Local company helps recreate giant Old Glory

A York County company is working on a very big flag to help celebrate a major milestone in America's history

In September 1813, the Battle of Baltimore waged on, but one symbol stood tall. It was a giant American flag sewn by hand.

Now 200 years later, the state of Maryland hopes to recreate it. But you can't just run out to any old fabric store for this project. So, the historical society turned to “Family Heirloom Weavers” in Red Lion, which specializes in reproducing historical fabrics.

“It's going to be just like the original,” said Patrick Kline of Family Heirloom Weavers, “30 some feet by 40 feet. The red and white stripes are two feet wide. It's quite a big flag. The whole weaving process doing the 112-115 yards of red, 112-115 yards of white, and the 75 yards of blue took us about 2 weeks.”

Machines that have been around for dozens of years still run to weave every thread for Old Glory.

“It's definitely an honor,” said Kline, “It's really cool that everybody in the community is so interested in it.”

So the Star-Spangled Banner will wave yet again, over the land of the free, and home of the brave. It will also once again serve as a symbol of a key piece of American history.

“When I saw it last, it was rolls of fabric,” said Kline, “When I see it all assembled it's probably going to give me a little chill up my spine.”

The York County business has finished its last roll of fabric. It will be sent to Maryland on Monday.

The Maryland Historical Society is looking for volunteers to help sew the flag in August. It will fly at the Defender's Day celebration at Fort McHenry on September 14th. For more information, visit http://www.mdhs.org/events/stitching-history


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