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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: Activities for older children, Stairs / lift, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Enjoyed visiting the visitor center. The management and staff are very friendly and informative and the displays are interesting to look at

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Reviewed 28 March 2018

beautiful countryside surrounds the extremely well preserved battlefield.
Sharpsburg is a perfect spot to locate for a civil war trip - centrally located between Harpers Ferry, Gettysburg, Monocacy.

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Reviewed 22 March 2018

War is devastating, but to consider the sheer numbers of American lives lost and wounded on that one day in Antietam is unbelievable. More than the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and the Spanish American War combined...in ONE day. Take your time and walk down the Sunken Road and cross over Burnside's Bridge. A very well done National Park.

2  Thank amydodson
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Reviewed 21 March 2018

Let me start by saying this battlefield is well laid out and truly looks much like it did during the actual battle. We visited in the off season and the area is quiet and beautiful. The drive is easy to follow and very educational. The visitor center building has a wonderful gift shop and museum. However, being from the deep south I personally felt like it was lacking. I understand most monuments were put up by the union after the war as the south did not have the money to do so but I really felt like the boys in grey were a bit of a side note to this battlefield. I have visited several other civil war battlefields and did not get his feeling so I truly am at a loss as to why this was so different. Certainly worth the visit, this is just my opinion.

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Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

I'm a bit of a civil war buff, been to other civil war battle fields and national parks. While I might have more interest in other sites, I found Antietam to be the best preserved. It is remarkable how the national park service and historical society's have kept the land, buildings, bridges and monuments in such great care. Everything is well marked, informative without being intrusive to keeping the field pretty much the way it looked in 1862. I truly appreciate the effort and found myself in awe thinking about how what I was looking at looked exactly that way for the soldiers and citizens during our nation's civil war.

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