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A place of tribute to Francis Scott Key, west of Ft. McHenry
A place of tribute to Francis Scott Key, west of Ft. McHenry

Francis Scott Key is so closely identified with Ft. McHenry that the south Baltimore landmark is considered the go-to place to learn how the 15-starred American flag that flew after the fort's bombardment 200 years ago inspired him to write the poem that became the national anthem. But those wishing to pay respects to the lawyer-turned-poet could also head 50 miles west to Frederick. "Key always wanted to be buried in the shadow of the Catoctin Mountains," said Ron Pearcey, superintendent of Mount Olivet Cemetery. After watching over the Key Monument for nearly half a century, Pearcey says he's seen an uptick in visitors this year, the bicentennial of the Battle of...

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