We came across “War of 1812 Archaeology,” a delightful blog edited by Dr. Lisa Kraus with the Maryland State Highway Administration.
Their latest entry is an excellent piece by Rebecca Crew, who asks --
In honor of the current winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, this blog post will consider the author of our national anthem, Francis Scott Key, and the places that commemorate him. What is the Gold Medal place that best defines Francis Scott Key’s significance?
Crew hits all the spots with great coverage. Key, born and raised in Terra Rubra (north of Frederick), spent time in Frederick, Annapolis, Georgetown, the District, paid visits to Baltimore and Alexandria, stood behind the troops in Bladensburg when the British crossed the river there in August 1814, was in Upper Marlborough when captured, and rests in peace in Frederick.
Inspired by her, I have assembled my write ups on "Finding Francis Scott Key."
And my answer to her question is unquestionably Fort McHenry.
Townhouse in Judiciary Square
One small reference to his stay there.
Battle Monument, Maryland Historical Society, Key Monument, Place of Passing, Indian Queen Tavern site, Key Bridge, Orpheus statue