The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House

The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House Welcome to the Flag House, home of Mary Young Pickersgill craftswoman of the Star-Spangled Banner Flag. The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House is a historic home and museum located at 844 E.
(47)

Pratt St. in Baltimore Maryland. Mrs. Pickersgill was an American patriot and a Baltimore citizen. She sewed the Star-Spangled Banner, the flag that flew over Baltimore harbor after the Battle of Baltimore and inspired a young man named Francis Scott Key to write the American national anthem in honor of her flag. Now, her home is a National Historic Landmark, open to the public five days a week.

Operating as usual

Timed ticketing for July and August is now available through the Flag House's online store. Please read the below inform...
07/07/2020
General Admission

Timed ticketing for July and August is now available through the Flag House's online store. Please read the below information before planning your visit.

The museum will reopen to the public on Tuesday, July 7 at 10 am. We are strongly encouraging visitors to purchase tickets for one-hour blocks in advance or to call ahead to ensure their desired time slot is not at capacity. We will be limiting admission to ten individuals each hour with a half-hour gap between blocks for sanitizing.

Tours of the historic house will be self-guided using our audio tour system.

All visitors and staff will be required to wear a face-covering while on museum grounds. Disposable masks will be available for $1 at the front desk.

All visitors will be asked to sanitize their hands upon arrival in the Hofmeister Building. Hand sanitizer will be made available at several stations.

Some areas will remain closed to the public, including the Children's Discovery Gallery, Maryland House, and Hofmeister Building's second-floor observation gallery.

Please plan your visit accordingly and consider visiting with a family group of only two to three individuals. The maximum capacity for the Hofmeister Building will be capped at ten people and the historic house will be capped at five.

For more information please call 410.837.1793.

General admission to the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House & Museum.Please be advised that every effort is made to accommodate visitors with special needs.Due to the age of the historic Flag House, some areas are not accessible to individuals with physical d

Happy Independence Day from all of us at the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House.Mary Young Pickersgill was born in Philadel...
07/04/2020

Happy Independence Day from all of us at the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House.

Mary Young Pickersgill was born in Philadelphia only five months before July 4, 1776. Her life’s path and her family’s work were forever linked to the American fight for independence. Thirty-seven years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Mary would become the maker of the most famous American flag to ever fly.

#FourthofJuly #IndependenceDay #StarSpangledBanner

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
07/03/2020

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

#onthisday July 2, 1814 - British forces attack St. Leonard Town and destroy several vessels and structures, including a house used as a hospital by the Chesapeake Flotilla, a storehouse and two tobacco warehouses.

The original St. Leonard’s Town, at the head of St. Leonard Creek, served as the flotilla’s base in June 1814. The town was secure when the Chesapeake Flotilla was there; the U.S. infantry and marines stationed on Fort Hill protected the flotilla’s left flank and a one-gun battery protected the opposite shore. A floating boom between these two points also blocked access to the town.

However, after the flotilla moved out for the Second Battle of St. Leonard's Creek (June 26), the town was exposed to destructive British raids.

St. Leonard Town suffered from effects of the war and silting of the creek, so the town was reestablished in its present location.

#Warof1812

PHOTO /© RALPH ESHELMAN

Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine
07/03/2020

Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine

#Didyouknow that Fort McHenry's namesake--James McHenry--was friends with Alexander #Hamilton? The two men both served as aide-de-camp to George Washington during the American Revolution and continued their friendship throughout the start of the new nation, exchanging letters over the years. While much of this correspondence can be found online at The Library of Congress and US National Archives, our staff found one item of particular interest: McHenry's January 3, 1791 letter to Hamilton.

In it, McHenry writes to introduce future #Warof1812 naval hero Joshua Barney!

"...You owe this short reassurance of my regards to Capn. Barney who has a desire to be personally known to you. I introduce him with pleasure. He is a man of many valuable qualities, and well-known for his distinguished services during the war...."

McHenry continues with his explanation for the introduction: "....As yet however he is to receive his reward. I believe he goes up to Congress with the intention to petition for commutation, on the expences incurred in his captivity."

Read the full letter and notes at: https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Hamilton/01-07-02-0283

(images, l to r: Alexander Hamilton [National Gallery of Art], James McHenry [Maryland State Archives], and Joshua Barney [Maryland State Archives])

Timed ticketing for July and August is now available through the Flag House's online store. Please read the below inform...
06/30/2020
General Admission

Timed ticketing for July and August is now available through the Flag House's online store. Please read the below information before planning your visit.

