Antietam National Battlefield


Antietam National BattlefieldEstablished by Act of Congress on August 30, 1890, this Civil War site marks the end of General Robert E. Lee's first invasion of the North in September 1862. The battle claimed more than 23,000 men killed, wounded, and missing in one single day, September 17,1862, and led to Lincoln's issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation.

The best way to view the battlefield is to take the self-guided driving tour. The tour road is 8 miles long with 11 stops. Most visitors drive the route, but walking and biking are encouraged. Audiotape or CD programs, which enhance the self-guided tour, may be purchased from the bookstore.

The Visitor Center houses the museum, an observation room, a 134-seat theater, bookstore, and research library. During the summer season scheduled talks are conducted daily by park rangers. Check at the Visitor Center for a daily schedule.

3-Day Pass - $4 per person, $6 per family
Annual Pass - $20

Getting There:
Traveling east-west on Interstate 70--exit 29 coming west, exit 29A coming east. Route 65 south, ten miles. Traveling north-south on Interstate 81--exit 1, Route 68 east to Route 65. Turn right on Route 65 and travel 5 miles.