Antietam National Battlefield is the site of the Battle of Antietam, the first invasion by the Confederate Army into the North during the Civil War. It is known as the “bloodiest one day battle in American history.” On September 17, 1862, more than 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or missing. The battlefield is comprised of more than 3,250 acres of farmland and forests that provides a haven for many different species of plants and animals.
Visitors are allowed to picnic, bicycle and horseback ride on specified areas on the grounds. Fishing and boating are allowed on the Antietam Creek.
The best way to explore Antietam is to take a self-guided 8 1/2 mile driving tour or hike through the battlefield. The Visitor Center features a 26-minute introductory film narrated by James Earl Jones which is shown on the hour and the half- hour, except from noon to 1:00 p.m. a one hour version is show. National Park Service rangers give battlefield talks and lead guided walks. For a personalized tour, Antietam Battlefield Guides provide a guide who will drive your personal vehicle around the park. Tour arrangements must be made in advance (call 301-432-4329). Rates vary depending on the length of time and size of the group. The Pry House Field Hospital Museum is a new museum onsite that features exhibits relating to the care of wounded.
Getting to Antietam National Battlefield
Address: 5831 Dunker Church Road, Sharpsburg, Maryland.
Antietam is located 70 miles northwest of Washington, DC, 65 miles west of Baltimore, 23 miles west of Frederick and 13 miles south of Hagerstown.
Directions: From I-70 West, take Exit 29 onto Rt. 65 South towards Sharpsburg. Continue about 10 miles south to the entrance on the left.
Open daily, except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day
Labor Day to Memorial Day 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Memorial Day to Labor Day 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Three Day Pass -- $5.00 per person (age 16 or older; 15 and under FREE) or $10 per vehicle
Newcomer House Exhibit and Visitors Center
The Newcomer House is one of only two historic homes at Antietam that are open to the public. It serves as the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area Exhibit and Visitor Center and is dedicated to promoting visitor opportunities in Carroll, Frederick and Washington counties. Staffed by National Park Service volunteers, the Newcomer House features interpretive exhibits that share the themes of the heritage area: On the Home Front, in the Heat of Battle, and Beyond the Battlefield. Brochures, Civil War Trails map guides, county visitor guides and other materials are available. The Newcomer House was built in the 1780s by Christopher Orndorff, alongside the “Boonsboro Pike” near the Middle Bridge across Antietam Creek outside of Sharpsburg. The property is referred to as the Newcomer Farm, named for its 1862 owner Joshua Newcomer. Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday only April, May, October and November; Daily June-September.
Attractions Near Antietam Battlefield
- Greenbrier State Park - 12 miles
- Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Park - 12 miles
- South Mountain State Battlefield- 15 miles
- Harpers Ferry National Historical Park - 17 miles
- National Museum of Civil War Medical Museum - 23 miles
- Monocacy National Battlefield - 27 miles
Frederick, Maryland is just 13 miles from Antietam. For more information about the area, see Top 10 Things to Do in Frederick.