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Defenders Day Features Walking Tours
Take a walking tour at Fort Howard Park during Defenders Day celebrations September 7 & 8, and learn about how the area has more history than the Battle of North Point!
Dundalk Historical Society volunteer Ray Scott will explain how Fort Howard is also historically significant for reasons other than the British landing in 1814. From 1898 until 1927, this property was an Endicott Period Coast Artillery installation that housed as many as 18 huge artillery guns purposed to protect Baltimore from attack by enemy naval vessels attempting to enter the Patapsco River.
The weapons at Fort Howard included two 12-inch disappearing rifles and eight 12-inch mortars. All of those guns could rain massive, 1000-pound explosive shells on any spot in the Chesapeake or the Patapsco within a 10-mile radius of North Point.
Walking tours of Fort Howard's old coast artillery gun emplacements are scheduled for 11 AM and 2 PM each day. The tours will begin at the Fort Howard History tent next to Battery Stricker.
Dundalk Historical Website Features Complete Defenders Day Info
The Dundalk Historical Society and Museum, Inc., has launched its new website – www.dundalkhistory.org – to publicize Defenders Day 2013 events, reach a wider audience and make everyone aware of just how much the Society can offer the community. Defenders Day 2013 is featured prominently on the new site. Find the complete schedule and more information at www.dundalkhistory.org/defenders-day.html.
One of the biggest priorities of the site is to gather email addresses for a mailing list. You can register by accessing the Contact form on the Support page of the website or through the Society’s official Facebook page (don’t forget to “like” the page).
Defenders Day Isn’t Over When It’s Over
Once Defender’s Day 2013 observances end, other events will lead up to the bicentennial celebration. There will be a special event in Dundalk at 7 PM on Thursday, Oct. 17, when the U.S. Naval Academy Concert Band performs at the Dundalk Middle community auditorium on Dunmanway. Admission and parking are free.
The event is presented in partnership with the Baltimore County Office of Promotion and Tourism and the Star Spangled 200 Committee. For more information about the Defenders Day celebration, call the Historical Society at (410)284-2331, or visit www.dundalkhistory.org/defenders-day.html.
Canadians Represent the British at Defenders Day 2013
Almost 200 years after the British invaded the North Point peninsula, new arrivals will take their place in an attempt to do the same. Dozens of re-enactors from Ontario, Canada, will stand in for British forces during the 199th anniversary celebration of Defenders Day, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, September 7 and 8, at Fort Howard Park.
This year, Defenders Day events will expand to two days in anticipation of next year’s bicentennial celebration. There will be lots of activity over the weekend at Fort Howard Park, highlighted by about 90 re-enactors who will do battle twice on Saturday and once on Sunday.
“We’ve enhanced the whole event from top to bottom,” said Harry Young, who has chaired the event for the last nine years. “We’ll have three battle re-enactments, more volunteers and more sponsors than ever before.”
by Jay Doyle
Project Manager, Baltimore County Department of Planning
Enjoy Defenders Day at North Point – Baltimore County’s signature annual salute to its War of 1812 heritage – this Sunday, Sept. 2nd, at the beautiful waterfront treasure known as Fort Howard Park, 9500 North Point Road. This daylong affair features two reenactments of the Battle of North Point, which took place the day before the bombardment of Fort McHenry in 1814.
Gates open at 10 a.m., with the first reenactment commencing at 1 p.m. and the second at 4 p.m. A strong contingent of living history interpreters will be on hand as will strains of period music. Recently, the Fire Museum of Maryland began exhibiting at the event, this year being no exception. The intrepid firefighters will have a true, 1812-era pumper truck on display, intriguing to children and adults alike.
The Battle of North Point began in pre-dawn hours when British royal marines and infantry disembarked from ships, landing at various points along the southern tip of the North Point peninsula. This year’s event plans a new maritime feature to depict this dramatic aspect of the battle. On land, British invaders in “red-coat” attire will face off against Maryland militia units such as Asquith’s Rifles and the vaunted “Dandy Fifth” Regiment. Thundering cannon fire will echo through the trees. Odds are British General Robert Ross will take a direct hit and stoically draw his last breath on Baltimore County soil as he did 198 years ago.
We salute Defenders Day Chairman Harry Young and his loyal band of steadfast volunteers with the Dundalk-Patapsco Neck Historical Society who put on a splendid show every year. Bring your appetite. Consider purchasing commemorative items and souvenirs from the historical society, Friends of Todd’s Inheritance and other civic organizations eager to promote the War of 1812 bicentennial and their good causes. Representatives from the National Park Service and the Baltimore County War of 1812 Advisory Committee will be in attendance.
Information: Jay Doyle, 410-887-2483