Sunday, March 4, 2012

Sugar, Science and The Star Spangled Banner

Ft. McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine sits on Locus Point, a peninsula looking out at the entrance to Baltimore's harbor.  During the War of 1812 British forces sacked Washington, D.C. to the south and attempted to take Baltimore.  

Ft. McHenry

A building inside Ft. McHenry
As you look out from Ft. McHenry into the mouth of the harbor you can see it was at this choke point British ships blockaded the harbor and a battle between their ships and the fort ensued.  In 1814 Francis Scott Key was being held prisoner on one of the British ships during the battle.  In the morning he was able to see the American flag was still flying over the fort and penned our national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner.   The original flag is enormous and is on display at the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.  

A carving on an old table inside one of the garrison buildings, nothing more. 
The view from on top of Baltimore's World Trade Center, looking out over the inner harbor and Ft. McHenry, to the mouth of the harbor and Chesapeake Bay beyond. . 

The view of the Baltimore's inner harbor and the World Trade Center as seen from Federal Hill (below).  It's one of the best views in the city (and there are many "best" views), and the cost: $00! 

The Maryland Science Center was voted one of the Top Ten science museums for kids in the United States.  All I know is my kids loved it!  We spent over three hours inside and put "hands on" everything.  When my teenager said "That was epic, Dad!", I know it was a great museum. 

A few pictures from inside the Maryland Science Center. 

This iconic sign and factory are part of the Baltimore harbor skyline.  I don't know if it is still a processing plant for Domino Sugars, but it makes for a very cool picture!  


  1. Really would love to visit Baltimore. The crabcakes alone should be a good enough reason:)

  2. I can, and do, recommend Baltimore. Like any big city, it has layers to be peeled back. Many of the locals even have their own accent, pronouncing do as "duu" or two as "tuu" for example. I have never heard it any place else. You don't get it in New York (they have their own) and you don't get it in Washington, D.C. Baltimore has it's own feel and vibe. When I was there the other day the inner harbor was bustling, but maybe three or four tourists were up in the World Trade Center observation floor. It is $5 well spent and a great starting point to orient yourself to the city.