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Antietam National Battlefield

5831 Dunker Church Rd., Sharpsburg, MD 21782
+1 301-432-5124
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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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5831 Dunker Church Rd., Sharpsburg, MD 21782
+1 301-432-5124
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Reviewed March 15, 2016

Antietam is a place we visit fairly often, whether just me and my husband or with visitors to the area. Begin at the Visitor Center, where you may watch a film that gives an overview of the battle. Then drive at your own pace through...More

Thank MizCharli
Reviewed March 15, 2016

Gary was our tour guide and he made the whole experience so enjoyable and interesting. He is extremely knowledgeable about the whole civil war; almost like he had been there watching it. Very beautiful grounds and you can tell that so much care has been...More

1  Thank Lorri K
Reviewed March 10, 2016

I recently took a tour of Antietam, relying on one of the battlefield's official guides. The battlefield is fascinating, so well-preserved that one can sometimes look at a particular vantage and picture events from 150 years ago unfolding. And my guide, Gary Rohrer, was excellent:...More

1  Thank justinnyc2016
Reviewed February 22, 2016

What a pristine battlefield located in a town that has worked to preserve the integrity of the history of the town. The history is everywhere!

Thank Mfclingan
Reviewed February 16, 2016

We started our trip with Manassas and loved it, Harpers Ferry was even better but when we toured Antietam it was our favorite. You could easily spend a few days here. First you go to the visitor center and view the video explaining the battle....More

1  Thank deebug2470
Reviewed February 8, 2016

As a history buff, this battlefield was humbling. With places named things like "the bloody cornfield," "the bloody wheat field," and "bloody lane," it's easy to become speechless. It's definitely a place I want to visit again, but next time with a battlefield guide.

1  Thank Casey T
Reviewed January 15, 2016

Visited this iconic national park on a pleasant winter afternoon. Starting with a great 30 minute movie for context we viewed a small museum and a panoramic viewing deck before taking the driving tour. It was midweek in the winter so we had no crowding....More

Thank VaTechDad
Reviewed January 12, 2016

The climb up the tower is worth the effort. Great historical perspective is gained by visiting the various stopping points on a simple road tour. So much happened in such a small area.

Thank Alan S
Reviewed January 7, 2016

The Battle at Antietam must have been a bloddy mess. The two Armies maneuvered around one another several times there and there are many different features in the landscape. I recommend climbing the tower in the middle of the field to have a better sense...More

Thank KevanF
Reviewed January 6, 2016

Start at the visitor's center and get a map. The small museum and video presentation help to orientate you and gives you a quick historical overview of the battles that were fought. The drive through the park is informative and well marked. If the weather...More

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April 24, 2017|
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Response from IrishBulldogLOL | Reviewed this property |
The best way to see the battlefield, is with a guide. You can make arrangements at the Visitors Center where they can hook you up with a licensed guide. They usually use their cars to do the tour. It's not that expensive... More
January 30, 2017|
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Response from Nite R | Reviewed this property |
the drive through part i would allow 3 to 4 hours,if you plan on walking the battlefield points of interest i allow 4 to 6 plus bring along plenty of water as the trails are tough to navigate.
Barbara J
May 10, 2016|
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Response from barbarachristy | Reviewed this property |
yes, I have seen people with pets here. I do not know if you would be able to take your pets with you if you are on a tour bus. I do not think you can have pets in the building.