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photo of soldier with gunsmokeJordan Fish
Baltimore County Tourism & Promotion

Celebrate the 200th anniversary of the defense of Baltimore and the writing of our national anthem. Whether you’re a huge history buff, or you’re not entirely sure what year the War of 1812 started, there are great events occurring over the next two weeks in Baltimore County. Make sure you get out to some or all of these unique happenings, and celebrate your patriotism and Maryland pride!

Defenders Day – Battle of North Point

Baltimore County’s Battle of North Point is a prominent part of American history. Marking the battle, the Defenders Day event on September 6 and 7 takes place at Fort Howard Park in Baltimore County on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. This commemorative event and reenactment “kicks off” Maryland’s Star-Spangled Spectacular week.

The Dundalk Patapsco Neck Historical Society and Baltimore County Tourism and Promotion are pleased to offer free parking and free admission to the event. On Monday, September 8, a fireworks display will be held on the grounds of Sparrows Point High School.

The 200th March of the Defenders

This year is not only the 200th anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner and the Battles of North Point and Baltimore; it is also the 200th anniversary of the 1-175th Infantry Regiment of the Maryland National Guard (MDNG).

Commemorating the occasion, 500 uniformed MDNG men and women will march the 6-mile route that the Maryland Militia marched 200 years ago to defend Baltimore and the nation from the British invasion. On Thursday, September 11, Governor Martin O’Malley and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will send off the troops from Patterson Park and Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz will greet them at Battle Acre. More details about this event can be found on the Star-Spangled 200 website  {Web page may take a minute to load.}

The Star-Spangled Festival at Martin State Airport

Martin State Airport is opening its doors for two full days of festivities from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Festival offers local Maryland foods and crafts, Blue Angels souvenirs, music, the Glenn L. Martin Aviation Museum, and static aircraft displays. History booths and demos tell the story of the U.S. Navy, aviation, and the War of 1812. Parking is free with shuttles running from parking areas to the festival all day.

Please Note: The Blue Angels’ air show will NOT be seen at the Martin State Airport Festival – the show will be performed over Fort McHenry in Baltimore City. Visitors to the Festival at Martin State can see the Blue Angels take-off (approximately 1:30 p.m.) and land (approximately 4 p.m.) only. Please also review the bag and security policies before arriving at the Festival. {Web page may take a minute to load.}


pen and ink drawing of Milton InnTeri Rising, Historic Preservation Planner
Department of Planning

Did you know that several of the restaurants participating in Baltimore County’s Summer Restaurant Week are also serving up a helping of Baltimore area history? From Reisterstown’s historic Main Street to the country splendor of My Lady’s Manor, these historic restaurants provide a unique dining experience to go along with their special summer menus: 

The Grill at the Harryman House  - 340 Main St, Reisterstown, MD

Located within the National Register Historic District of Reisterstown, The Grill at the Harryman House has been a longtime favorite.  Situated among the many historic structures that line Main Street, The Grill at the Harryman House is one of the oldest structures in Reisterstown.  Built by Samuel Harryman ca. 1800 on land originally owned by John Reister, the Harryman family lived and worked on the property while operating a saddlery, harness shop, and grocery.  The building’s many historic details provide a cozy and inviting setting to all that visit.

The Manor Tavern- 15819 Old York Rd, Monkton, MD

The scenic countryside of My Lady’s Manor provides a beautiful setting for visitors traveling to the historic Manor Tavern.  Now a designated National Register Historic District, My Lady’s Manor was established in 1713 by the third Lord Baltimore as a gift for his bride.  The district is home to many historic sites and farms that represent multiple centuries of Baltimore County history.  The Manor Tavern, which is located at the prominent crossroads of Monkton Road and Old York Road, had humble beginnings as a stable and has survived to become a well known dining and special event destination. 

 The Milton Inn - 14833 York Rd, Sparks, MD

Inside this restored stone building, you will find one of Baltimore County’s most unique landmarks.  Originally known as the Milton Academy, boys, and later girls, traveled from all over the United States to attend this prestigious school.  First appearing on the Baltimore County Tax List in 1823, the building started as a tavern and became a well known boy’s boarding school operated by John Emerson Lamb.  One of its most well known former students is John Wilkes Booth, the man who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln.   After serving as a school for many years, the building housed several businesses until it finally became a restaurant in 1946. 

 The Oregon Grille- 1201 Shawan Rd, Cockeysville, MD

Once home to the Oregon Furnace Store, this well known Baltimore County restaurant and landmark sits at the edge of the former Oregon Iron Furnace and company town that is now Oregon Ridge Park.  After the furnace operation ended at the close of the 19th century, Thomas Kurtz, the last Oregon Ore foreman, purchased the building and continued to operate a store and post office out of the location.  A careful restoration in the 1980s preserved the historic stone and frame building while retaining the wonderful historic architectural details which provide a lovely setting for a special meal.


Jordan Fish
Baltimore County Tourism & Promotion

Whether you prefer classical in the park, folk along your local main street, some smooth jazz at a winery or vineyard, or rockin’ riffs at a raucous festival; there is something for everyone in Baltimore County with more than 150 concerts taking place this summer. Best of all, many of them are free and kid-friendly, so there is no need shell out for the babysitter.

With so much going on there is no excuse to spend a weekend evening at home watching Netflix (the new episodes of Orange is the New Black will still be there when you get home). Those winter doldrums will be back around before you know it, and you’ll be glad you spent your summer afternoons and evenings with some great music!

Here is a complete list of outdoor music and dance concerts throughout the summer.




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