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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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Quick early winter visit

We only had two hours to dedicate to the battlefield but we found the video very helpful, the park ranger was terrific!!!!, and the car tour was enlightening. The cemetery... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Wayne H
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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Lewisburg, West Virginia
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My parents especially really enjoy history so this was an interesting place. I find the stories very interesting but the scenery was really beautiful the day we were there.

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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We only had two hours to dedicate to the battlefield but we found the video very helpful, the park ranger was terrific!!!!, and the car tour was enlightening. The cemetery reminded me of Gettysburg.

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Long Valley, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We decided to tour the Antietam Battlefields since we happened to be in the area. Being a history buff, I knew I would enjoy it and I did. The tour started in the museum with a 30 minute film. The film was excellently produced and very informative. After that, we visited the rooms with artifacts from the battle. It was... More 

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Charles Town, West Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I live 40 minutes from this battlefield and have visited this historic site many times. Yesterday was a beautiful day and I took family who had never been before. I highly recommend planning your trip around a Ranger talk. You can call and ask what time the talks will be that day. Make sure you see the movie which runs... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 850 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Antietam National Battlefield near Sharpsburg, Maryland, is one of our favorite stops along the Civil War trail. It is a short drive from Gettysburg, close to Harpers Ferry and another short drive to the Shenandoah Valley. Antietam isn't as large nor as crowded as Gettysburg. Situated in a pastoral and pristine setting along Antietam Creek, the town and battlefield haven't... More 

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Harker Heights
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Toured Gettysburg last week (5th trip) and did my 3rd Antietam tour this last weekend. You can get a good sense of the ebb and flow of battle just using the National Park brouchure. But this time I purchased the CD tour at the giftshop ($24) and felt it was money well spent. It is easy to navigate the battlefield... More 

Thank David W
Sharpsburg, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I actually just stopped by again just a few days ago on the 9th of November. I like to go through during the changing seasons and enjoy it's many different phases. The battlefield is rich in history and lore, and a few good ole' ghost stories. Prominent point that stand out are Bloody Lane and the enigmatic watchtower lookout. It's... More 

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Salisbury, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This trip to the battlefield was hampered a little by construction at the Burnside bridge and tower but it was still a good trip. Mostly because of the helpfulness of the staff there. My wife who stepped in a patch of poison oak at the Otto house, was relieved and comforted by the young man who helped her by giving... More 

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Gardnerville, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My great grandfather was in a battle nearby, so we decided to go to Antietam. We were not disappointed. Everything is very well marked and there are information plaques to explain everything. We took our time, walked a little and did the driving tour. We were impressed. After spending a few hours here, we still didn't see the museum and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our daughter is interested in the Civil War. On our way back from DC we decided to make a detour and stop at that battlefield. The area is so peaceful now and out of nowhere. It is hard to imagine that once upon a time a battle was held there in farmlands involving hundred of thousand soldiers and where over... More 

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