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Antietam National Battlefield

Maryland Highway 65, Sharpsburg, MD
303-432-5124
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Ranked #1 of 12 attractions in Sharpsburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Battlefields, Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas
Activities: Biking
Description: Site of one of the bloodiest one-day battles of the Civil War.
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Mechanicsville, Virginia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

Park service employee was very knowledgeable about history of Antietam Battlefield! We had our 17 yr old son with us and we wanted him to learn as much as possible about where his great-grandfather fought during the Civil War. Would recommend this battlefield to everyone.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

It was so peaceful and serene that it was hard to imagine the battle that took place there. The film in the Visitor Center was informative and worth watching before you actually walk in the park itself. We spent a long time walking and examining all the monuments. Well worth your time.

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Durham, North Carolina
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315 reviews 315 reviews
183 attraction reviews
163 helpful votes 163 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

My husband is the Civil War buff in the family. I enjoyed looking at the farms that are still on the battlefield (Poffenberger farm, Otto farm, Mumma farm, Piper farm). The farms are not open to the public (and some are still working farms) but I loved just looking at them from the road and looking them up and reading... More

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Canton, Ohio
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46 reviews 46 reviews
6 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

A very nice national park well run and well maintained. Watched the short 26 minute film on the battle at Antietam Creek. There was a couple hour talk and driving tour given by a park ranger Keith Snyder. Keith was very good in his description of the battles at Antietam and answered all of the questions asked by the visitors.... More

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Roanoke, Virginia, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Visiting the battlefields is a great way to spend an afternoon. My only advice is to read up on the war before you visit for a better appreciation of the sites/history

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Seattle
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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I purposely planned on coming to Antietam a bit before dusk so that I could maximize the amazing sinking light for my photos (the park closes at dark)...what was extraordinary is that we were the only ones there...this huge battlefield where the bloodiest day in our military history took place and we were all alone...it was so intense and emotional... More

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Hamilton, Indiana
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Sit in the Dunkard Church at the edge of the battlefield and meditate on every soldiers' willingness to serve for Freedom. We didn't learn enough in school about this battle. The town needs grants and direction to build upon it's historic heritage.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We borrowed a CD and did a 2 hour driving tour of Antietam. Until you drive you cannot grasp the scope of the terrain on which so much blood was spilled. The initial Ranger talk was also interesting but we skipped the movie as we watched the DVD in our room prior to our visit. The visitors center is the... More

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Derby, CT
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15 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I have visited Antietam on multiple occasions as a Civil War Historian. This visit was particularly special as it was the 150th commemoration of the battle of Antietam or Sharpsburg. The visit have many re-enactor, a lovely program. Guests of honor include Edward Bearrs and James McPherson. 23,000 souls, blue and gray were lost in a one day battle. The... More

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Boonsboro, Maryland
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

A remarkably well preserved field. The key points of the battle are all relatively close together, and with a few fifteen to twenty minute walks, you can see the important spots . This is not a field where you will spend most of your visit in the car. There are great trails, with informative signs that reconstruct the battle. If... More

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