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Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine July 4 Tall Ship Tours

Image Courtesy of Pride of Baltimore, Inc.

Image Courtesy of Pride of Baltimore, Inc.

Pride of Baltimore II, a replica armed schooner from the War of 1812 will be docked at Fort McHenry during the July 4th weekend. Learn how Baltimore’s armed schooners wreaked havoc on British merchant ships during the War of 1812 resulting in the 1814 Battle of Baltimore.

Free deck tours led by expert sailors from the crew will give insight into 19-Century maritime life and what it takes to sail Pride II today.

Pride II will be making various ports-of-call around the Chesapeake Bay this year – but this weekend you get a “Two for one” deal by seeing Pride II and Fort McHenry.

Hours for free deck tours:
July 4 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
July 6 9:00 a.m. – 1:00
July 5 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 4:30 -5:30 p.m.

On July 5th arrive at 4:30 and tour Pride II and then walk up to the fort for the military tattoo ceremony starting at 6:00 p.m. This Free ceremony will feature the U.S. Army Fife and Drum Corps, Continental Color Guard and U.S. Army Drill Team.

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The Forgotten Conflict: The War of 1812

‘The Press-Gang’
Luke Clennell (1781-1840)

Mid Atlantic travelers who focus on Civil War events at major National Parks are missing out on the opportunity to learn more about another conflict which shaped the nation; The War of 1812.

In the 32-month long War of 1812, the United States took on the greatest naval power in the world, Great Britain. The United States suffered many costly defeats at the hands of British, Canadian and Native American troops over the course of the War of 1812, including the capture and burning of the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., in August 1814.

On Sunday, February 23 at 3:00 p.m. in the new auditorium at the College of Southern Maryland Prince Frederick Campus, historian Dr. Sidney Hart will present The War of 1812 through the lens of Portraiture and Images. Dr. Hart is the Senior Historian at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and co-editor of the Peale Family Papers, “The Selected Papers of Charles Wilson Peale and His Family, 5 volumes.” He recently curated the National Portrait Gallery exhibit“1812: A Nation Emerges” and co-authored the exhibit’s catalogue of the same title.

This lecture is part of the War of 1812: A Legacy of Division series which offers a wide range of perspectives on this “forgotten conflict.” The series is presented in celebration of the War of 1812 Bicentennial by Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum, in partnership with the Calvert Marine Museum and College of Southern Maryland.

Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum, a state museum of archaeology and home to the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory, is a program of the Maryland Historical Trust, a division of the Maryland Department of Planning. It is located on 560 scenic acres along the Patuxent River and the St. Leonard Creek in St. Leonard, Calvert County, Maryland.

For more information on the series visit: or