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Muskets & Merlot

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Muskets & Merlot

Traverse the hallowed grounds of Antietam and South Mountain Battlefield on a two-day journey of comradery and enjoyment. Afternoons of conversation and wine in the picturesque Appalachian Mountains.

Begin your day with a tour of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, MD.  The museum offers specialized tours for groups focusing on the history of ballistics and medicinal use of alcohol during the Civil War.

Break for a catered lunch at Gathland State Park or make group reservations at South Mountain Inn, located at the summit of Turner's Gap near the historic Dahlgren Chapel. The Old South Mountain Inn is said to have been a staging area for John Brown’s men prior to their historic raid in Harpers Ferry.

Spend the rest of the afternoon at Antietam National Battlefield. The National Park’s visitor center offers a 25-minute introductory film for your group.  Once your group has viewed the film, embark on your journey. Your guided driving tour will highlight key points and share the stories of the Antietam. Attendees will have several opportunities to stretch their legs and take photos along the route.

Day 2
Experience the Civil War through the civilians perspective at the Miller House– Home of the Washington County Historical Society and Museum. The Miller House Civil War exhibits feature relics from nearby towns passed down from generation to generation. Group tours are available upon request.

After a morning on the frontier, plan a visit to the regions estate or boutique wineries: Big Cork Vineyards, Blue Mountain Wine Crafters,  Knob Hall Winery, Olney Winery at Stone House Square and Red Heifer Winery  Grab a box lunch and stock up on Merlot rations before heading home.