The museum will reopen to the public on Tuesday, July 7 at 10 am. We are strongly encouraging visitors to purchase tickets for one-hour blocks in advance or to call ahead to ensure their desired time slot is not at capacity. We will be limiting admission to ten individuals each hour with a half-hour gap between blocks for sanitizing.

Tours of the historic house will be self-guided using our audio tour system.

All visitors and staff will be required to wear a face-covering while on museum grounds. Disposable masks will be available for $1 at the front desk.

All visitors will be asked to sanitize their hands upon arrival in the Hofmeister Building. Hand sanitizer will be made available at several stations.

Some areas will remain closed to the public, including the Children's Discovery Gallery, Maryland House, and Hofmeister Building's second-floor observation gallery.

Please plan your visit accordingly and consider visiting with a family group of only two to three individuals. The maximum capacity for the Hofmeister Building will be capped at ten people and the historic house will be capped at five.

For more information please call 410.837.1793.

General admission to the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House & Museum.Please be advised that every effort is made to accommodate visitors with special needs.Due to the age of the historic Flag House, some areas are not accessible to individuals with physical d

June is #NationalRoseMonth. The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House's rose garden features sixteen varieties of Hybrid Tea a...
06/25/2020

June is #NationalRoseMonth. The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House's rose garden features sixteen varieties of Hybrid Tea and Grandiflora roses with patriotic names like Veterans' Honor, Eternal Flame, and Bronze Star.

Named after renowned opera singer, Maria Callas and hybridized by Marie-LouiseMeilland, the Miss All-American Beauty rose is a particularly luminous Hybrid Tea with very large, 50 – 60 petals, deep pink blooms, and an old rose fragrance. Introduced in 1968, Miss All-American Beauty won the All-America Rose Selection, the most prestigious rose award in the United States, that same year.

06/23/2020
We're reopening on July 7th!

Good news, we're reopening on July 7th! With a few new rules to keep our visitors and staff safe.

1. All visitors and staff must wear face coverings on Flag House grounds. These spaces include the courtyard, Hofmeister Building, and historic Flag House.
2. Visitors will be asked to disinfect hands upon entering the Hofmeister Building. Hand sanitizer will be provided at the front desk and at a station in the exhibit.
3. Some spaces will remain closed to the public. Including the Maryland House, second floor of the Hofmeister Building, and Children’s Discovery Gallery.
4. Visitors will be welcomed back to the Flag House in a limited capacity. No more than ten visitors will be admitted to the Hofmeister Building and no more than five visitors in the historic house. Please consider visiting with small family groups of two or three.

We can't wait to see you!

June is #NationalRoseMonth. The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House's rose garden features sixteen varieties of hybrid tea a...
06/19/2020

June is #NationalRoseMonth. The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House's rose garden features sixteen varieties of hybrid tea and Grandiflora roses with patriotic names like Veterans' Honor, Eternal Flame, and Bronze Star.

Named for the Silver Star Medal the Silver Star Rose is an attractive Grandiflora with double, clustered blooms measuring 4" in a light to medium lavender color. Silver Star is considered a superior lavender rose with pure color that will not fade.

The Silver Star Medal is the United States Armed Forces' third-highest personal decoration for valor in combat established by an Act of Congress on July 9, 1918. The Silver Star Medal is awarded primarily to members of the United States Armed Forces for gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States.

War of 1812 (U.S. National Park Service)
06/18/2020
War of 1812 (U.S. National Park Service)

War of 1812 (U.S. National Park Service)

Thirty years after the American Revolution, the young nation faced more questions than answers. What did it mean to be an American? Could a government built on democracy survive?

The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House's rose garden features sixteen varieties of hybrid tea roses with patriotic names li...
06/17/2020

The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House's rose garden features sixteen varieties of hybrid tea roses with patriotic names like Veterans' Honor, Eternal Flame, and Bronze Star.

The epitome of the ultimate red Hybrid Tea, Veterans' Honor is a fitting tribute to the men and women who've served our country over the years. Big shapely buds unfurl perfectly into huge blossoms of impeccable form and stunning red color.

#June #NationalRoseMonth

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
06/16/2020

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

#onthisday June 14, 1814: British troops raid Sotterley, burning a tobacco warehouse and a house once occupied by the militia. Nearly 50 enslaved people from the site escape to British vessels.

