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Antietam National Battlefield

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Address: Maryland Highway 65, Sharpsburg, MD 21782
Phone Number: 13014325124
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8:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Activities: Biking
Description: Site of one of the bloodiest one-day battles of the Civil War.

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The National Park Service does a great job helping visitors understand this bloody battlefield. The rangers at the front desk directed us to various points of interest, and well... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Columbia, Maryland
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Columbia, Maryland
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

The National Park Service does a great job helping visitors understand this bloody battlefield. The rangers at the front desk directed us to various points of interest, and well suggested viewing the film, visiting the museum and the center's overlook to get a good idea of the site and what happened in 1862. My suggestion is to purchase the CD... More 

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Manchester, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Our guide, Joe, was in contact with our school group a couple of months ahead of our tour date. He would email us research he had completed about the various roles that our town had in the battle! He cared enough to do his best to personalize our visit. On the bus after our tour, multiple students (high school aged)... More 

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New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We make a point of stopping at battlefields when we travel. So glad we finally got to stop here. Really powerful. Well laid out and planned for visitors. The half hour movie is a MUST before heading on the self guided driving tour. And I would suggest the museum be done before the driving tour as well. Fills in some... More 

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Lorain, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Antietam is a must see! You can just about imagine how things were in those days and the lines of men coming across the fields to battle. Very well maintained battlefield. The auto tour is great if you only have a couple hours. Lots of information is provided at each stop.

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Saegertown, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We have passed by Antietam many times on our way to Washington, but this time decided to stop and tour the battlefield. We are glad we did. Start at the visitors center, watch the movie and then go to the presentation by a park ranger in a room overlooking the battlefield. Both the movie and the ranger will provide an... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 via mobile

Allow at least 3-4 hours to visit this place. The park is superbly maintained by the National Parks service. A great Visitors Center - the film is very good and during our visit, the talk by Mark in the upstairs observation room was superb. He traced the day's events and the bloody outcome with skill, knowledge and insight. After his... More 

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Carson City, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

As much as it has major historical significance it is not as spectacular as Gettysburg. A lot of crops growing in the fields and there is very little real sense of the original battlefield. They also seemed to have very little marking the confederate position and line of march. It's okay but not a must see. Gettysburg is the must... More 

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Edgewater, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Be sure to see Bloody Lane. Read the signs! Lots to learn. This was a great place to visit. What I liked most was that nothing has changed from 1861 in terms of scenery. Great educational visit for family.

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Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

As a Civil War buff I found the tour of the battlefield to be a great experience. The visitor center film was a nice introduction. We used a cd and did a self guided tour in our car due to the 90 + degree heat, but I would definitely recommend hiring a certified guide to take you around the battlefield... More 

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Lino Lakes, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Humbling experience as was the tour in Gettysburg. The tour guide was way better in Gettysburg. If you only have time to see one, go to Gettysburg. I would certainly suggest viewing both if you have the time. The self-guided car tour was worth the drive for sure.

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