1812 still a priority for locals
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 12:09

Plans being made despite focus on city

by Ben Boehl

While the celebration of the War of 1812 is in full swing, most of the attention has been in Baltimore City. The weekend of June 15 was filled with the Sailabration as ships entered into the Baltimore Harbor and the sky was electrified with the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels.
    However; the Dundalk area only saw those blue jets fly over our area on the way to the Inner Harbor.
    On Monday, the National Park Service officially launched the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail in Fells Point.    
    That trail starts at Fort McHenry and goes into Fells Point and other part sof Baltimore, but comes back through Eastwood down North Point Road to Fort Howard. No celebration for the trail is being held in the North Point area.
    “I believe that we will be assisting with a trail launch event in Baltimore County.  As yet, I have no details,” said Cindy Chase of the National Park Service.
    Harry Young, member of the Dundalk-Patapsco Neck Historical Society, said he has heard from the National Park Service and there are plans for a development of a historical  water trail in the Bear Creek area that would include historical markers.
    “I’ve talked to the National Park Service and they called us with information. The trail won’t take place until 2013,” Young said “We support it, but you can’t see the battlefield from Bear Creek.”
    Young told The Eagle last week that he had given up all hope of seeing an upgrade to the Battle Acre historic site, located off North Point Road in Charlesmont. This site is where American forces defeated British troops and helped win the Battle of Baltimore.    
    After reading comments from a Baltimore County spokesperson saying that the county is still seeking funds for a restoration, Young still has no hope.
    “This is the same response we have gotten the last five years. We’ve pulled out (of Battle Acre) and we are going to focus on other opportunities,” Young said. “Even if they get the money from the state legislators, we couldn’t spend it until July (2013) and we would be halfway through the bicentennial. It would be too late.”
    So far, the North Point-Dundalk community has been treated to a Battle of North Point exhibit at the Dundalk-Patapsco Neck Historical Society. Young said there will be more events in 2014 — the actual bicentennial of the Battle of North Point.
    This year, like every year, the community is invited out to Defenders Day on Sept. 2 at Fort Howard Park with the reenactment of the Battle of North Point from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Reenactments take place at 1:15 and 4 p.m.
    “We will still have our standard reenactment, but we are bringing in the Naval Band on Sept. 15,” Young added.
    The United States Naval Academy Marching Band will perform at Dundalk High School on that date from 7 to 9 p.m. The event is free, but seating is first-come, first-served.
    Young hopes to work with area schools to educate about and to celebrate the War of 1812, and has also partnered with a local theatre group.
    “We will also be working with The Sky Is the Limit Theatre on the production of the play Never Prod a Hornet (a play about the War of 1812),” Young added.