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Antietam National Battlefield

5831 Dunker Church Rd., Sharpsburg, MD 21782
+1 301-432-5124
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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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5831 Dunker Church Rd., Sharpsburg, MD 21782
+1 301-432-5124
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did the car tour of this tremendous battlefield, as it was single digit weather. It is a very easy, informative self guided tour, and gives you a sense of the sheer enormity of the conflict. The grounds are beautifully kept, and we are definitely...More

Thank appy1559
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You could spend a whole day here, but the driving tour can be done quickly if you are in a rush. With more time there are lots of places to go for short walks. The landscapes are a visual treat with well preserved farmlands, old...More

Thank Jim B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you have any interest in the Civil War, this is a must see battlefield. One of the best attributes is that it is not clutered with monuments and surrounded by tourist suppport places. The area is mainly as it was when the battle tok...More

1  Thank TomWall60
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Antietam is awesome! The park is well maintained and walking the sunken road is epic. Less crowded than Gettysburg but lots of history.

Thank Jorge T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you want a feel for the actual conditions of the battle, you can't go wrong at Antietam. Not develpoed like Gettysburg or Manassas. Pristine and much like it was in September of 1862

Thank 19jima46
Reviewed 6 December 2017

I didn't see an actual location to rate the annual illumination tour, so I am doing it here. It is my understanding this is a once a year event in December done to honor all soldiers on both sides who died during the battle. There...More

Thank Dominic D
Reviewed 25 November 2017

This year we have been visiting the different historical spots in the north east - it is filled with them! But, when you walk on the grounds of the battlefields - such at Antietam, Gettysburg, Monocacy, Appomattox you have to stop and just hold your...More

Thank 2017Getaway
Reviewed 21 November 2017

My family and I stopped here on our way from Harper's Ferry to Gettysburg. I am so glad we stopped. The visitors center was small but informative. We were able to do the self guided tour which was easy to follow. There are a lot...More

2  Thank Heyguy74
Reviewed 17 November 2017 via mobile

I learned a lot on our visit to this battlefield. The visitor center is very good and we hated that we didn’t have time watch the movie (which is long by National Park standards). The weather was very cold and rainy so we did the...More

Thank Tracey L
Reviewed 16 November 2017

I do not see how anyone could rate this lower than excellent! The observation room is excellent; you can look out over the battlefield and above the glass on three sides are imprinted what you are looking at. The ranger talk was excellent. The NPS...More

Thank Pat L
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26 November 2017|
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Response from Cmikey915 | Reviewed this property |
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. Phone (301) 432-5124 Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day Special Programs Memorial Day... More
15 November 2017|
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Response from Kathy N | Reviewed this property |
The visitor centre is a great place to start with the displays and the film. Don’t feel there is truly anything for preschoolers per se part from the fields outdoors for them to romp over. Antitam is hallowed ground and to... More
24 April 2017|
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Response from GaryCummings | Reviewed this property |
This is a driving tour and too large to walk. You can get a private guide and car.