BALTIMORE (WJZ) — An important part of history has been restored. Cannons that were a part of the War of 1812 are now on display in Patterson Park.
Tracey Leong has the details.
After being off of the hill for about a year, these refurbished pieces of history are back lining the park. The project is the final piece of Baltimore’s War of 1812 bicentennial commemoration.
Those cannons played a key role in protecting Americans from the threat of the British invasion by land and sea in the Battle of Baltimore during the War of 1812.
“Starting to show corrosion and deterioration,” said Jennifer Robinson, Friends of Patterson Park.
Placed in the park 100 years ago, the cannons were starting to show their age and, after a year-long restoration project, they’re back and better than ever.
“We have heard nothing but positive to the restoration. People are really excited how great they look and they love the new bases and the stands,” Robinson said.
Robinson is the executive director of the Friends of Patterson Park. She says these serve as a reminder of the American victory and what inspired Francis Scott Key to write our national anthem. A simple stroll through the park and you can have a touch of history right at your fingertips—some of them date as far back as the 1600s.
“I am grateful that the children in this area can experience this. It’s only a walk away for the kids and that’s what is important,” said Stacia Huff.
Huff walks through the park daily and is happy to see these cannons back.
“Really, we’re missing a part of that park,” she said.
Visitors are able to look out from the cannons where Baltimoreans once stood during the battle more than 200 years ago.
“One of the pieces of our mission is to make sure the park is preserved for future generations,” Robinson said.
Organizers are hoping they’ll hold up for at least another century. This restoration project cost $75,000, a majority coming from donations and grants. The Friends of Patterson Park still need $15,000 more to fully fund it. For more information on how to donate, click here.