Press Information

The upcoming Commemoration is an exciting time for the communities involved and the entire Anacostia Trails Heritage Area.  The communities, governmental, and non-profit groups involved are thrilled at the increased attention for the region and for the chance to tell the unique story about this time. We are looking for media partners who are interested in this story and helping us tell it in an effective way.


Our primary media contact is Aaron Marcavitch, Executive Director of the Anacostia Trails Heritage Area Inc. at 301-887-0777 or


Several articles on the War of 1812 Bicentennial include:

Washington Business Journal – “For War of 1812 events, the key is spicing up a ‘boring’ subject”

Atlantic Monthly – “The Series of Improbably Events That Gave Us ‘The Star Spangled Banner'”

WJZ 13 (CBS) – “Star Spangled Banner Trail Follows War of 1812” 

Parade Magazine – “Five Surprising Facts About Francis Scott Key and ‘The Star Spangled Banner'”

The Diamondback – “State commemorates War of 1812 involvement with banner trail launch” – “The British View the War of 1812 Quite Differently Than Americans Do” 

Washington Post – “Star-Spangled Banner Historic Trail follows War of 1812 battles”

Washington Post – “Memorializing Defeat at Bladensburg that lead to eventual victory

Washington Post – “The War of 1812, Still seeking a little respect”

Washington Post – “1812, The Forgotten War” (KidsPost)

Washington Post – 1812 Children’s Books and Websites (KidsPost)


Gazette – “Bladensburg battles to preserve historic home”

Gazette – “Battle of Bladensburg monument molding its way to fruition”

Gazette – “Port Towns leaders call for improved infrastructure, more transportation options”

Gazette – “Warship excavation planned near Upper Marlboro”

Gazette – “Upper Marlboro seeks input on historic school’s fate”

Gazette – “Upcoming documentary showcases local battles, paints broader picture

Gazette – “Sunken ship may contain piece of Bladensburg history

Gazette – “Green project, 1812 bicentennial preparations top Port Towns’ priorities

Gazette – “Montgomery, other counties ramp up to grab tourism dollars

Gazette – “Officials tell park service they want comprehensive trail

Gazette – “Reliving the battle

Riverdale Park Patch – “Riversdale Set to Celebrate the Bicentennial of the War of 1812

Riverdale Park Patch – “Residents experience a 200 year old battle

Riverdale Park Patch – “Photo Gallery” (2010 Riversdale Encampment)

Time – “War of 1812: A Naval Turning Point”

WBAL TV (Channel 11) – Star Spangled 200 (Video)


Be sure to grab the Prince George's County Conference & Visitors Bureau's Visitors Guide - which has a great item on the War of 1812!

Have you visited our Undaunted Shop yet? A dollar of your purchase goes to the work we are doing to commemorate the 200th anniversary. There are some great things to buy!