The story of the Battle of Fort McHenry, the salty atmosphere of an Eastern shore wharf, the growth of tourism and commerce in the “Free State” today and many more colorful elements are presented in this pavilion. The building itself combines contemporary architecture with the brick walks and the round-cornered brick walls traditional in the state. On the upper level are a restaurant and lounge.
Inspiration For an Anthem. In the theater, an eight-minute motion picture recounts the Battle of Fort McHenry, fought outside Baltimore during the War of 1812. It was during this battle that Francis Scott Key wrote the words to "The Star-Spangled Banner." A replica of the huge 15-star flag Key saw (it measures 42 feet by 30 feet) is shown in the pavilion.
Like many other pavilions at the Fair, Maryland offered displays about its history and industries, as well as a restaurant serving local specialties. (CD #56 Set 235 #16)
Walk on the Wharf. On a long, wooden fisherman's wharf are stands selling crab cakes, steamed clams and other Maryland favorites, as well as souvenirs. (CD #35 Set 179 #3)
A small pond in front of the pavilion featured a scale model of the frigate USS Constellation, which is based in Baltimore as a museum ship. (CD #TBD Set 304 #12)