Baltimore Getaway

Baltimore, Maryland

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Baltimore evolved from early settlements at Jones Falls, now downtown, and Fells Point, an eighteenth-century shipbuilding center. Baltimore was an important port that produced many ships for the Continental navy during the Revolution. Privateers (privately owned armed warships) also used Baltimore for a base as they sailed out to demolish the British. During the War of 1812, the privateers again harassed the British and, in fact, seized 500 British merchant ships. The British were furious at these losses and became determined to destroy Baltimore. On the water the British began bombarding Fort McHenry for a period of twenty-five hours. Their 1,500 exploding shells did no essential damage to the fort, and eventually the British withdrew back to North Point. They sailed away in defeat, and Baltimore was saved. Francis Scott Key was on board a small ship just out of range of action but in full view of the fireworks. He wrote “The Star-Spangled Banner” on the back of a letter he had in his pocket, and it was published the next day. It became our national anthem in 1931. This eTrail has everything you need to plan a travel experience in Baltimore and includes details on Fort McHenry, Inner Harbor, Fells Point, West Baltimore, and Mount Vernon Place.
Daytrips and Getaway Weekends in the Mid-Atlantic States

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Daytrips and Getaway Weekends in the Mid-Atlantic States

by Patricia and Robert Foulke (The Globe Pequot Press)

Baltimore evolved from early settlements at Jones Falls, now downtown, and Fells Point, an eighteenth-century shipbuilding center. Baltimore was an important port that produced many ships for the Continental navy during the Revolution. Privateers (privately owned armed warships) also used Baltimore for a base as they sailed out to demolish the British. During the War of 1812, the privateers again harassed the British and, in fact, seized 500 British merchant ships. The British were furious at these losses and became determined to destroy Baltimore.

On the water the British began bombarding Fort McHenry for a period of twenty-five hours. Their 1,500 exploding shells did no essential damage to the fort, and eventually the British withdrew back to North Point. They sailed away in defeat, and Baltimore was saved. Francis Scott Key was on board a small ship just out of range of action but in full view of the fireworks. He wrote “The Star-Spangled Banner” on the back of a letter he had in his pocket, and it was published the next day. It became our national anthem in 1931. This eTrail has everything you need to plan a travel experience in Baltimore and includes details on Fort McHenry, Inner Harbor, Fells Point, West Baltimore, and Mount Vernon Place.

©  Patricia and Robert Foulke/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Baltimore
Duration: One day to several days
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Contact information for attractions, dining, and lodging are provided in the eTrail
Driving Directions: Directions to Baltimore Getaway

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Apr 2018