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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

Excellent descriptions of this horrible day in our nation's history. Attentive park rangers. Tour map was extremely helpful to navigate.

Thank Nancy H
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I planned to see this battlefield and after reading some of the reviews that recommended a private guide, we decided to go that route. Our guide, Joe Stahl, was fabulous. He emailed us before our appointment, asking was regiments we might be...More

Thank Barbara K
Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived after the visitors center had closed, after spending the day at Harpers Ferry. You can just get an eerie feeling standing at this sight near dusk. The realization of where you're standing is unbelievable. If you are interested in Civil War history, this...More

Thank a l
Reviewed 1 week ago

First I listened to a ranger tell us about the battle, I thought it was very interesting. Afterward I toured the battle field via foot and car. There was many interesting stops to see sights and view monuments.

Thank Herb T
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been to Antietam a few times now and it is great. Much quieter and less commercialized as Gettysburg. But still well preserved and maintained. Most important sites of the Battlefield are easy to visit. Used a self-guided audio tour on last visit and...More

Thank Slater20
Reviewed 1 week ago

Much smaller than the Gettysburg battlefield, but very significant and site of the bloodiest day of fighting in American history. Well preserved and well marked history that can be explored up close and personal.

Thank Mike B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a beautiful and well maintained National Battleground and Cemetery. It is similar to Gettysburg but smaller and less sprawling. The museum is small but has a large variety of artifacts and exhibits. The gift shop is nice sized. There are some monuments and...More

Thank HappyNewlywed08
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The day we visited was one of the rainiest of the summer so as a result we were the only people in the park. We literally did not see another soul as we drove from stop to stop on the auto tour. Upon arriving at...More

Thank John F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I like to visit the battlefields. I am a firm believer that ALL HISTORY should be preserved. Not just one SIDE or the OTHER. People seem to want to forget that the cival war was ALL AMERICANS. The military people from Grant and Lee to...More

Thank jhrvn1970
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

An incredible place to visit, learn, explore, and reflect and be thankful. Decent visitor center with big gift shop. There's a 25 minute video to introduce you to how the armies converged leading to the battle. To see the key areas, you must drive in...More

Thank BnKSimmons
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25 April 2017|
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Response from IrishBulldogLOL | Reviewed this property |
The best way to see the battlefield, is with a guide. You can make arrangements at the Visitors Center where they can hook you up with a licensed guide. They usually use their cars to do the tour. It's not that expensive... More
31 January 2017|
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Response from Nite R | Reviewed this property |
the drive through part i would allow 3 to 4 hours,if you plan on walking the battlefield points of interest i allow 4 to 6 plus bring along plenty of water as the trails are tough to navigate.
Barbara J
11 May 2016|
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Response from barbarachristy | Reviewed this property |
yes, I have seen people with pets here. I do not know if you would be able to take your pets with you if you are on a tour bus. I do not think you can have pets in the building.