200th Anniversary of the Battle of Ft. McHenry

After burning the Nation’s capital, the British head north to Baltimore and stay there from Sept 11-17, 1814. From Sept 13-14, 1814, Fort McHenry was under attack. It was during that time that F.S. Key wrote the Star Spanglaed Banner. There are many activities taking place this year throughout Maryland in remembrance of this (second) War of Independence from Britain.

http://starspangled200.org/Pages/Home.aspx

Today is the Anniversary of the creation of the District of Columbia

On July 9, 1790, Congress passed the Residence Act, which approved the creation of a national capital on the Potomac River. The exact location was to be selected by President George Washington, who signed the bill into law on July 16. Formed from land donated by the states of Maryland and Virginia, the initial shape of the federal district was a square measuring 10 miles (16 km) on each side, totaling 100 square miles (260 km2).

From Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington,_dc

 

Sarah Louise Rittenhouse

Statue: Sarah Louise Rittenhouse Sundial
Location: Montrose Park, R Street near 31st, NW (Georgetown)
Dedication: November 9, 1956
Cost: Donated. Funds raised by Georgetown Garden Club

At the entrance to Montrose Park there is a statue with a sundial placed in tribute to Sarah Louise Rittenhouse. The sundial was dedicated on November 9, 1956.

Montrose Park and the adjacent Dumbarton Park are managed by the National Park Service. Montrose Park became a park because Sarah Louise Rittenhouse petitioned Congress to buy the acreage for $110,000. Dumbarton Park was a gift to the National Park Service by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss.