Discover Antietam National Battlefield near Keedysville

BBOnline encourages a visit to Antietam National Battlefield while enjoying your stay at a Keedysville Bed and Breakfast. This battlefield is well known among Civil War historians, as it saw the most American bloodshed in one single day. The battle pitted General George McClellan's Army of the Potomac against the Confederates under the direction of Robert E. Lee, resulting in Lee being forced to retreat.

Antietam National Battlefield
Visitor Center
5831 Dunker Church Road
Sharpsburg, MD 21782
(301) 432-5124

Antietam National Battlefield Visitor Center

The Visitor Center is home to museum exhibits about the battle and the Civil War. This center should be your first stop after leaving your Keedysville Inn to visit this historical battlefield. A one-hour film on the battle, Antietam Documentary, can be viewed daily from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the center. Interpretive programs are conducted by park rangers as well as guided walking and auto tours. Every hour a 26-minute film, Antietam Visit, is shown. This short movie recreates the battle and President Lincoln's visit to the Union Commander George B. McClellan. Also take part in the battlefield scavenger hunt, which you can complete during your tour of the battlefield. Visit the bookstore to rent or buy audiotapes depicting the history of the battle.

Tours

A unique, in-depth and hands-on way to view and learn the battlefield is to take the self guided driving tour. The tour is over eight miles long with 11 stops along the way. Many visitors chose to drive the route, but for a richer experience walking and bicycling is suggested.

Personalized tours conducted by volunteers are available. The volunteer will guide you via your own vehicle around the battlefield park for this two and a half hour tour. Your personal guide has been tested on the experience, knowledge and history of the battlefield. The guides can also be hired for specialty tours of longer durations. Make reservations in advance by calling (301) 432-4329.

Pry House Field Hospital Museum

This museum is fairly new and is located in the historic Pry House. In the course of the battle, Pry House was the Union Commander George B. McClellan's headquarters. Focus is on medical procedures throughout the time period of the battle as well as historical information on Pry House. The museum hours are daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Hiking

Several hiking trails are conveniently located around the battlefield. BBOnline suggests walking on the few short trails before retiring to your Keedysville Bed and Breakfast.

  • Bloody Lane Trail: This trail is a little over a mile and a half and is the newest one constructed in the park. It begins at the Visitor Center and proceeds by following the footsteps Union soldiers took in their march toward Bloody Lane.
  • Final Attack Trail: This trail explores the final hours of the battle. It is a little over a mile and a half and begins as well and ends at the Burnside Bridge parking lot.
  • The West Woods Trail: This mile and a half trail starts at the Visitor Center and meanders through the historic wood lot.