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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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Bethesda, Maryland
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246 reviews 246 reviews
111 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

One of the most important historical sites in the western hemisphere. The victory of the Union Army here over Robert E. Lee and the confereracy was pivotal in allowing Abraham Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclamation freeing slaves (in theory at least) in the rebel states. The battlefield features a Visitor Center with a movie, museum and interpretive talks by... More

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Concord, New Hampshire
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174 reviews 174 reviews
22 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

like any civil war battlefield there is a sense of sorrow at the awful loss of life, the stupidity of the whole thing. once that is reconciled this nat'l place has a very excellent film about the battle and a very good museum depicting uniforms, weapons, etc. around the area are monuments for the various regiments and units that participated... More

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Butler, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

The movie was well done at the visitors center. Park employees were helpful. Good museum downstairs. The auto tour was great. Would recommend the auto CD. We talked to some people who downloaded the phone app and they said it was good also. Enjoyable day.

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Irvine, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Of the 9 major C/W battlefields I have visited, this one ranks second only to Gettysburg. Like Gettysburg, the NPS has made a conscious effort to restore Antietam to the way it looked on the day of the battle. The farmhouses present then are still here, although I'm sure they have been largely refurbished, with growing crops (soybeans were growing... More

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CAPE COD
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

Antietam National Battlefield is a wonderful Historical Park. Surrounded in the hills and valleys of Sharpsburg Maryland, you'll be pleasantly surprised by how quiet it and peaceful it it. The park is never really crowded and youll find ample time to explore the area without feeling rushed. while you're in the area I suggest you check out Shepherdstown West Virginia.

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Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
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37 reviews 37 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Definitely worth a stop. I went by myself to take in the sights and so glad I did...Just walking around, one can feel the monumental aura encompassing this sight.

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Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

If you are a Civil War buff, its worth the trip to see it. The day we went there was a "run" through the park, so we had to make sure we didn't interfere with the runners etc. Maybe we are spoiled by other battlefields, but there seemed to be a lack of pull offs to read signs, take in... More

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San Antonio
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

We booked a tour guide for this visit. Kevin was our guide for a 2-hour tour. He is young and energetic and able to provide anyone a great overview of the battle. I had visited the Battlefield previously and he showed us the key locations and brought the battle and the men who fought here to life for us. If... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014 via mobile

When you first go to the visitor center, go to the gift shop and inquire about a private guide. They are often available for either a 2 or 3 hour tour of the battlefield. They drive your vehicle, so make sure you have an extra seat available. The charge was $95 for the 3 hour and $65 for the two.... More

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Los Angeles, California
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116 reviews 116 reviews
25 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014 via mobile

We are not big Civil War buffs but being in the area with a chance to see such a historical site was an easy decision. The visitors center & the film shown were very well done. Fabulous views of the battlefield from the roof. The driving tour is well marked & there are so many memorials to look at. Envisioning... More

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