Civil War & Historic Sites

Steeped in history, many consider their visits to our Civil War sites their personal "meccas" of places to see. Founded in 1776, we go back to the French & Indian War and to the early life of our nation.

Antietam is considered to be one of the most pivotal battles of the Civil War; it lead President Lincoln to issue the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.  The entire Maryland Campaign can be toured with in minutes from Hagerstown, including the Battle of South Mountain and Monocacy Battlefield.  Monuments and memorials to those who gave their lives for their country are abundant, and not to be missed.

Our place in the national history of transportation is evident when visiting. Prior to railroading, the C&O Canal was the means of transporting goods across the state and region. Today, visitors can bike, hike, and even canoe on portions of it.  Known as the "Hub City" our railroad history is well documented and can be viewed at several sites across in Hagerstown.

Come for the History...Stay for the Fun!!!



Antietam National Battlefield

PO Box 158 (Rt. 65)
Sharpsburg, MD 21782
P: 301-432-5124
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The Bloodiest One Day Battle in American History where 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or missing after twelve hours of savage combat on September 17, 1862. The Battle of Antietam…
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Antietam National Cemetery Museum

PO Box 158 (Rt 65)
Sharpsburg, MD 21782
P: 301-432-5124
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At Sharpsburg, the site of the bloodiest single day battle in American history. Casualties totaled more than 23,000 on September 17, 1862. Clara Barton cared for wounded soldiers here. Visit…
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Battle of Falling Waters 1863 Foundation

Williamsport, MD 21795
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The mission of the foundation is to preserve land(s) on which the battle was fought. Nearly 7,000 Union cavalry and light artillery attached Gen. Robert E. Lee's rear guard of…
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Beaver Creek School Museum

Beaver Creek Church Road
Hagerstown, MD 21740
P: 301-797-8782
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Operated by the Washington County Historical Society. Authentically refurbished turn-of-the-century one-room schoolhouse and museum. Special rates for youth and group tours. Group tours may call for appointments on unscheduled days.
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Boonsboro Trolley Museum

214 N. Main Street
Boonsboro, MD 21713
P: 301-432-7030
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The Boonsboro Trolley Museum was the Boonsboro Trolley Stations from 1902 to 1938. The museum was dedicated September 12, 2009 and houses trolley artifacts and photos.
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Boonsborough Museum of History

113 Main St.
Boonsboro, MD 21713
P: 301-432-6969
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“One of the best little museums in America” and “a miniature Smithsonian. The museum houses a vast and unique collection of historical objects of local and national importance. From ancient…
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Bowman House

323 N. Main Street
Boonsboro, MD
P: 301-432-8410
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The Bowman House is a log house in Boonsboro, Maryland, United States, typical of those built in the area in the early 19th century. It and its immediate grounds housed…
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Conococheague Institute Museum and Library

12995 Bain Rd.
Mercersburg, PA 17236
P: 717-328-3467
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This is a historic site whose mission is to interpret 18th and 19th frontier settlements along the Conococheague Creek in PA, MD and VA.
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Dahlgren Chapel

Rt. 40A at Washington Monument Rd., Old National Pike in Frederick County.
Middletown, MD 21769
P: 301-371-7090
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Across from the Old South Mountain Inn, the Gothic style Dahlgren Chapel sits atop South Mountain, on the border of both Frederick County and Washington County, a perfect setting for…
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Fort Frederick State Park

11100 Fort Frederick Rd.
Big Pool, MD 21711
P: 301-842-2155
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American history from the colonial period to the present can be discovered at Fort Frederick State Park. Our 585 acre park features a unique stone fort that served as Maryland’s…
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Gathland State Park Museum

900 Arnoldstown Rd.
Boonsboro, MD
P: 301-791-4767
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Astride the ridge known as South Mountain, near Burkittsville at Crampton's Gap, lies Gathland State Park. The home of an unusual man, Gathland was an architecturally unique estate made up…
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Hagerstown Aviation Museum

101 West Washington Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
P: (301) 733-8717
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The museum highlights through a series of photographs, models and other material, the 70-year history of aviation and aviation-related manufacturing in the Hagerstown area.
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Hagerstown Railroad Museum & Engine 202

City Park, 501 Highland Way
Hagerstown, MD 21740
P: 301-739-8577, ext. 180
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Located in City Park, the Hagerstown Railroad Museum features hundreds of signs, signals, bells, telephones and tools that were used by railroad workers every day. Most of the items in…
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Hancock Town Museum

126 W. High Street
Hancock, MD 21750
P: 301-678-6308
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Museum has thousands of items pertaining to Hancock, thousands of antiques, transportation museum pertaining to C & O Canal, National Pike, and Western Maryland Railroad. We also have many, many…
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Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area

151 S. East Street
Frederick, MD 21701
P: 301-600-4042
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The Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area is ideally positioned to serve as your “base camp” for driving the popular Civil War Trails and visiting the battlefields and sites…
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Jonathan Hager House Museum

110 Key St.
Hagerstown, MD 21740
P: 301-739-8393
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Located in beautiful Hagerstown City Park, the Jonathan Hager House is the original home of Jonathan Hager, the founder of Hagerstown. Built in 1739, the Hager House was uniquely erected…
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Kennedy Farm (John Brown's Headquarters)

