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Address: 5831 Dunker Church Rd., Sharpsburg, MD 21782
Phone Number: +1 301-432-5124
08:00 - 17:30
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

The Bloodiest One Day Battle in American History: 23,000 soldiers were...

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.

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The Battle of Antietam in Sharpsburg is very important in Civil War history and American history for three reasons: 1) The battle marked the end of Robert E. Lee’s Confederate... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Battle of Antietam in Sharpsburg is very important in Civil War history and American history for three reasons: 1) The battle marked the end of Robert E. Lee’s Confederate Army of Northern Virginia's first invasion of the North. 2) The battle led Abraham Lincoln to announce the Emancipation Proclamation. 3) It was the bloodiest single-day battle in American history.... More 

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Columbus, NJ
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We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the battlefield. I would recommend starting at the visitors center with the talk given by the park ranger followed by the movie. The view of the battlefield coupled with the informative talk really helped to get a good understanding of the battle. An important piece of American history not to be missed.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Got here later in the day and could have used more time! The visitor's center has a good intro movie. Otherwise, biking or car would be the best way to get around and see the sites.

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Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Walked some of it, drove the rest. Museum part was very informative re: the battle. Inexpensive, helpful, knowledgeable staff. Enjoyed learning. Respect the preservation of history.

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Coram, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The park rangers and docents were outstanding in their anecdotal stories of the battles and the people who fought them. Mike and Andrew at Pry House made it come alive with stories of what took place there and the officers soldiers and families effected by these battles. They gave you a view of the very real human suffering cost on... More 

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Oxford, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a well constructed driving tour that tells the story of this awful Civil War battle. It starts at the visitor center, which has a short movie to watch, a small museum area, gift shop and wonderful views ofthe battlefields. There are 11 stops on the tour, each with parking and plenty of information placards, ending with the Antietam... More 

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Fort Meade, Maryland
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We came here for Veterans Day, which was fitting. Antietam is an important part of our history and I was impressed with how well preserved it is. It's in beautiful MD rolling hills so it's hard to imagine the sad event that took place here. The NPS does not due private tours like they have at Gettysburg.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Loved our tour guide! Bob Murphy from R- C- M History Tours. He is incredibly knowledgeable in the history of Antietam, and the Civil War in general. He is personable, interesting and funny! Our 3 hours with him were enlightening and joyful.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The battlefield is exceptionally well-maintained. You are humbled and amazed by the thought and action of the battle and by the soldiers who fought, died and lived to tell about it. And also by the bravery of the families whose farms were confiscated during the war. It's quite an experience and so much a part of our profound history.

Hanover, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Antietam was a horrible battle of our American Civil War, but the National Park Service has made touring this area easy, while preserving the landscape of the battle. The Visitor's Center is the starting point for your visit, as you can get maps of the area for the driving tour or if you want to do some hiking, of the... More 

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