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Monocacy National Battlefield

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Address: 4801 Urbana Pike, Frederick, MD
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This key Civil War battlefield marked the last push north by Confederates...

This key Civil War battlefield marked the last push north by Confederates in 1864. Although it's seen as a confederate victory, this advance on Washington, D.C. was brought to a hault by the forces led by Major General Lew Wallace, U.S. Army.

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Wonderful historical site

We really enjoyed the visitors center, the exhibits and talking with the park guides. We drove through the battlefield and saw several of the original buildings that were there... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We really enjoyed the visitors center, the exhibits and talking with the park guides. We drove through the battlefield and saw several of the original buildings that were there during the battle.

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Thank Claudia M
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When people think about sites to visit, this battlefield more likely does not make many list, but it should. No. It is not as popular as Gettysburg, Antietam or Manassas, but an important battle did happen here. It is a small battlefield so it does not take all day to visit.

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Thank JohnBCowgill
Owen Sound, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent the morning at Antietam Battlefield then drove to Frederick to do Monocacy Battlefield on our way to Washington. We thought the museum was well done, many interactive exhibits for younger children, well written information. The driving tour is smaller with only 5 stops but it covers a nice drive, we downloaded the audio tour from the nps website.... More 

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Frederick, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

outstanding and informative staff. well done small museum up stairs without spot on timeline and lightshow displays. Grounds are gorgeous with some nice walking/running trails. Very informative and humbling. Medal of Honor awarded for heroism at the rail bridge that I pass almost weekly. Awesome.

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Thank Muldunespeaks
Dover, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

This national park unit has quite a backstory. Here's the very short version: In 1928, Glenn Worthington, who owned a lot of the battlefield, petitioned Congress to create a National Military Park. Something similar happened with other parcels of land. But, the park wasn’t funded and officially established until 1976. There are no entrance fees at Monocacy National Battlefield. The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

The visitor center is great and many knowledgeable people. Community really fought for this area to be saved and story told. The 5 areas are with short drives from the center. Walking trails are easy and let you feel the land. Combined with the history and place our small town once played, makes a great start to a weekend of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

Great day trip from DC. Fascinating history plus several great hiking trails and walks. Car required to go from site to site.

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Kissimmee, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

What a nice facility to spend a couple hours on a beautiful fall afternoon. The visitor's center has a small museum with several nice displays and and observation deck on the second floor. There is also a trail that begins there for an easy mile loop. From the visitor's center, there is a six mile driving route, with 5 stops.... More 

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Missoula, Montana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

The battlefield was a defeat for the north but provided time for reinforcements from Washington DC to help defeat the southern army at Gettysburg. The visitors building has a lighted display of the battle which explains the battle. They have artifacts in the building and maps of the battlefield area.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Nothing big compared to close by Antietam or Gettysburg but a great little civil war site. Don't know if you can fish the nearby Monocacy river. The two would make a great day.

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