This historic home located in downtown Baltimore was once home to Mary Pickersgill who is credited with sewing the infamous flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to write Star-Spangled Banner. Mary’s entrepreneur spirit gave her the ability to run her own flag business and provide the notable one that flew over Fort McHenry during a British attack.
Around the early 1800s, Mary had grown her small flag making business to be quite profitable. Within 10 years, she purchased this home that she had been renting for her family to live in using the profits from her flags that sold.
Mary, her family and some servants all worked in the summer of 1813 to sew two flags for nearby Fort McHenry. One these flags was flown during the British attack on Fort McHenry on September 14, 1814. Francis Scott Key was detained on a British ship during the attack that lasted over a day. Looking out over the water, he saw the flag that Mary and her team had made, flying proudly above the bay. This inspired him to write America’s national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner”.
The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House is located at 844 E. Pratt Street in downtown Baltimore.
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