National Anthem Leaves Home for First Time in 200 Years

National Park Service

The original manuscript of "The Star-Spangled Banner" written by Francis Scott Key will leave Baltimore for the first time in nearly 200 years. The handwritten poem will make a quick stop at an event in nearby Annapolis, Md. before being transported to its birthplace, Fort McHenry, where tourists will be able to see it for the next three months.