Wander Back in Time at the City's Historic Homes

Baltimore is a city full of history, and if its historic homes could talk, they would likely have plenty of stories to tell:

MOUNT CLARE HOUSE MUSEUM

Built in 1760, Mount Clare is one of the city's oldest and finest examples of colonial Georgian architecture. It was constructed by one of the state's leading patriots, Charles Carroll, and stood at the center of a self-sufficient plantation with a diverse community.

The home was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1971, and it's where visitors can see one of the country's finest privately owned decorative arts collections. Many of the pieces come from the Carroll family, and include regional furnishings as well as English and Chinese export objects.

Last admission is at 3:00 p.m. and the tours are led by knowledgeable docents.

STAR-SPANGLED BANNER FLAG HOUSE

The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House is where visitors can spend a few fun-filled hours immersed in one of the country's most riveting stories: the creation of the American flag.

Constructed in 1793, the building was both the home and business of Mary Pickersgill, and it's where she made the garrison flag that Francis Scott Key spotted flying over Fort McHenry. It was this flag that inspired him to pen our national anthem.

The city took ownership of the home in the late 1920s, and it displays an array of nineteenth-century objects that belonged to Mary's family.

Visitors can also explore exhibits including "Preserv'd Us a Nation." It tells of the bravery that Baltimore's citizens exhibited during the War of 1812, and features a piece of the Star-Spangled Banner flag, an American soldier's drum, and more.

These are just two of the historic homes near The Academy on Charles. If you are looking for a place to call home, please contact us to schedule a tour. We would love to show you our amenities firsthand.

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