1812 Events Round-Up
It's a star-spangled season for the Chesapeake Bay region as parks, communities and historic sites present a large slate of festivals and other events to commemorate the War of 1812. Here are some suggestions to get visitors started. Some events are free, while others have fees or require registration. Check with event sponsors for details. There are more 1812 events — and a host of great places to visit — at www.starspangled200.org, www.starspangledtrail.net, or at tourism sites like www.visitstmarysmd.com and www.kentcounty.com/1812.
- Walking tours of Annapolis: 2nd & 3rd Saturdays, April—October. War of 1812 themed stops in the historic district & U.S. Naval Academy, with guides in historical dress. www.annapolistours.com or 410-268-7601.
- Seas, Lakes & Bay: The Naval War of 1812: Exhibit at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis runs through Nov. 3 and focuses on the war's causes, strategies & outcomes with a focus on naval battles. Photo ID required to enter grounds. 410-293-2108 or www.usna.edu/War1812/Exhibit.
- The Civil War of 1812: American Citizens, British Subjects, Irish Rebels & Indian Allies: 7:30 p.m. April 9 at Langsdale Library Auditorium, University of Baltimore. Talk by historian and author Alan Taylor discusses how the war affected common people. www.ubalt.edu or 410-837-5323.
- Privateer Weekend: April 19–21 in historic Fells Point, Baltimore. War of 1812 showcase on the Broadway pier with cannons & tall ships. www.fellspointmainstreet.org or 410-675-8900.
- War of 1812 Commemoration: May 3–5 in Havre de Grace, MD. Encampments, re-enactments, fireworks around town and at the Susquehanna Lockhouse Museum. 410-939-5780 or www.thelockhousemuseum.org.
- Kitty Knight & Georgetown Remembered: May 3–5 in Georgetown, MD. Weekend features the Chesapeake Campaign, a traveling festival of re-enactors, hands-on activities & performances. 410-778-0416 or www.kentcounty1812.org.
- Dogwood Festival: May 4 in Galena, MD. Annual town festival focuses on the War of 1812 this year. 410-648-6866 or www.galenamd.com.
- House & Garden Tour: May 18. Bryantown to Benedict in Southern Maryland: Historian George Post will discuss the site of the British landing, historic homes & grave sites related to the war. www.mhgp.org or 410-821-6933.
- Bicentennial of the Battle of Craney Island: June 21–23 in Norfolk & Portsmouth, VA. Events scheduled at Fort Norfolk, Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve & Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum. www.craneyisland1813.com or 757-640-1720.
- From Enemies to Allies Conference: June 12-15 at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. International academic conference includes programs for the general public. http://starspangled200.com/feta or 410-767-6341.
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