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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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Compared to the bustle and crowds at nearby Gettysburg, this place is quiet. But it is as compelling a place as us to be found in America in one of the most picturesque settings... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Compared to the bustle and crowds at nearby Gettysburg, this place is quiet. But it is as compelling a place as us to be found in America in one of the most picturesque settings imaginable. A must fo Rd serious Civil War travelers.

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Gettysburg, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I toured the Antietam Battlefield last week on a tour bus from the Retirement Community in which I live. I am not much of a history buff, let alone Civil War buff, but I thought it would be a nice trip. I was in for a surprise! We had John as our guide for our 4 hour tour of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My family and I were in nearby Shepherdstown, WVA for the weekend and we decided to stop at Antietam which is about a 5 minute drive from Shepherdstown. We went to the visitor center and were just in time for a 45 minute talk by a very passionate and animated young park ranger who made the history of the battlefield... More 

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Windber, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a very nice historic battlefield. I admit I didn't know much about the battle/history before going with my boyfriend, but the markers and monuments were very informative, along with the many friendly park rangers.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Having grown up going to many Civil War battlefields, it was a joy to take my 13 year old son to Antietam for his first visit. Small enough to easily see in a few hours. 3 clear and easily understandable theaters of battle that can be walked to, or take the auto tour. All around a great modern interpretive center... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The tour has several stops. You can walk to many near the park service building and then drive the rest. The park ranger talk was very good and you can see the areas as the ranger explains how the battle played out. I recommend going to the ranger tour first, and then watching the short movie. We did it in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We had a great visit at Antietam. It was not very crowded and you could explore at your own pace. With the staff at the park and the informative tours, we came away with a great appreciation for the events that happened on this site. Some areas are so open and well preserved you can stand and feel you've gone... More 

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Keedysville, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a well maintained national park. The views are lovely, plenty of hiking and walking trails, as well as numerous historical markets. Be sure to see the park on both sides of Rte. 34.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are interested in the civil war, this battlefield is a must. It covers a large area and you can drive between 12 different stops. Walking is also an option but only if you are young. The volunteers at the stops are very helpful and knowledgeable. We left with a good understanding of how one of the most important... More 

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Camillus, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Antietam battlefield is about a two hour drive from Gettysburg. This is a very different National Park than Gettysburg. It is certainly as important, but is much less visited and much smaller. It helps to have some knowledge of the Civil War to understand the significance of Antietam. It happened in 1862, 3 years before Gettysburg. Yet it is the... More 

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