Antietam National Battlefield, Sharpsburg

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Commemorating the significant Battle of Antietam during the American Civil War, Antietam National Battlefield is a protected area featuring the battlefield, an educational visitor's center, a field hospital museum, and a National Military Cemetery. Beginning on September 17, 1862, Union forces halted the Confederate Army's first invasion of the North, which led to President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. Later, it became known as one of the bloodiest single-day battles of the Civil War, with 23,000 casualties. You can take a self-guided, 13.7 km (8.5 mi) driving tour of the battlefield. It features 11 stops. You may purchase an audio tour to accompany your drive if you wish. Our Sharpsburg trip planner makes visiting Antietam National Battlefield and other Sharpsburg attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • This place is amazing! That being said, empaths beware. There were several places that I had to get away from and quickly, because such sadness and heartache filled the air. Those reading this... 
    This place is amazing! That being said, empaths beware. There were several places that I had to get away from and quickly, because such sadness and heartache filled the air. Those reading this...  more »
  • This must see drive through tour was amazing. You go to the visitor center, that is being rebuilt, and you get a map that helps you have a general idea of where the stops are. The stops are indicated....  more
    This must see drive through tour was amazing. You go to the visitor center, that is being rebuilt, and you get a map that helps you have a general idea of where the stops are. The stops are indicated....  more »
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  • A must visit for American History enthusiasts! Definitely worth the $10 price of admission. There are many monuments dedicated to troops from Delaware, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Connecticut, etc. and just a handful of Confederate monuments. Antietam reminds me of a smaller Gettysburg which is a good thing because the landscape isn’t overwhelmed with too many monuments and memorials. The visitor center was in a temporary building as the new visitor center will be up in the fall of 2022. They have a Junior Ranger program for the kids. I’d recommend at least two days here but a lot can be covered with the driving tour. The battlefields are very well maintained. Make sure to visit Burnside Bridge and the Observation Tower!
  • I went there with friends today to explore the trails associated with the national landmarks. The start of the trail by Dunker Church, the Woods Trail, is very beautiful and green. The trails run along farm land with crops and cows nearby. There are beautiful fields are flowers and forest lined hills for miles to see. The observation tower was cool to help you get a vantage point of the all the area. The main parking area is where the tours start, but there are national park representatives at each landmark on the map. You can get a map at visitor center where there are bathrooms and a souvenir shop. The experience is expansive. So, it is designed to be driveable, but there are ways to walk along all the trails to see the various landmarks and trails connected to specific battle experiences in the park. It was a good experience and everyone was very nice!

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