Please join Mary Pickersgill (reenactor) as she tells us
about her creating the flag that flew over Fort McHenry which inspired the writing of our National Anthem.
We’ll also honor our flag with a traditional ceremony, aided by special guests from the Tamanend Gold’n’Blues Choir and Boy Scout Troop 5.
Tours of the house are available after the ceremony until 4 pm.
"Its long journey from obscurity began on a blazing July day in 1813, when Mary Pickersgill, a hardworking widow known as one of the best flag makers in Baltimore, received a rush order from Maj. George Armistead. Newly installed as commander of Fort McHenry, the 33-year-old officer wanted an enormous banner, 30 by 42 feet, to be flown over the federal garrison guarding the entrance to Baltimore's waterfront..."
To read more about Mary Pickersgill, the fascinating history of the Star-Spangled Banner, and the conservation efforts to preserve it, click: