We made it to Baltimore for the weekend of Aug. 20-22nd. We had been wanting to see a little more of the city and also take in Ft. McHenry.
We stayed in a older historic hotel called the Mount Vernon Hotel established in 1907.
One of the main attractions in Baltimore is the Inner Harbor. They have done a wonderful job of sprucing it up. There are restaurants, shops, historic ships, an Aquarium...
And at night it is all lit up and there is an area provided for street performers. We saw a gentleman on a unicycle juggling flaming torches!
On Sat. we started off doing a self walking tour of the Mount Vernon district. It was THE place to live in Baltimore throughout the later half of the 1800's & early 1900's (if you were wealthy, had status, & a crew of servants that is!). It is the home of some historic places that we wanted to see.
First off was the Basilica of the Assumption. It was completed in 1821 & is the first metropolitan cathedral constructed in America after the adoption of the Constitution. The architect was the same architect for the U.S. Capitol building in D.C., Benjamin H. Latrobe.
This is a picture of the Undercroft, under the main sanctuary, where the chapel & crypt are.
This Gothic-style Methodist Church was completed in 1872 and sits on the sight of the mansion where Francis Scott Key died while staying with his daughter & son-in-law. A plaque on the side of the church commemorates that site.
The Lexington Market was established in 1782 is the largest continuing running market in the U.S. Filled with food sellers, meat markets, bakeries, & vegetable stands, it was quite an experience!!
Next to Fells Point is another historic community called "Little Italy". We had a delicious dinner at a charming restaurant called "Gia Ristorante".
This is a view looking out from the fort to where the British ships would have been sailing while bombing the fort.
One of the many interesting facts we learned while there was that whenever a new territory was made into a state and a star added to the nation's flag, that new flag, before it flies anywhere else, flies over Fort McHenry a minute after midnight on July 4th!! Pretty impressive!