Francis Scott Key’s Frederick

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Frederick and the Key Connection
Frederick's Mount Olivet Cemetery is the final resting place of Star-Spangled Banner author Francis Scott Key, and the cemetery also has an impressive monument dedicated to Key. Key was aboard a ship near Baltimore Harbor during the bombardment of Fort McHenry on Sept. 13-14, 1814 when he wrote the famous song. He was born in 1779 at Terra Rubra in the part of Frederick County that later became part of Carroll County, and he began his law career in Frederick in the early 1800s.

How to Experience Francis Scott Key’s Frederick
Key's uniquely American story begins and ends in Frederick. To honor the author of the country's national anthem, Frederick is preparing for the approaching 200th Anniversary of Key's writing of the Star-Spangled Banner in 1814. Here are some ways you can experience Francis Scott Key's Frederick and honor this great patriot.

Frederick Visitor Center
Start your Key exploration at the FrederickVisitor Center, where you can learn about the area sites related to Key and pick up brochures that will help you experience Francis Scott Key's Frederick.  At the Frederick Visitor Center, you can...



View the original artwork commissioned for the Frederick Visitor Center that depicts Key aboard the ship as he stood witness to the bombardment of Ft. McHenry during the War of 1812.





See the new exhibit featuring a fragment of one of the British bombs that exploded over Fort McHenry at the Frederick Visitor Center.



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Explore 10 Key Sites - “Francis Scott Key’s Frederick” is a self-guided tour of sites related to Francis Scott Key or the War of 1812. New interpretive panel sites including Court House Square, Mount Olivet Cemetery, the Hessian Barracks, and Harry Grove Stadium are included on the tour. Brochures are available at the Frederick Visitor Center.





 Learn about Key and his final resting place, historic Mount Olivet Cemetery, with the “Historic Mount Olivet Cemetery Key Gravesite and Monument Brochure.” This 12-panel brochure is available at the Frederick Visitor Center.




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