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The Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network has something for everyone - from special parks and museums to historic communities, land and water trails. Each month, the Network highlights some of its sites that offer you a unique look at life on the Chesapeake. These thematic lists can help you explore the Network and experience your Chesapeake.

Experiencing and Exploring American Battles

Explore Your ChesapeakeThe 64,000 square miles that make up the Chesapeake Bay watershed are home to some of the nation’s most historic and pivotal battles – conflicts that shaped the country as we know it. Experience and explore the stories behind some of America’s most notable wars this Independence Day and learn how the Chesapeake played a significant role in the forming of the nation.

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine - Baltimore, MD
The birthplace of the United States’ National Anthem, this late 18th century star-shaped fort and national park guarded Baltimore’s Harbor from the British attack that inspired Francis Scott Key to write “The Star Spangled Banner.” Relive colonial military history while visiting this historical monument.

Point Lookout State Park - Scotland, MD
Point Lookout State Park sits at the tip of Maryland’s Western Shore on a peninsula formed by the Chesapeake and the Potomac. Swimming, fishing, boating and camping are just a few of the activities to be enjoyed; a museum shows how the park’s peaceful surroundings belie its history as the location of a prison camp for more than 52,000 Confederate soldiers during the Civil War.

Yorktown Visitor Center and Battlefield - Yorktown, VA
Relive the Revolutionary War era and tour the tobacco port town during your visit to the battlefield that marks the final battle of the American Revolutionary War and the symbolic end to Colonial English America.

Great Bridge Lock Park - Chesapeake, VA
This historical landmark represents a Revolutionary War battlefield. Experience history as you visit the site of a monument that reflects the beginning of the American legacy.

Bladensburg Waterfront Park - Bladensburg, MD
Canoe, kayak or travel by rowboat along the Anacostia River from this park and learn about this shipping port that played a pivotal role in the War of 1812.

Rock Creek Park - Washington, DC
Rock Creek Park is one of the largest and oldest forested urban parks in the United States. In addition to offering numerous recreational opportunities, the park includes Civil War relics such as Pierce Mill, Battleground National Cemetery, and Fort Stevens, the site of the only Civil War battle to occur in the District of Columbia.

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