To be considered a historical landmark, buildings must be at least 50 years old and contain at least one Founding Father's skeleton. Feel history in your bones with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $8 for two admissions and $5 worth of gift-shop purchases (up to a $21 value)
- $20 for a one-year family membership (a $40 value)
Along with admission to the house, pairs of guests receive $5 to spend on trinkets such as crab mallets ($4) or reproduced historic coins ($15) at the gift shop. Admission is free for children aged 6 and younger.
Membership benefits for each family member include year-round free admission to the house and its special exhibitions, invitations to members-only events, and discounts on tours, events, and gift-shop purchases.
Star-Spangled Banner Flag House
The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House was built in 1793, originally owned by the Young-Pickersgill family. Mary Pickersgill, maker of the Star-Spangled Banner Flag, is among the historical figures portrayed. Mary and her family—including her mother, Rebecca Young, and her apprentice, Grace Wisher—describe life in the 19th century and how Mary stitched the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key's poem and the national anthem.
After exploring the house on 30- to 40-minute self-guided or docent-led tours, guests can learn about America's defense of the Chesapeake Bay against the British navy, which culminated in the battle that inspired Key's verse. The first floor's permanent exhibition gallery focuses on that defense with artifacts such as a drum used by an American soldier during the bombardment of Ft. McHenry. Kid attendees, meanwhile, can head over to the Discovery Gallery to whip up a pretend meal at a replica of the Flag House kitchen or design their own flag to string up on the gallery's flagpole.