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Baltimore's history, great architecture, walkable neighborhoods and generous benefactors all contribute to a vibrant city with both classic and also ever-evolving things to do. Frequent visitors will find exciting additions to their favorite historic attractions that add to – not detract from – the enjoyment. The nation's first effort to memorialize George Washington is the most famous icon of the city. Indeed, the Washington Monument appears on the Baltimore flag on a field made up of the Calvert family arms.
Baltimore has been an integral part of America's past through every historic era. Early Americana fans and those yearning to learn about the elusive War of 1812 can check out such places as the Inner Harbor and Fort McHenry, which inspired Francis Scott Key – an ancestor of namesake F. Scott Fitzgerald – to pen the lyrics to our national anthem: The Star Spangled Banner.
Baltimore's Pratt Street Riot was the occasion of the first deaths by hostile forces in the Civil War. You can learn more about Baltimore's role in the Civil War at the Maryland Historical Society Museum and Library – so chock full of treasures, it was the target of a famous theft in recent years – as well as several other locations, including the Baltimore Civil War Museum at President Street Station and even Green Mount Cemetery.