Built in 1793, the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House was the home and place of business of Mary Pickersgill, maker of the Star Spangled Banner garrison flag that inspired Francis Scott Key’s famous poem that later became our national anthem. Mary and her daughter Caroline moved into the house in 1806, along with Mary’s mother, Rebecca Young, who began the flag-making business in Philadelphia during the Revolutionary War.
In 1927, the house was sold to the city of Baltimore and the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House Association established a museum inside the historic home.
Today, visitors encounter the interior of the Flag House. The house is filled with original early 19th century things, many of them possessions of the Young-Pickersgill family. Throughout the tour, visitors explore aspects of business and daily life in the Flag House by interacting with a variety sites and sounds from 1812.
Due to the historical significance of the property, which gave birth to the garrison flag and, consequently, U.S. national anthem, the Flag House is a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.