2406 Chestnut Grove Rd.
Sharpsburg, MD 21782
P: 202-537-8900
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Kennedy Farm, Maryland a national historic landmark, used during the summer of 1859 by John Brown and his Provisional Army of the United States. From this house in 1859, John…
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Miller House Museum

135 W. Washington St.
Hagerstown, MD 21740
P: 301-797-8782
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The fine old brick mansion at 135 West Washington Street in Hagerstown is the headquarters of the Washington County Historical Society. Research indicates that the main structure of the house…
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National Museum of Civil War Medicine

48 E. Patrick Street, PO Box 470
Frederick, MD 21705
P: 301-695-1864
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The museum has nearly 7,000 square feet of exhibit space featuring nine immersion exhibit galleries.
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Newcomer House & Visitor Center

18422 Shepherdstown Pike
Keedysville, MD 21756
P: 301-432-6402
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The historic Newcomer House at Antietam National Battlefield is the site of the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area Exhibit and Visitor Center
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Plumb Grove Mansion

Broadfording Rd
Clear Spring, MD 21722
P: 301-842-1393
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Rural 1831 farmhouse offers tours and annual holiday open house. Open 1-4pm the first Sunday of each month in June - October.
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Pry House Field Hospital Museum

18906 Shepherdstown Pike
Sharpsburg, MD 21782
P: 301-416-2395
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Complimentary site to the National Museum of Civil War Medicine's main location, focusing on battlefield medicine after Antietam. Located in the historic Philip Pry House and barn. Exhibits, educational programs,…
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Rose Hill Cemetery of Hagerstown

600 S. Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
P: 301-739-3630
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Rose Hill Cemetery is an active non-profit public cemetery servicing Washington County and surrounding areas. In addition to being the final resting place of over 42,000 individuals, including many local…
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Smithsburg Town Museum

21 W. Water St
Smithsburg, MD 21783
P: 301-824-7234
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A Heritage Room, displaying artifacts of the area, has been established and is open to the public by appointment.
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South Mountain State Battlefield

6620 Zittlestown Road
Boonsboro, MD 21713
P: 301-791-4767
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Begin your visit of South Mountain Battlefield at the Washington Monument State Park Office and Museum at 6620 Zittlestown Road in Boonsboro; or Gathland State Park in Burkittsville, MD.
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South Mountain State Park

21843 National Pike
Boonsboro, MD 21713
P: 301-791-4767
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South Mountain State Park is a 40-mile long multi-use state park weaving along the South Mountain ridge from the Pennsylvania line to the Potomac River. It has no distinguishable boundary…
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St. Mark's Episcopal Church

18313 Lappans Rd.
Boonsboro, MD 21713
P: 301-582-0417
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Founded in 1849, St. Mark's has served the community as a place of worship, education and service.
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The Train Room and Museum

360 S. Burhans Blvd.
Hagerstown, MD 21740
P: 301-745-6681
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THE TRAIN ROOM OFFERS MODEL RAILROADING ENTHUSIAST, COLLECTORS AND NOVICE ALIKE A COMPLETELY UNIQUE EXPERIENCE. A LARGE DISPLAY OF LIONEL MODEL RAILROADING ITEMS IN O, 027 AND STANDARD GAUGE. A…
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Tolson's Chapel

111 East High Street, P.O. Box 162
Sharpsburg, MD 21782
P: 240-452-7389
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African American Heritage site, dedicated to preserving the history of the first black church and Freedmen's Bureau school, in Sharpsburg, MD. A wayside marker is located on the property for…
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Washington County Assoc. of Museums & Historical Sites

PO Box 168
Hagerstown, MD 21741-0168
P: 301-733-3638
The Washington County Association of Museums & Historic Sites is the active organization that promotes all of the historical locations within Washington County, MD. Each sites/museum is own individual entity…
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Washington County Historical Society

135 West Washington St.
Hagerstown, MD 21740
P: 301-797-8782
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The Simms Jamieson Historical and Genealogical Library is open year round in the lower level of the Miller House from Tue-Sat 9am-4pm. Washington County Maryland has a rich history and…
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Washington County Rural Heritage Museum

7313 Sharpsburg Pike
Boonsboro, MD 21713
P: 240-420-1714
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Depicting the heritage of local farming life, this museum displays antique farm equipment, an authentic turn-of-the-century country store, and model rooms of a typical 19th century farmhouse and a gift…
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Washington Monument State Park

6620 Zittlestown Rd.
Boonsboro, MD 21713
P: 301-791-4767
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In Washington County, four miles east of Boonsboro and 1 1/2 miles north of Alternate Route 40 on Monument Road, Washington Monument State Park is named for the first monument…
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Williamsport Town Museum and Springfield Barn

Spingfield Lane
Williamsport, MD 21795
P: 301-223-5854
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Visit the museum located in the barn and operated by the History and Museum Board and observe firsthand the rich heritage and history of Williamsport. Open Sundays, 1PM - 4PM.
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Wilson Village

14921 Rufus Wilson Rd.
Clear Spring, MD 21722
P: 301-582-4718
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