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Address: 5831 Dunker Church Rd., Sharpsburg, MD 21782
Phone Number: +1 301-432-5124
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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Great self guided tour

Relaxing self guided driving tour of the battlefield was great. Bought the dvd. It also came with an iPhone app that was handy when I was walking around outside the car. Well... read more

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Glenelg, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This civil war burial ground is a sobering reminder of how many died. Graves go on for acres - the site is well maintained, the information signs are clear and informative. Particularly impressive is the annual luminaries - this year December 3, 2016 - where a candle is lit for each of the fallen.

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Lake Odessa, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were headed home from a weekend in Washington DC when we stopped at the MD welcome center for a break. Inside the welcome center, a lady approached me and asked if I was a fan of history. Definitely. She asked if I knew that I was only 20 minutes away the Antietam Battlefield (I did not). So after talking... More 

Thank Michael-John W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Relaxing self guided driving tour of the battlefield was great. Bought the dvd. It also came with an iPhone app that was handy when I was walking around outside the car. Well worth the price of the DVD.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We started our tour with the film in the visitor centre and then did a self drive round the battlefield site using the NPS map to navigate. It is a much smaller site than Gettysburg. We got out of the car at each point of interest on the map. There were plenty of parking spaces at each site. One of... More 

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Water Valley, Mississippi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The volunteer guides were friendly, knowledgable and helpful. We took the auto tour ourselves. Plenty of room to park and explore the sites. It was not crowded. The museum was less than expected. We spent 3 hours.

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Oakmont, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Your visit begins at the modern Visitors' Center where you can watch a 26 minute film orienting you to the site. There is a small museum and well stocked gift shop. A two hour guided tour by a National Park Ranger is offered, but I chose to follow the well marked, eleven stop drive yourself tour. The free guide explained... More 

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Bedminster, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Smaller, and easier to navigate than Gettysburg. Exceptionally well maintained grounds. The brief movie in the visitors center provides an excellent overview, and should not be missed. The museum, though modest, has some really special exhibits, and also provides an excellent narrative if you take some time (which you should). Gift shop is friendly, and covers all the bases. We... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited on a day trip while in DC. I was there on September 18th (only one day after the anniversary) 2014. That combined with the fact that Antietam is perhaps one of the least commercially developed battlefields in the world, meant that it was basically just as the soldiers experienced it in 1862. The drive out was a beautiful country... More 

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Newbern, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Antietam is one of the most hallowed battlefields of the Civil War. It is where the Civil War could have ended. It is where the bloodiest single-day action of the war took place. It is the Union victory that allowed Abraham Lincoln to have the political leeway to issue his Emancipation Proclamation. Take time to learn before you go, or... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not to be missed even if you aren't really into the Civil War. Either pack a lunch or drive 10 minutes to Boonsboro(?) for lunch as there is little in Sharpsburg. BUT you definitely should go to Nutters Ice Cream shop in Sharpsburg!!!!!

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