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Tolson's Chapel

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Address: Sharpsburg, MD

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A Fascinating and Informative Site Even Without a Tour

Tolson's Chapel was an African American school erected in 1866 after the Civil War. Maryland abolished slavery in 1864 and the land was donated by freed blacks of the state. Tours... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 12, 2015
Staatsburg, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

Tolson's Chapel was an African American school erected in 1866 after the Civil War. Maryland abolished slavery in 1864 and the land was donated by freed blacks of the state. Tours of the site are available by appointment only but one can walk around the building and the grounds and, if one knows the history, it is a very informative... More 

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Springfield, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

This simple, lovely chapel, the worshipping place of a pacifist religious order, emphasises the irony that the single bloodiest day of battle in the Civil War began here. It is a very peaceful and pretty setting that is so counterintuitive to the horrible slaughter that used this spot as a launch site.

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Alpharetta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

This small chapel is original and still standing after the Civil War. Supposed this was the location of the Emancipation Proclamation first being read aloud. A nice little tucked away piece of history for anyone who enjoys history or Civil War history in particular.

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Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

Where the Emancipation Proclimation was first read publically, or so the myth goes. This African American meeting house still stands on the back streets of Sharpsburg as proof that great events coming from the Battle of Antietam had positive effects 150 years later. I would highly reccommend this to the serious civil war student.

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