitors last year.
Other fun facts:
- See Francis Scott Key’s draft poem, which became the national anthem, on display.
- See the daily life of a soldier during the War of 1812 by touring the barracks, officer quarters, parade ground and powder magazine.
- A model of the fort for the visually impaired stands outside the visitor center.
- The only National Park unit classified as a National Monument & Historic Site.
If you want once-in-a-lifetime adventures, enjoy learning about U.S. history, and seeing amazing sights, the National Parks will provide experiences you’ll always remember.
And if you’re one of the more than 125,000 people who collect National Park cancellation stamps, like I do, you’ll find Fort McHenry in Baltimore, MD a joy to discover while zigzagging across the United States on your giant scavenger hunt. More about the stamps in a minute.
No other country has anything that even comes close to the U.S. National Park System. It ranks as one of America’s most magnificent achievements. While other countries have preserved lands, the U.S. National Park System is a core part of America’s identity. The National Parks logged 275 million visitors last year. By comparison, that’s over three times greater than the number of passengers traveling through the world’s busiest airport in Atlanta in 2005.
Just 40 miles northeast of Washington, DC, 100 miles southwest of Philadelphia, and 190 miles southwest of New York City, Fort McHenry offers a fun-filled visit and a trip back in time.
Now, back to those cancellation stamps.
They resemble the post office’s cancellation stamp you see on the mail in your mailbox. Not all parks have cancellation stamps and some parks have several unique cancellation stamps scattered across a variety of park locations, such as visitor centers, entrance gates, and ranger huts.
In most cases, you can apply the stamp yourself, although in some parks the rangers will apply the stamp for you.
You can get in on the fun, too, by visiting the more than 460 national parks, seashores, lakeshores, recreation areas, historic sites, battlefields, memorials, monuments, trails, preserves, reserves, scenic rivers, parkways and heritage areas across the United States.
Karen Midkiff's Got the Stamp? book series provides quick and easy instructions for collecting the most cancellation stamps in the shortest amount of time. The series includes nine National Park U.S. regional guides (Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, National Capital, North Atlantic, Pacific Northwest & Alaska, Southeast, Southwest, Rocky Mountain, and Western) and select individual state guides.
The National Park Mid-Atlantic, National Capital, North Atlantic and Florida guides are available at http://www.gotthestamp.com. Contact Karen at http://www.gotthestamp.com/
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