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Historic Sites

Fort Frederick State Park
The site of Maryland's frontier defense during the French and Indian War (1754-1763), the Fort's stone wall and two barracks have been restored to their 1758 appearance. Historic displays are in the Fort, barracks and Visitor Center. The park annually holds military reenactments and other special events. Park lands adjoin the Potomac River and the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal passes through park acreage. For information call: (301)842-2155

Clara Barton National Historic Site
A historical house museum. Clara Barton Lived here from 1897 to 1912. During the first seven years, the house functioned as a Red Cross installation and now is being restored to reflect its multiple roles. For information call: (301)492-6245

Antietam National Battlefield Site
The scene of the bloody battle on September 17, 1862, between 87,000 Union troops and 41,000 Confederates that brought to an end General Lee's first northern invasion is marked by monuments, battlefield exhibits and a visitors center. For information call: (301)432-5124

Thomas Stone National Historic Site
Habredeventrue, a Georgian mansion built in 1771, sits on 328 acres near Port Tobacco. The mansion was the home of Thomas Stone, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. For information call: (301)934-6027

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
From a naval vessel offshore in the Patapsco River, Francis Scott Key witnessed the 25-hour bombardment of this fort at the entrance to Baltimore's Inner Harbor. A barrage of 1,500 to 1,800 bombs, rockets and shells was fired until after midnight. In the morning, when he saw the stars and stripes still waving, Key began to write his immortal lines on the back of a letter. So the National Anthem was born. The visitors center contains various exhibits on the history of the fort and the War of 18112. For information call: (410)962-4290

Tourist Attractions

Crystal Grottoes Caverns
Maryland's only commercial underground caverns. Spectacular 30-minute tour through brilliantly lighted chambers. For information call: (301)432-6336

Six flags America
Over 100 rides, shows and attractions including 4 great coasters, thrill rides, kiddie rides, and a water park. Open May-October. For information call: (301)249-1500

The Baltimore Zoo
Home to 2,250 exotic birds, mammals, reptiles from all over the globe. For information call: (410)396-7102

Black Panther Historic Shipwreck Preserve
In the closing days of World War II, the Black Panther, a German submarine became a possession of the US Navy. It was sunk in the Potomac River after testing was complete. Designated as Maryland's first historic shipwreck preserve in 1994. For information call: (301)769-2222

Conowingo Hydroelectric Plant and Dam
One of the nation's largest hydroelectric generating stations spans the Susquehanna River. Operates largest fish lifts of its kind. Can pass 750,000 American shad as they make their spring spawning run. For information call: (410)457-5011