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Historic Sites in Maryland

Ft. McHenry to Historic Downtown Frederick

Fort McHenry

Ft. McHenry

Maryland State House

Maryland State House

Frederick Maryland

Historic Frederick

A staple of historic America, Maryland is known as the Free State, Little America, and America in Miniature. As the seventh state to ratify the union – all the way back in 1788 – it's safe to say Maryland is home more than its fair share of historical sites.

The most famed of Maryland’s historic sites is Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine – the birthplace of the Star-Spangled Banner.

The country’s American National Anthem, the Star Spangled Banner was written by Francis Scott Key during the War of 1812 at the famed Inner Harbor of Baltimore. Fort McHenry is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the summer – and features an orientation film in the visitor center.

For more Maryland history, head to the capital city of Annapolis for the Maryland State House – finished in 1772. A National Historic Landmark since 1960, the State House is available for tours daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. – and be sure to grab some information from Office of Interpretation on the first floor.

More history awaits in Annapolis. For the military history fan, visit the United States Naval Academy – a federal military academy established in 1845. Visitors may tour the grounds daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. after stopping by the Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center.

Closer to the DC Region of Maryland, make your way into the city of Rockville. Once there, explore two of the most iconic and historic landmarks in the state. Fans of American literature will certainly want to visit the F. Scott Fitzgerald Burial Site at the St. Mary's Parish Cemetery. Continue your exploration of historic Rockville and plan a tour of the Beall-Dawson House, just off I-270 on West Montgomery Avenue. Appreciate the Federal Style architecture, and be sure to visit the Stonestreet Museum of 19th Century Medicine within the Beall-Dawson House.

Visiting northern Maryland? Try historic Hagerstown City Park in, you guessed it, Hagerstown. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this public park was established in 1916, and features walking trails, playgrounds, and attractions like the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts and the annual Western Maryland Blues Fest.

Just southeast of Hagerstown you’ll find Historic Downtown Frederick – known as Frederick Town when it was first established in 1745. Frederick’s historic downtown is home to historic churches and structures, plus the National Museum of Civil War Medicine and the home of Barbara Fritchie.


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Best Western Annapolis

2520 Riva Road, Annapolis MD 21401-1405
Phone: +1 410-224-2800  |  Fax: (410) 266-5539  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Plus Hotel & Conference Center

5625 O'Donnell Street, Baltimore MD 21224-4630
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Best Western Historic Frederick

420 Prospect Boulevard, Frederick MD 21701-6400
Phone: +1 301-695-6200  |  Fax: (301) 695-7895  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Plus Rockville Hotel & Suites

1251 W Montgomery Avenue, Rockville MD 20850-3133
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