War of 1812

Celebrate the exciting story of America’s “Second War of Independence” also known as the War of 1812.

War's Impact on Prince George's County

Prince Georgians don’t have to go far to rediscover the War of 1812. During the next two years,
M-NCPPC's Department of Parks and Recreation will highlight significant historical and cultural gems to tell the story of the War’s lasting impact on our landscape. Learn about the dramatic events that took place in Prince George’s County as the British marched to Washington, D.C. and burned numerous government buildings including the U.S. Capitol, the Library of Congress and the White House.

Event Overview

There will be a wonderful variety of programs, events, exhibits, re-enactments and living history activities throughout the county for the next two years as we commemorate the people, events and sites that were so important to this war.

Learn about Prince Georgians who participated in the War and the events which played a pivotal role in the War of 1812 at the Battle of Bladensburg Visitor Center located at Bladensburg Waterfront Park, 2601 Annapolis Road in Bladensburg. There is no admission fee at the Visitor Center which is open daily from 10 am-4 pm. There is no admission fee. The Battle of Bladensburg Visitor Center and Bladensburg Waterfront Park are proud to be part of the National Park Service's Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail.

Historical Sites

Prince George’s County has many wonderful historic sites associated with the War of 1812 including:
Many of these sites are open to the public and offer specific programs and exhibits related to the War of 1812. These facilities are not operated by M-NCPPC. Please contact those facilities for
up-to-date information about hours, admissions and scheduled events.

Information Sources

Information on the War of 1812 site were gathered from many partners and other readily available War of 1812 sources. We appreciate and thank the following partners:
  • Maryland State: Star Spangled 200 - official website of the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission
  • Maryland in the War of 1812
  • Maryland State Archives: Maryland in the War of 1812
  • The War of 1812 in the Chesapeake: A Reference Guide to Historic Sites in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia by Ralph Eshelman, Scott S. Sheads and Donald R. Hickey, 2010, John Hopkins University Press, Baltimore
We hope you enjoy your visit to Prince George's County and find many 'historical reasons' to return again.