Discover the War of 1812 on the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail – a path tracing troop movements through historic places, inspiring landscapes, charming waterfront towns, and waterways of the Chesapeakek Bay region. The trail offers many ways to experience the drama of the war and tell the stories of its people.
Follow the march on Washington with a driving tour of Southern Maryland, or paddle the wetlands where Barney scuttled his fleet.
Southern Maryland was one of the most affected regions of the country during the war between the United States and Great Britian, which lasted from 1812 to 1815. The active British presence in Southern Maryland, the captial’s frist line of defense, resulted in wide-spread destruction and disruption of daily life for the citizens of Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties. Visit the War of 1812 section of this site or download the War of 1812 brochure to learn more.
Combine your history quest with outdoor fun for the whole family. Take time to picnic, explore trails, or cast a fishing line. Stop at a farmers market, or browse for antiques. You can also try your hand a geocaching, a treasure hunt using GPS technonly on the Star-Spangled Banner Geotrail.
The following locations in Southern Maryland are part of the trail.