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Mount Olivet Cemetery in Frederick, Maryland is the final resting place for the author of the Star-Spangled Banner, Francis Scott Key. FSK grew up in Frederick County and became a lawyer. After the British burned Washington DC in early September 1814  Dr. William Beanes an acquaintance of FSK was arrested. John S. Skinner, a US government agent for prisoner exchange, asked FSK to accompany him to help secure the release of Dr. Beanes. They were successful in negotiating his release. However the British feared they would divulge their plan to attack Baltimore and detained them on a truce ship during the battle. This is how FSK became an eyewitness to the bombardment of Fort McHenry. In the pre-dawn hours of September 14, 1814, seeing the stars and stripes still flying above the fort inspired FSK to write the poem first titled "The Defence of Fort McHenry".
             Flag that flew over Fort McHenry is on display at the National Museum of American History
Eventually, the poem was put to music and titled "The Star-Spangled Banner".The song became especially popular and a powerful expression of patriotism during the Civil War. In 1861, devastated by the split of the nation, poet Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote a fifth verse to FSK’s song. The verse was included in many of the song’s printings throughout the war. The song was recognized in 1889 by the U.S. Navy, who sang it when raising and lowering the flag, and then President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed by executive order in 1916 for it to be the national anthem. “The Star-Spangled Banner” was officially declared the national anthem by a congressional resolution and signed into law by President Herbert Hoover on March 3, 1931.
Mount Olivet Cemetery is a very special place and final resting place for many notable individuals through out history including both of my parents. If you are a history buff I highly recommend following an employee at Mount Olivet and historian Chris Haugh's blog "Stories in Stone"

Comments (36)

Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Love your story Buzz Mackintosh God Bless America Happy Flag Day 

Jun 14, 2022 05:53 PM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

Happy Flag Day to my two favorite patriots from Philadelphia Hannah Williams & Betsy Ross !🇺🇸 Thanks for stopping by to comment.

Jun 14, 2022 06:26 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Buzz- well done.  When we lived in Leesburg, VA, we took every opportunity we had to visit the Civil War and Revolutionary War sights. I did not know the story of how FSK ended up on the truce ship. 

Jun 14, 2022 06:47 PM
Buzz Mackintosh

 Kathy Streib if you dig a little deeper as Paul Harvey use to say "and now you know the rest of the story"!

Jun 15, 2022 07:32 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

We all seem to have really interesting stories if we dig deep enough into history

Jun 14, 2022 07:23 PM
Buzz Mackintosh

Laura Cerrano I enjoy finding the tid bits that are not widely known, thanks for the comment.

Jun 15, 2022 07:36 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Buzz:

What a special photo and a wonderful history lesson! Glad to see this featured so hopefully more will read it.


Jun 14, 2022 10:13 PM
Buzz Mackintosh

 Jeff Dowler, CRS the FSK Memorial at Mt Olivet Cemetery is a beautiful spot. They had their annual Flag Day history lecture yesterday.

Jun 15, 2022 07:44 AM
Erik Hiss
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty - Worthington, OH
You can trust me for all your real estate needs!

Loved the little history this moring! Love the song through and through.

Jun 15, 2022 05:19 AM
Buzz Mackintosh

Erik Hiss it is a wonderful song and to listen to all the verses that we normally do not hear.

Jun 15, 2022 07:47 AM
Scott Seaton Jr. SLS Home Insp
SLS Home Inspections-Kankakee Will Iroquois Grundy Counties - Bourbonnais, IL
The Home Inspector With a Heart!

Great tip on getting a guided tour. I always take the guided tours at destinations. The guides will know so many cool facts you'd never get from the sign out front.

Jun 15, 2022 05:36 AM
Buzz Mackintosh

Very true the local guides always give you "the rest of the story"!

Jun 15, 2022 07:48 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Buzz,

Had we not had this challenge I might not have learned about all that history in your neck-o-the-woods!  Thank you for this fabulous bit of history.

Jun 15, 2022 07:07 AM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® Thanks for reading and commenting !

Jun 15, 2022 07:49 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Excellent, personal post for the June Challenge.  Great history lesson, too!  

Jun 15, 2022 03:35 PM
Buzz Mackintosh

Thanks Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ  , I've really enjoyed this challenge as I'm surrounded with great material where I live!

Jun 15, 2022 06:20 PM
Aura Alex
Seattle, WA
Retired Real Estate Pro

The Star-Spangled Banner - the most beautiful song I have heard in the last 50 years! The only song I know that never "ages!" 

Jun 15, 2022 04:05 PM
Buzz Mackintosh

So very true Aura Alex

Jun 15, 2022 06:21 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Those are nice pictures, Buzz.  I had to smile at the 3 cent stamp.  I remember as a kid, postage being that price.  I also remember when Mom and Dad had a fit when the price of a stamp raised to 5 cents.

Jun 16, 2022 04:00 AM
Buzz Mackintosh

Those prices keep climbing Myrl Jeffcoat, Thanks for the feature in the OFC

Jun 16, 2022 08:07 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Buzz, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Jun 16, 2022 04:01 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Buzz, very cool post, and have not ever been to Mount Olivet Cemetery, even though I lived fairly close years ago.

Jun 16, 2022 07:15 AM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

There are many famous historical people interred at Mt Olivet including my parents and some distant relatives. Thanks for reading Joan Cox

Jun 16, 2022 08:05 AM
Ricardo Mello
Manhattan Miami Real Estate - Manhattan, NY
Manhattan & Miami Real Estate Agent

Excellent post!

Jun 18, 2022 10:49 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

I liked your post Buzz Mackintosh 

There is so much history surrounding the American Flag and what it stands for. I am glad to have read the story you presented.

Jun 20, 2022 04:13 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Buzz Mackintosh - thank you for the history lesson about Flag Day. I sure with this was a Federal Holiday. 

Jun 20, 2022 06:17 PM
Ben DeHaven
Haven Realty & Investments - Winter Haven, FL
Proudly serving Winter Haven & Lakeland, Florida

Thanks for sharing with us Buzz! Have yourself a great day. 


Jun 22, 2022 06:53 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Buzz what an awesome post and ironically I did not get pinged to this post, then to boot I did not even see it in the Featured post... now with that said so glad you wrote this and I am thrilled that it got Featured, Endre

Jun 27, 2022 11:05 PM