Joseph Nicholson Home Site and Bandstand

Joseph Nicholson Home Site and Bandstand (HM173P)

Location: Annapolis, MD 21402 Anne Arundel County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 58.923', W 76° 29.112'

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The Naval War of 1812 in Annapolis

— Don't Give Up The Ship —

In 1814 when Francis Scott Key wrote the words to the poem "The Defense of Fort McHenry," his wife's sister and brother-in-law lived in a house on this site. The poem quickly became famous when it was set to music and re-titled "The Star-Spangled Banner." The Nicholsons preserved an original copy of the poem in their house. After the house was removed to expand the Naval Academy, it was decided to place a bandstand nearby so that the Naval Academy Band could play "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the site. This perpetuated the history of the site and its association with the music that officially became the United States national anthem by act of Congress in 1931.

This is the third bandstand on the site and dates from 1922.
HM NumberHM173P
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Date Added Sunday, September 28th, 2014 at 10:22pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 371358 N 4315833
Decimal Degrees38.98205000, -76.48520000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 58.923', W 76° 29.112'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 58' 55.38" N, 76° 29' 6.72" W
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Area Code(s)410, 443
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 121 Blake Rd, Annapolis MD 21402, US
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