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Philadelphia may pride themselves on being home to Betsy Ross, but Baltimore has their own flag maker. Baltimore native Mary Pickersgill’s flag not only flew over Fort McHenry in one of the most important battles in the War of 1812, but her 15 stars and 15 stripe creation inspired the penning of our National Anthem.

Little Italy is the proud home of The Star Spangled Banner House and Museum. In the early days of the War of 1812, General George Armistead asked Ms. Pickersgill, a master military flag maker, to create a flag so large that the British could see it flying high when they approached the Fort up the Chesapeake Bay. Ms. Pickersgill, along with her family, started sewing in their tiny row house, built in 1793. The flag became so large that she later had to finish in the basement of the neighboring brewery. Today, the home-turned-museum grants a unique look into how such the large and iconic flag, 30 by 42 feet, was no easy feat in such a small home.Mary Pickersgill

Although the actual flag hangs in preservation at the Smithsonian in Washington DC, there’s a lot to explore throughout the Flag House. When entering the Pickersgill home, visitors meet Mary and her family in an interactive experience as they make their way through the family heirlooms that fill the rooms, transporting visitors back in time. In the museum next door, visitors are treated to a theater experience and galleries with even more history about Baltimore in the War of 1812. Make sure to check out Ms. Pickersgill’s built-to-scale “American flag window” in the courtyard between the two museums that displays a replica of the historic flag.

Want to know more about Mary and her flag? Check out The Star Spangled Banner Flag House online and become an expert before the Star-Spangled Sailabration!

The Star Spangled Banner Flag House

The Star Spangled Banner Flag House

844 East Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21202




Sports Legends Museum

Long before nicknames like “the Sultan of Swat” and “the Babe,” George Herman Ruth, Jr. was a bright-eyed, Baltimore-born ballplayer. Even though Babe played the majority of his major league ball for the Yankees, his storied career is cataloged and on display in Baltimore at the Babe Ruth Birthplace & Museum.

Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum ExteriorThe museum is made up of several exhibits, such as the 500 Home Run Club and the Historic House. It even boasts the small upstairs bedroom where Ruth was actually born on February 6, 1895. Located just a long fly ball away from Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the museum can easily be found by following the 60 painted baseballs on the sidewalks leading from the ballpark to the museum’s front door.

Looking for a more comprehensive Baltimore sports experience? Opened in May 2005, the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards is home to everything from horse racing to the Baltimore Colts, the Blast to the Ravens, and the Terps to the O’s. Located inside the historic Camden Station (Abe Lincoln stopped here en route to his 1861 Inauguration,) the Sports Legends Museum is every fan’s ticket to history. With interactive exhibits, one of a kind memorabilia, and frequent appearances by Baltimore sports icons, Sports Legends Museum is a must-see for any fan.

Want to know more? Check out the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Sports Legends Museum on their official homepage or follow along with their social media profiles below.

Babe Ruth Birthplace and Sports Legends MuseumBabe Ruth Birthplace Museum
216 Emory Street Baltimore, MD 21201
Neighborhood: Ridgely’s Delight
Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards

301 West Camden Street Baltimore, MD 21201
Neighborhood: Camden