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Antietam National Battlefield
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children
Reviewed September 28, 2012

This is a beautiful and well maintained setting. You can stroll (or drive) through farms that still look as they did on the day before the terrible battle and think about that day in 1862. The visitors center closes at 5pm, but the best time on the battle field is after 5 and before sunset when very few visitors remain.

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Reviewed September 25, 2012

Have been to Gettysburg several times, which is very educational & enjoyable, but I liked Antietam even more (fewer people, less manicured). We visited on a gorgeous September day & used the audio tour on CD. The CD is very well done, with great narrators (altho the woman mispronounces Hagerstown), background music, sound effects, & interesting/touching stories. The battlefield is very much as it was at the time of the battle (the bloodiest day in the Civil War). The Mumma Cemetery, the Burnside Bridge , & the observation tower are highlights. A beautiful tribute to all who gave their lives that awful day.

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Reviewed September 23, 2012

I was pleasantly suprised by the organization of the 150th anniversary this year. This was my 5th trip to the park, and I have yet to be disappointed.

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Reviewed September 22, 2012

We visited during the 150th anniversary weekend. Hats off to the national park service and the local residents for a smooth handling of the thousands of visitors. It is great we have these opportunities to review history. The Maryland countryside is beautiful.
Give yourself time as there is a lot to see and take in.

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Reviewed September 19, 2012

Site of the worst single day casualty battle in American history. We took a three hour private guided tour arranged through the Battlefield Guides link on the Park Service website. The guide brought history to life and really explained what happened there 150 years ago. It was a sobering but enlightening visit. Highly recommended.

Thank JFCSpartaNJ
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