Sharpsburg Travel Guide

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Sharpsburg Things to Do

  • C & O canal

    pictured is lock 38 of the chesapeake and ohio canal. the C & O canal runs 185 miles along the potomac river from the washington d. c. area to the northern maryland mountains. the canal was in use for over one hundred years to transport goods to and from coastal virginia to the western frontier. today the C & O canal is a national historic park...

  • ferry hill plantation

    ferry hill plantation was established by john blackford (1771-1839). blackford owned a 700 acre plantation and a ferry service across the potomac river from maryland to virginia. he is best known for his journal about daily life on his plantation. blackford built ferry place plantation house in 1812. blackford died in 1839 and his son franklin took...

  • antietam depot

    the original sharpsburg depot was built by the shenandoah valley railroad in 1883. the original depot burned down in 1910. the sharpsburg depot was rebuilt by the norfolk and western railroad in 1911. the name of the depot was changed to antietam after two trains collided after confusing sharpsburg with nearby shepherdstown.

  • mt. airy plantation house

    mt. airy plantation house also known as grove farm was built in 1821. this 2 1/2 story flemish bond brick house with federal and greek revival elements was the meeting place of president abraham lincoln and general george mc clellan two weeks after the battle of antietam. lincoln was annoyed with mc clellan for not pursuing general lee into...

  • mountain view cemetery

    mountain view cemetery is located across the street from the antietam national cemetery on RT 34 just east of downtown. mountain view cemetery was established in 1883. those interned here are citizens of sharpsburg. the majority of confederate dead from the battle of antietam are interned at hagerstown and frederick maryland. mountain view cemetery...

  • st. paul's episcopal church

    the congregation of st. paul's was organized in 1818. the original church was built in 1819. during the battle of antietam st. paul's served as a confederate hospital. the church was badly damaged during the battle and was later demolished. the current st. paul's episcopal was rebuilt in 1874. for those interested in civil war history and...

  • grove house

    this historic building is located on main street in downtown sharpsburg. on the night of september 17 th 1862 general robert e. lee met with generals thomas jackson, james longstreet, and j. e. b. stuart at the grove house before they withdrew back to virginia after the battle of antietam.

  • Antietam Battlefield

    Antietam Creek winds its way through the rolling Maryland countryside. It's a peaceful landscape now, and it's difficult to imagine what happened here in 1862.The Union commander, General McClellan, received a copy of Confederate General Lee's battle plan, complete with a map of Lee's forces. But he failed to exploit this fantastic stroke of luck....

  • Cheseapeake and Ohio Canal

    Ferry Hill overlooks the Potomac River and Shepardstown, West Virginia. The Cheseapeake and Ohio Canal preserves this high point and the Maryland shore of the Potomac. 184 1/2 Miles of AdventureThe Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park is 184.5 miles (295.2 km) of adventure. Originally, the C&O Canal was a lifeline for communities and...

  • Antietam National Battlefield

    The Bloodiest One Day Battle in American History23,000 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.For more...

  • The Southern Battlefields (Burnside's...

    Burnside's Corps was ordered to attack across the Antietam Creek against a small Confederate outpost on the ridge overlooking a stone bridge. After numerous disastrous frontal assaults against this bridge, a part of his forces finally were able to cross downstream at Snavely's Ford. By early afternoon, Burnside had finally taken the bridge and...

  • The Northern Battlefields (The...

    The battle opened at dawn as Hooker's corps struck Stonewall Jackson's forces across the Cornfield, East Woods, and West Woods with the goal being Dunker Church. Meanwhile JEB Stuart directed artillery at the Union flank from nearby Nicodemus Hill. The four-hour struggle consisted of numerous attacks and counterattacks, drew in reinforcements from...

  • The Central Battlefields (Bloody Lane)

    By midmorning the heaviest fighting shifted south. Sumner's corps struck DH Hill's Confederate corps at the center of Lee's lines. The heaviest fighting took place at a road worn into the earth called Sunken Lane, but later became known as Bloody Lane. After numerous assaults, the Confederates finally gave up this position.This area of the...

  • Side trip to Harper's Ferry

    Harper's Ferry, at the border of Virginia, Maryland, and West Virginia, and at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers, was a strategic Civil War location with lots of history. Long before the war, Harper's ferry was established as a manufacturing and transportation center, as the US Armory and Arsenal was established in 1799. In the...

  • Side trip to South Mountain Battlefield

    The Battle of South Mountain took place just three days before Antietam, on 14 September 1862. The fighting occurred on three separate fields at Turner's Gap, Fox's Gap, and Crampton's Gap. The conflict began in the morning at Turner's and Fox's Gaps where the battle consisted of charges and counter-charges lasting much of the day. Further south at...


    There a couple of interesting monuments of note in the Antietam National Cemetery. One is another monument to the 20th New York - the Turner Regiment. This monument is inscribed in both German and English reflected the two World's these men lived between. The unit suffered grievious losses near the Dunker Church - suffering 145 casualties - where...


    The soldiers are buried in plots that are clustered by the State the soldier was from, though the largest State - for a good third of the men here - is Unknown. There are more than 200 post-Civil war veterans - and their wives - also buried here. These graves are located at the northwestern section of the cemetery, except for several WWI...


    On top of a hill on the east end of Sharpsburg sits the Antietam National Cemetery. There were some 23000 casualties as a result of the one day battle here in 1862 - slightly more from the Union side. Some of those Federals have been gathered here to be interred in the grounds here - some 4776 Federals of whom 1836 are unknown. The setting is...

  • Observation tower. This was...

    Observation tower. This was built so that the visitors to the battlefield could see the entire area.

  • Bridge today.The impact of...

    Bridge today.The impact of Sharpsburg. The union army finally was able to win a major battle and especially a battle waged in their own territory. Although the confederates ere not destroyed and woul be allowed to fight yet another day.

  • This photograph of a quiet...

    This photograph of a quiet countryside now was hell at that time. On September 17, Confederate forces under General Lee were caught by General McClellan near Sharpsburg, Maryland, This battle proved to be the bloodiest day of the war; 2,108 Union soldiers were killed and 9,549 wounded -- 2,700 Confederates were killed and 9,029 wounded. The battle...


Sharpsburg Hotels

  • Jacob Rohrbach Inn

    The Jacob Rohrbach Inn makes a perfect base from which to venture out to the battlefields of...

  • The Inn at Antietam

    220 East Main Street, Sharpsburg, Maryland, 21782, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

Sharpsburg Restaurants

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    CAPTAIN BENDERS TAVERN: Local Pub to ease the History

    by mtncorg Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Sharpsburg is not a large town so there is not much to choose from for dining out. Captain Bender's Tavern is a good choice for hearty, light fare. Wash down that special burger with a pint or two of local Antietam Ale. A perfect end to a day of battlefield strolling.

    Favorite Dish: My burger had a hunk of bleu cheese on it and was just what a burger should be. The Antietam Ale, as previously mentioned, makes a perfect accompaniment.

    CPT Benders fronts Main Street
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    • Food and Dining
    • Beer Tasting
    • Historical Travel

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