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. Plan to visit Antietam National Battlefield during your Sharpsburg vacation using our convenient Sharpsburg tourist route planner.
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The beauty and peacefulness of this site is a sharp contrast to its History of the Bloodiest single day in US history. The absence of commercial development and rural setting has preserved this histor... more »
Being here you can tell you are walking through history. This is worth a stop if you are in the area. more »
This area is beautiful. We watched the movie which was overwhelming with information. We did the car tour which had several well-marked stops including Burnside Bridge which they did not allow us to w... more »
Great, friendly and helpful staff. Very informative documentary movie at the visitor's center. They had a 2 CD tour set to put in your car's player as you drive around the battlefield area. It would guide you to various locations around the park where you could stop and listen to the stories and then get out to take photos. I highly recommend for anyone but especially for a war history buff.
Very historical battle between the states. Nice visitors center with a film given an overview of the battle. We walked parts of it but it's a hike. Very auto friendly.
It happened to be the 100th anniversary of the national park service when we visited, so it was both free and more festive than typical. Staff was friendly and helpful. There's both a short documentary playing on loop every half hour in a small theatre, and the upper level is an observation deck, fully windowed, with park staff presenting verbal narratives. Nice little book-oriented gift shop. It was very very hot that day so we did the self guided driving tour (works great if you have a driver and a narrator to read the descriptions of the spots on the map). All stops were well kept and clean.
Good info and love the layout of the place and even the movies are pretty cool if they still show them
Thought such an important occasion in history of the United States of America would get as much attention as say 9-11, Gettysburg, etc..
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