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Monocacy National Battlefield

4801 Urbana Pike, Frederick, MD
(301) 662-3515
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Ranked #3 of 8 activities in Frederick
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: National Parks, Military Museums
Owner description: This key Civil War battlefield marked the last push north by Confederates in 1864. Although it's seen as a confederate victory, this advance on... more » Owner description: This key Civil War battlefield marked the last push north by Confederates in 1864. Although it's seen as a confederate victory, this advance on Washington, D.C. was brought to a hault by the forces led by Major General Lew Wallace, U.S. Army. « less
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Nanchong, China
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33 reviews 33 reviews
28 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

This was a nice little battlefield to visit especially due to it's significance in saving Washington! It appeared very pristine and would best by seen thoroughly by bicycle. It would be nice to see a little more of the surrounding battlefield enveloped into the park's property area. Also, the ranger working the desk at the visitors center could seem a... More

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Houston, Texas
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38 reviews 38 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

Outstanding job at this Visitor's Center! This is a small battlefield, but one of the best I have been to.....exhibits are very well displayed and are very educational. Interesting! There are five auto stops that are easy to find if you follow the directions on the brochure. Enjoyable stop for all family members, even those not "into" battlefields!

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Kingston, Canada
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013 via mobile

Lying as it does in the shadows of nearby Gettysburg and Antietam, Monocacy National Battlefield (MNB) is easy to overlook, but doing so would be a mistake. Also known as the "Battle that Saved Washington", this was a very important Civil War battle - it is safe to say that the United States as we know it today might be... More

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Lawrenceville, GA
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118 reviews 118 reviews
48 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

This is a very nice and seemingly new visitor's center and museum with great displays and explanations of a complicated battle during the Civil War. We spent an hour exploring the visitor's center and another hour exploring the battlefield drive. The land is beautiful in the area and it is a short drive into Frederick for dinner.

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East Syracuse, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

If Jubal Early had been the victor one day sooner, Washington could have been in rebel hands. However General Lew Wallace's delaying action allowed reinforcements to arrive in time to defend Washington, keeping us a nation of ONE. The M.B.F. is very small compared to Antietam & Gettysburg. A complete visit to the museum will only last about 45 minutes,... More

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Tampa, Florida
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

While tracing the path of Gen Jubal Early's July 1864 March on Washington, we visited Monocacy. We really enjoyed the visitor center and the upstairs museum there. I think our whole group stocked up on the Monocacy t-shirts as well. The museum up stairs really is about the two events that occurred at Monocacy. The main aspect is the 1864... More

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Birmingham, UK
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76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

I have a passing interest in the Civil War and had never visited Monocacy. The NPS Rangers I spoke to were very informative and the auto tour was excellent. I stopped at the Worthington Farm (stop 3 on the auto tour) and walked both the Ford and Brooks Hill Loops. The Ford Loop was nice as it was covered with... More

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100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

The visitors center is small but well worth the visit and has a upstairs viewing area giving a good view of the area. The exhibits give a good overview of the battlefield and the field where the famous "lost orders" were found. The battlefield driving tour was good but I did find a lack of signs for some of the... More

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Reno, Nevada
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39 reviews 39 reviews
14 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

A very easy self-driven tour around a very significant - yet almost anonymous - battlefield (The battle that saved Washington). The visitor center is first class (don't miss the interactive battlefield map). The two staff members were extraordinarily helpful

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Frederick, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

Loaded up the car with my son and his friends and had a great day! My son had been there on a field trip with his class and really wanted to go back.

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