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“Tour of Antietam”

Ranked #2 of 18 things to do in Sharpsburg
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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: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator
Reviewed July 23, 2013

This was one of the highlights of our sightseeing tour. We took the 11 mile tour but we also stopped and explored the different sites that they mentioned. This is what history is and everyone should try and make an effort to see the battlefield, the sunken road, etc. The overlook tower is a must for anyone who is willing to climb it. Do you think that the children in schools today are taught what history is all about. If not then it is up to the parents to take them to these battlefields and national park so they can really get the feel of history.

Thank SoloCup
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Even if you limit yourself to the 11-point self-guided driving tour, do stop at the Cornfield, site of "the single bloodiest day in American History," and the somber 'sunken road' - excellent exhibit markers at each spot describe the sacrifices and gallantry involved in keeping this nation together. Do they even teach this in school anymore? More details in the video and ranger-guided tours. View of battlefield, which is interspersed with current private homes and working farms, from second floor of visitor center. A drive thru Sharpsburg itself stirs patriotic feeling with the rows of private homes and businesses displaying the Stars and Stripes.

Thank MJHBlack
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

Whilst in the US I have visited numerous sites run by the National Parks Service and have never failed to be amazed by the experience. The Park Rangers are far more than the image of a ranger we have from Yogi Bear! They are consummate professionals, with a wealth of knowledge of their subject, park, history, flora, fauna...the whole deal. The sites are perfectly managed and preserved. The visitor centre is a pleasure to visit and the pre-tour talk by the Ranger is a must to get an (quite literal) overview of the battlefield.
Although I'm English I do have an interest in the history of the US War of Northern Aggression and this battlefield was a must see. The Dunker church, the corn field and the sunken road are still there and corpse strewn images taken after the battle can be lined up with the present day landscape. It is very a sobering and moving experience.
Hats off to the Park Service and hats off to America; you do your history and your country proud.

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Reviewed July 20, 2013

The quiet rolling hills add to the thoughtful reflection about the scope of tragedy from the battle here. The overlook tower is great, and the short driving tour worked well for our young family.
The little museum. At visitor center is great, especially powerful were all the bullets found in local fields. Great rangers and my boys really enjoyed the new civil war information cards from this and other historical sites.

Thank eliana23
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Reviewed July 16, 2013

We are very interested in the Civil War, so we had to stop here. It was a little hot for a walking tour, but the visitor center provided a lot of information and we did the self-guided auto tour. Every American should visit at some point in their lifetime.

Thank ArcheryFamily-NJ
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