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Going to Rockville in June

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Going to Rockville in June

We are going to visit our daughter in June 7th -17 . We want to visit civil war sites, were renting a car. What suggestions do people have. Colonial Williamsburg , Gettysburg ? Maybe a train trip to New York City . Any ideas

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1. Re: Going to Rockville in June

The closest Civil War site to Rockville is probably Monocacy in Frederick County (just up I-270; http://www.nps.gov/mono/index.htm) or Antietam (http://www.nps.gov/ancm/index.htm).

Gettysburg is also close, just up US-15 from Frederick.

I would also consider a trip to Harper's Ferry, West Virginia and to the Civil War sites in Northern Virginia (Bull Run- http://www.nps.gov/mana/index.htm).

Nothing wrong with Williamsburg (about a 4 hour drive) or NYC (another 4 to 5 hour drive, depending on traffic, or a 3+ hour train ride), except that they are far. If you are interested in other local (non-DC) history sites, Fort McHenry in Baltimore (http://www.nps.gov/fomc/index.htm) is worth a visit. There is also a museum to the Star Spangled Banner in Baltimore (http://www.flaghouse.org/). I have never been, but it looks neat.

I hope this help and happy to help more.


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2. Re: Going to Rockville in June

If you must see one "Civil War" site in Maryland, then it should be the Antietam Battlefield in Sharpsburg


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3. Re: Going to Rockville in June

Closer to where you'll be (or along the way): Frederick is about 30 minutes away. The Monocacy battlefield nearby pales in comparison to Antietam and Gettysburg, but Frederick has an amazing Civil War medicine museum.



Not a Civil War site per se, but the Clara Barton House--with Civil War exhibits--is about 15 minutes away in Glen Echo. This is along the way if you're headed into DC.


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4. Re: Going to Rockville in June

IMHO There are three "Must Sees":

http://www.nps.gov/foth/index.htm (2-3 hrs)

http://www.nps.gov/gett/index.htm (FULL day)

http:///www.civilwarmed.org/ (2-3 hrs)

There are several other good sites

http://www.nps.gov/hafe/index.htm (half day)

http://www.nps.gov/ancm/index.htm (2-3 hrs)

http://www.nps.gov/mana/index.htm (2-3 hrs)

http://www.nps.gov/frsp/fredhist.htm (half day)

I agree with the suggestion of Fort McHenry


Edited: 8:35 pm, May 07, 2013
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