"The people on either side of the Patuxent are in the greatest alarm and consternation... those that remained at home all their slaves have left them and come to us..." -- British Captain Joseph Nourse to Rear Admiral George Cockburn, July 23, 1814.

The British enticed enslaved people to leave plantations--a tactic to acquire local knowledge and cripple the economy. Roughly 4,000 enslaved men, women, and children escaped to the British throughout the war. Many of the adult males were trained for the military.

Four enslaved people from Sotterley who fled in June 1814 returned to help others escape.

Historic Sotterley

[image: the raid at Sotterley, (c) Gerry Embleton]

Virtual Distance Learning Programs | Museum of the American Revolution | Philadelphia History Museum
06/16/2020
Virtual Distance Learning Programs | Museum of the American Revolution | Philadelphia History Museum

Virtual Distance Learning Programs | Museum of the American Revolution | Philadelphia History Museum

Explore the Museum of the American Revolution's new and exciting virtual distance learning programs for the new school year! Follow up your Virtual Field Trip with a live Q&A with a Museum educator, participate in an engaging activity in the virtual sphere, explore the Virtual Museum Tour with an ed...

The Flag House: Birthplace of the Star-Spangled Banner - Preservation Maryland
06/14/2020
The Flag House: Birthplace of the Star-Spangled Banner - Preservation Maryland

The Flag House: Birthplace of the Star-Spangled Banner - Preservation Maryland

The flag that inspired America’s national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner, was sewn in a small brick house in Baltimore City—and that building still stands. The Flag House dates back to 1793 and was the home and place of business of Mary Young Pickersgill. Starting in 1807 when Pickersgill and ...

The Flag House is proud to announce the 2020 honoree of the Mary Pickersgill Award for Women's Leadership in Business, B...
06/14/2020

The Flag House is proud to announce the 2020 honoree of the Mary Pickersgill Award for Women's Leadership in Business, Brianna Billups, founder of Fully Grown.

Brianna Billups is an entrepreneur with a passion for bridging the gap between her community and the food they eat. She is a hospitality and culinary arts degree graduate of Anne Arundel Community College and received a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Baltimore. Brianna's love for food began at an early age when she committed herself to a career as a chef. While attending college, Brianna learned the meaning of a "food desert," realizing then that she had lived in one her entire life. The impact of learning about food deserts was the catalyst for the founding of her first business, Fully Grown LLC. Fully Grown is dedicated to teaching inner-city students about healthy eating habits and urban agriculture practices in partnership with a local nonprofit, It Takes a Village Inc.

Fully Grown also provides fruit snacks and meal prep services using all-natural ingredients and 100% compostable packaging. Brianna is a former member of the University of Baltimore's Entrepreneur Fellow Program and was the winner of the first Better Business Bureau Spark Award. Since the launch of Fully Grown, Brianna pitched and won a total of $10,000 in grant money for Fully Grown's efforts. In 2020, Fully Grown will become a youth works site for students interested in culinary arts.

06/14/2020
2020 Flag House Scholar Award - Reuben Williams

Congratulations to our 2020 Flag House Scholar, Reuben Williams! Due to the cancellation of the Flag Day Celebration during the COVID-19 pandemic, Reuben fulfilled his obligation to read his essay in the recording below. Please join us in congratulating Reuben!

Generously sponsored by the Society of the War of 1812 in the State of Maryland and Maryland State Society United States Daughters of 1812.

A bit about our winner:

Reuben Williams, is a home-educated high school senior matriculating to Southeastern University, in central Florida, as an honors student. Reuben intends to major in language, culture, and trade, fostering his deep-seated passion for other cultures.

Outside of his studies and job as a manager at Chick-fil-a, Reuben dedicates time to choir, teaching free English second language classes, and volunteers at various local charities and organizations including Christian Shelter and the Village of Hope. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Reuben helped give back to his community by volunteering at a food bank, sorting non-perishable items for distribution.

Throughout high school, Reuben maintained a record of academic excellence and holds one silver and three gold medals from the National Latin Exam, which he has taken annually since 7th grade. He also studies both Team Policy and Lincoln-Douglas style of debate. Reuben says, “most importantly, I have learned to appreciate learning as an opportunity to better myself, and take every chance to enrich my understanding of the world I live in.”

2020 Question:
Museums and historic houses have traditionally told the stories of the well-known history-makers such as George Washington’s Mt. Vernon or famous artists exhibited in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. However, museums and historic houses are increasingly developing research and exhibits that champion underrepresented groups. The historically significant actions of the working class, minorities, immigrants, and enslaved persons previously overlooked by mainstream narratives in American history are finally being shared. This is true of Mary Pickersgill and her household of craftswomen. At the Flag House, we work to preserve Mary’s legacy as a woman ahead of her time, business owner and advocate for the women of Baltimore, and as the maker of the Star-Spangled Banner. Although Mary and her team created the flag that inspired the national anthem, her story is frequently overshadowed by that of Francis Scott Key and the Battle of Baltimore.

The eighth Flag House Scholar Award will celebrate the historical contributions of unsung heroes from the past and present. Do you know of an unsung history-maker in your community? Is there an organization in your community working to keep the legacy of a historically significant, but often overlooked, individual alive and relevant? Identify a person living or from the past whose professional work, activism, or personal story has made a significant impact on you or your community. Describe why their story is unique and explain how they have changed the course of history.

Congratulations to our 2020 Flag House Scholar, Reuben Williams! Due to the cancellation of the Flag Day Celebration during the COVID-19 pandemic, Reuben ful...

Happy #FlagDay from all of us at the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House. We wish we could be with you to celebrate. In lieu...
06/14/2020

Happy #FlagDay from all of us at the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House. We wish we could be with you to celebrate. In lieu of or annual ceremony we’ll be posting about our Scholar Award and Mary Pickersgill Award for Women’s Leadership in Business winners on our website and social media.

Now available for purchase in the Flag House's online shop and just in time for Flag Day and Father's Day!Thank you to P...
06/13/2020
Ties | Star-Spangled Banner Flag House

Now available for purchase in the Flag House's online shop and just in time for Flag Day and Father's Day!

Thank you to PNC and Vineyard Vines.

Join our friends the Jewish Museum of Maryland forHistory Is Now: Share Your StoryTuesday, June 16, 2020, at 7:00 pm EST...
06/12/2020
jewishmuseummd.org

Join our friends the Jewish Museum of Maryland for
History Is Now: Share Your Story
Tuesday, June 16, 2020, at 7:00 pm EST

At the Jewish Museum of Maryland (JMM), we are storytellers. We’re also storyfinders, storykeepers, and storyprotectors. Through our latest collecting initiative, History is Now: The JMM Collects COVID 19, we trying to capture the impact of the current situation upon our community to help future generations better understand its impact. Join us for a special COVID 19 inspired writing workshop where we will come together to record our experiences for future generations.

This program is designed for adults. Places are limited, so early registration is recommended. You do not need to attend both sessions but you may enjoy the experience more if you are able to attend both sessions. You will have the opportunity to donate your completed projects to the JMM for our project History is Now: The JMM Collects COVID 19.

JMM Event Page – http://jewishmuseummd.org/single/history-is-now-share-your-story/

Facebook event page – https://www.facebook.com/events/874224023061781/

At the Jewish Museum of Maryland (JMM), we are storytellers. We’re also storyfinders, storykeepers, and storyprotectors. Through our latest collecting initiative, History is Now: The JMM Collects Covid 19, we trying to capture the impact of the current situation upon our community to help future g...

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844 E. Pratt St.
Baltimore, MD
21202

2 blocks from the Charm City Circulator

General information

The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House is a historic home and museum located at 844 E. Pratt St. in Baltimore Maryland. This 225 year old structure is restored to its 1813 glory. Tour the Flag House, visit the museum and spend a day with Mrs. Pickersgill and her family.

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00

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(410) 837-1793

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Opened to the public in 1928, the historic Star-Spangled Banner Flag House and Museum preserves the 1793 structure and interprets the life of Mary Young Pickersgill a nineteenth-century female entrepreneur and craftswoman of the Star-Spangled Banner Flag that inspired the National Anthem. In 1927, the historic structure was purchased by Baltimore City with the intent to preserve the house for future generations as the birthplace of the Star-Spangled Banner flag and in 1970 it was named a National Historic Landmark. Today, the historic house and museum are open Tuesday through Saturday for public tours. Visit our website (www.flaghouse.org) or Facebook calendar for more information on upcoming programs and events.