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“A nice pristine unfortunately encroached by development.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Monocacy National Battlefield

Monocacy National Battlefield
4801 Urbana Pike, Frederick, MD
(301) 662-3515
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Ranked #8 of 23 Attractions in Frederick
Type: Military Museums, National Parks, Museums, Nature & Parks
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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.
Kharkiv, Ukraine
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“A nice pristine unfortunately encroached by development.”
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 little more enthusiastic about someone coming to spend their time and money there. He didn't say a single word to me the entire time I was there! Otherwise. I enjoyed it and wouldn't mind visiting again.

Visited August 2013
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Houston, Texas
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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!

Visited November 2013
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“A "must see" for Civil War and history buffs.”
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 very different if the outcome of this battle had been otherwise. The battlefield is very well interpreted and many of the locations, despite encroachment by Frederick and I 270, look much as they did at the time of the battle. MNB has a very modern Visitor Center, which has been designed to look like a barn in order to blend with its surroundings. The staff are very friendly and knowledgable, and the museum includes detailed descriptions of the battle, an electric map and numerous artifacts. There is also a very nice little shop with a great selection of relevant books. They offer a self-guided driving tour of the main battlefield locations and several excellent walking trails. The walking trails are highly recommended as that is really the best way to see any battlefield. To make your visit even better, you can download an excellent mobile app that includes descriptive text, audio clips, maps and video clips. No admission fee is charged, so you can't beat the value. Overall, MNB is a "must see", especially for Civil War and history buffs. If you're in the area, make sure you stop by - you'll be glad you did!

Visited August 2013
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“Great new museum and displays”
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.

Visited June 2013
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“Not just Washington was saved, but a Nation”
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, but taking the time to read, view & listen on the upper level, one hour & half could rapidly pass by.

The self auto tour of all five stops can add another hour. One staff member had me stand by the window facing FR.335 to show & tell me where to turn toward each stop. A visitor will only find three states with monuments dedicated to these states, New Jersey, Vermont & Pennsylvania.

At the Worthington House there two trails, Possibly part of the battle may been close to the trails. I walked the 1.9 mile Brooks Hill Loop Trail. If a person walks this trail, the best footwear is a pair of hiking or work boots. They should start up by the right side of the Worthington House. To keep a visitor on the trail, blue paint has been painted on the sides of trees to keep a person from straying off the trail

The Gambrill Mill has an all wooden above ground walkway. This walkway will lead to two information stands about the Burning of Monocacy Bridge to slow down the rebel advance. Also is the Desperate Escape of Union soldiers over the railroad bridge.

The size should not be a factor about a visit. Think history & time. My visit lasted about four hours. This included the complete up stairs, where I read, viewed, photographed & listened to recordings. I toured all five auto stops, with The Gambrill Mill & New Jersey monuments being the best stops. Be careful at the New Jersey monument, because a driver can't see traffic coming down hill on R 335.

A visit is recommended.

Jack L., Syracuse, New York.

Visited July 2013
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