Where inspiration was sewn Opened to the public in 1928, the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House and Museum preserves the historic 1793 structure and interprets the life of Mary Young Pickersgill, a nineteenth-century female entrepreneur and craftswoman of the Star-Spangled Banner Flag that inspired the National Anthem. In 1927, the historic structure was purchased by Baltimore City with the intent to preserve the house for future generations as the birthplace of the Star-Spangled Banner flag, and in 1970 it was named a National Historic Landmark. Need an activity or lesson? Click HERE for our educational resources page. Please read the Flag House’s COVID-19 response.