Star Spangled Banner Flag House in Little Italy has long Italian ties

Nov 05, 2020 579

At the north corner of Little Italy, Baltimore, stands a proud brick building with a long and interesting history. The 1793 Star-Spangled Banner Flag House is a National Historic Landmark and one of the oldest houses in Baltimore. It has housed Italian residents and businesses, including a pharmacy, a steamship ticket office, Banco di Napoli, and a telegraph service.

It was once owned and occupied by Mary Young Pickersgill, maker of the original American flag that flew at Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore in 1814 and inspired Francis Scott Key to pen the words to our Star Spangled Banner. Today, it is a flag museum and gift shop.

SOURCE: Promotion Center for Little Italy, Baltimore

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