The Defenders Day – Battle of North Point event, which takes place annually at Fort Howard in Baltimore County, is a commemorative event and reenactment exhibiting the part Baltimore County played in the War of 1812.
Sponsors of this event, the Dundalk Patapsco Neck Historical Society and Baltimore County Tourism and Promotion, are holding the two-day demonstration on September 7 and 8.
Baltimore County’s Battle of North Point was a prominent part of American history, and this event aims to preserve its significance and display Maryland’s pride and patriotism.
Dozens of Maryland Communities around the Bay share a national story of triumph, which began April 1813, when the British began their assault at the head of the Bay and climaxed September 1814, shortly after the burning of the nation's capital with the dramatic, successful defense of Baltimore.
The story of Maryland's fight for the nation will be celebrated through the Chesapeake Campaign, a traveling festival featuring re-enactors, hands-on educational activities, performances, food, drink and interactive fun along the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail.
On April 10, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. and Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED) Secretary Dominick Murray presented the Dundalk-Patapsco Neck Historical Society and Museum with a $24,000 matching grant in support of the Defenders Day at North Point event to be held on September 7 and 8.
The Dundalk-Patapsco Neck Historical Society and Museum and Baltimore County Tourism and Promotion joined 21 other non-profit and government organizations across Maryland which together are investing more than $4.7 million in bicentennial projects. Defenders Day at North Point interprets and commemorates the Battle of North Point, which occurred when thousands of British troops landed near Baltimore on September 12, 1814.
From the Baltimore County Now blog: "Baltimore County is pleased to report that key historic sites associated with the Battle of North Point will be getting some much-needed attention. The County has secured funding to make improvements from a variety of sources. The main goals are to strengthen public access to top-priority sites, to improve their educational value and visitor appeal, and to advance historic preservation.
Top-priority sites are not only central to the County’s 1812 story, they are destinations on the newly designated Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail. They are not just historical artifacts. They are visible, well-known properties woven into the fabric of active communities. Their condition and viability influences the quality of life of the communities in which they reside."
Read the full blog, written by Jay Doyle, Office of Planning.
While many are familiar with the naval bombardment of Fort McHenry and that event's role in inspiring our national anthem, a smaller number understand the significance of the British land attack, which resulted in the Battle of North Point in southeast Baltimore County.
During the bicentennial celebration – from 2012 to 2015 – Baltimore County hopes to highlight the importance of the Battle of North Point and many other stories that reveal the County’s proud War of 1812 heritage.
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