Saturday, the folks drove to Baltimore to visit The Flag House. The Flag House is the house that Mary Pickersgill lived in. She is the lady that sewed the Star Spangled Banner Flag. It is the flag that flew over Fort McHenry. We told you about that last week. Here is the post if you missed it: Visit To Fort McHenry.
The Flag House was built in 1793. Mary began living there in 1806. Visitors are allowed to take a tour of the house. There is also a museum on the same property which includes a short video about Mary and the flag. Admission is $8 a person. Mom didn't consider that bad because it includes a parking permit. The folks would have had to pay to park if they hadn't parked next to the museum.
|The Flag House|
|This is the museum. The windows represent the true size of the flag that Mary made. The flag originally measured 30 by 42 feet. Each of the fifteen stripes is 2 feet wide, and each of the stars measures about 2 feet in diameter|
|Scraps of material from the actual flag.|
|Dishes that belonged to the family.|
|This flag is a re-creation. It was made out of wool though and when it was put on the flag pole, it bent it. It now just sits on a table collecting dust.|
|This was the office in the house. Mary and her mother were both widows. It was rare for women to work during this time period and even more rare for a woman to own a business.|
|The master bedroom which also served as the room where they made flags. It was on the 2nd floor of the house.|
After they toured the house, Dad wanted to eat at a restaurant that he really liked when he was in Baltimore last winter. The decor needs updating, but the food is good.
Since it was his 50th birthday, he decided to splurge and order two meals. He ordered a crab cake and also blackened scallops. He said both were excellent.
|Blackened Scallops and coleslaw. Mom ate the coleslaw.|
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