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Antietam National Battlefield

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Address: 5831 Dunker Church Rd., Sharpsburg, MD 21782
Phone Number: +1 301-432-5124
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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

The Bloodiest One Day Battle in American History: 23,000 soldiers were...

The Bloodiest One Day Battle in American History: 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or missing after twelve hours of savage combat on September 17, 1862. The Battle of Antietam ended the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia's first invasion into the North and led to Abraham Lincoln's issuance of the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.

Antietam National Battlefield is located in western Maryland, 10 miles south of Hagerstown in Washington County. The best place to start your visit is at the park visitor center. The GPS address for the visitor center is 5831 Dunker Church Road, Sharpsburg, Maryland, 21782. We have brochures, museum exhibits, a film, a museum store, and park rangers and volunteers on duty to help you get oriented. The battlefield is approximately 3,000 acres that you can explore in your car or by walking.

Operating Hours & Seasons: Open All Year, The Visitor Center is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Park Grounds are open daylight hours. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day

The park has an entrance fee of $5.00 Per Person (age 16 or older; 15 and under FREE) or $10.00 Per Vehicle.

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A Humbling Experience

As a history buff, this battlefield was humbling. With places named things like "the bloody cornfield," "the bloody wheat field," and "bloody lane," it's easy to become... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

As a history buff, this battlefield was humbling. With places named things like "the bloody cornfield," "the bloody wheat field," and "bloody lane," it's easy to become speechless. It's definitely a place I want to visit again, but next time with a battlefield guide.

Thank Casey T
Ashburn, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited this iconic national park on a pleasant winter afternoon. Starting with a great 30 minute movie for context we viewed a small museum and a panoramic viewing deck before taking the driving tour. It was midweek in the winter so we had no crowding. The history of this site is often lost but it hosted the largest loss of... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The climb up the tower is worth the effort. Great historical perspective is gained by visiting the various stopping points on a simple road tour. So much happened in such a small area.

Thank Alan S
Akron, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

The Battle at Antietam must have been a bloddy mess. The two Armies maneuvered around one another several times there and there are many different features in the landscape. I recommend climbing the tower in the middle of the field to have a better sense of the fighting that took place there. There is not much in the visitors center.... More 

Thank KevanF
Bristow, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

Start at the visitor's center and get a map. The small museum and video presentation help to orientate you and gives you a quick historical overview of the battles that were fought. The drive through the park is informative and well marked. If the weather is good and you like to hike this is a beautiful place to walk and... More 

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Williamstown NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

We went to Antietam with the Boy Scouts to visit Civil War Battlefields. We were privileged we went the weekend of illuminaries. It was awesome but sad to see all the lights for every soldier who died during the battle. We helped set up the luminaries. We went on a 10 mile hike around the battle to see major landmarks.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

Perfect way to spend a Summer day. Just as good for pure nature alone, assuming you're not interested in Civil War history.

Thank Nigel D
Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015 via mobile

The most poinient and personally moving historical memorial I've ever experienced! 23,110 luminiaries each representing a casualty from one single day of battle, spread over miles of some of the most well kept National Parks in America. It begins early in the day when volunteers from all over the area come to help set up. Later thousands of spectators come... More 

Thank Emma C
Shepherdstown, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

Personally I really enjoy walking my big dog across these great rolling spaces. Battle Fields, Civil War history, not so much.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015 via mobile

Enjoyed the peaceful quite of the battlefield. Great place to hike or bike around. Have been here many times and always look forward to going back.

Thank RFissel

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