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History Buffs Should Visit Antietam National Battlefield

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Cannon on a battlefieldIf you’re someone who likes traveling to historic sites throughout the US, or just taking some time on a vacation to see local landmarks, then you should put a visit to Antietam National Battlefield on your list of must-see destinations. This historic site is located along Antietam Creek in Washington County, Maryland on the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.  The beauty of the battlefield’s surroundings belies the location’s past.  Read on to find out more about Antietam National Battlefield and what you can see and do during your visit.

About the Battle of Antietam

Antietam National Battlefield was the site of the Battle of Antietam during the American Civil War.  The battle was the result of General Robert E. Lee’s first invasion of the North, which ended on this site in September of 1862. The fight lasted only one day before the Union prevailed, but not without great loss to both sides of the war. As such it is known as the bloodiest single-day battle in American History.  The total of dead, wounded, and missing is estimated to be 22,717. The battle resulted in Abraham Lincoln issuing the first version of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Things to Do and See at Antietam National Battlefield

Today the site of the Battle of Antietam is managed by the National Parks Service as Antietam National Battlefield.  Visitors to the site can see the Antietam National Cemetery, where only Union soldiers are buried, go to the Visitor Center, and explore the Pry House Field Hospital Museum.  The Visitor Center features several museum exhibits as well as screenings of an orientation film narrated by James Earl Jones and the Field Hospital Museum was Union Commander General George B. McClellan’s headquarters during the battle. Battlefield talks are conducted by Park Rangers frequently and there are auto tours and self-guided hikes through the battlefield and trails to explore.

Places to Stay Near Antietam National Battlefield

Antietam Overlook Farm

Set upon 95 acres on top of the Blue Ridge range, Antietam Overlook Farm gives guests a view from above the battlefield as well as the village of Sharpsburg.  The 19th-century farmhouse offers guests not only extraordinary views, but also large and comfortable accommodations. Guests can congregate in front of the warm fireplace in the winter or on the porch in spring and summer and get to know one another.  The inn serves a full three-course breakfast with country gourmet dishes.

Stoney Creek Farm

Located in the rolling hills of Boonsboro, Maryland, Stoney Creek Farm  provides guests with a place to relax, unwind, and enjoy this beautiful part of the State of Maryland.  The bed and breakfast’s accommodations offer top level comfort along with every amenity a traveler could ask for.  The property features lovely interior decor and stunning gardens and landscape outdoors.

Thomas Shepherd Inn

Thomas Shepherd Inn is set in Sheperdstown, Maryland, which can be described as historical with a very cosmopolitan atmosphere. With six guest rooms to choose from, Thomas Shepherd Inn welcomes guests with homey touches and extraordinary comfort. Its location just minutes from the Antietam National Battlefield adds to the inn’s allure.

Each of these Select Registry properties will offer warm hospitality and the utmost in comfortable accommodations during your visit to Antietam National Battlefield.

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