AAA Editor Notes
The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House, off Albemarle St. at 844 E. Pratt St., was the home of Mary Pickersgill, who made the 15-star and 15-stripe American flag in 1813 that inspired Francis Scott Key to write “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The flag waved above Fort McHenry during its bombardment in 1814. Guided tours of the 1793 house showcase furniture, textiles, photographs, clothing and military objects from the 17th-19th centuries.
The adjacent museum features Family of Flagmakers: The Women Who Created the Star-Spangled Banner, an interactive exhibit showcasing Pickersgill. The exhibit includes personal family items as well as archeological objects related to the house. The Great Flag Window made of colored panes of glass is a replica of the original flag.
An audio tour by cellphone is available.
Guided tours are available.