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The War of 1812 - A new American nation under fire!

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June 2, 2012 – July 15, 2012
The War of 1812 - A new American nation under fire!




WAR OF 1812

A New American Nation Under Fire


It is a war that has been called "forgotten," a war fought despite its cause having been resolved, a war that continued months after its peace treaty was signed and ratified.  Few conflicts have ever been so open to interpretation, and yet the causes, battles and consequences of the War of 1812 remain unfamiliar to many.

Through the generous support of our sponsor, Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank, the Custom House Maritime Museum invites you to explore and discover this conflict that both challenged a young American nation, and holds intimate connections to Newburyport.

 The Constitution and the Guerriere



The US Frigate Constitution engages HMS Guerriere and earns a legendary nickname -- an encounter based upon a tip provided by a Newburyport Privateer


The Burned Capital



 Washington DC is burned by a British expeditionary force seeking revenge.  In the aftermath, a young architect is inspired by the notion of fireproof construction, which he demonstrates in Newburyport.


Star Spangled Banner



Raised over Fort McHenry on the morning of September 14, 1814, to signal American victory over the British in the Battle of Baltimore, the sight inspired Francis Scott Key to write “The Star-Spangled Banner”

Explore "Our Flag Was Still There" on the museum's new interactive multi-media kiosk.



JUNE 2 through  JULY 15

War of 1812 at the Custom House Maritime Museum

PROUDLY SPONSORED BYNewburyport Five Cents Savings Bank
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