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Sharpsburg heritage festival

September 17, 1998

Heritage DaysVisitors can experience a little bit of life as it was around the time of the Civil War during the Sharpsburg Heritage Festival this weekend.

Wildcat Regiment Band will provide music for a barn dance at Antietam National Battlefield Friday night, Sept. 18, from 9 to 11:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are available at Hagerstown/Washington County Visitors Bureau on Public Square in downtown Hagerstown.

There also will be programs at Antietam National Battlefield, and free tour buses will run between the park and Sharpsburg every half hour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, and Sunday, Sept. 20.

The festival will include living history sites, artists' demonstrations, a craft fair, quilt exhibit and raffle, lectures, horse-drawn carriage and pony rides, walking tours and an antique and artifacts auction.

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"Quilt Voices," a play about Marylanders on the eve of the Civil War, will be presented Saturday, Sept. 19, and there will be free concerts, including sacred and secular Appalachian music, Joe Ayers and Tuckahoe Social Orchestra, Union and Confederate military bands, Rohrersville Band, an organ program, Second Maryland Fifes and Drums and the U.S. Marine Corps Band.

The Antietam series of photographs by Alexander Gardner for Matthew Brady Studio are on loan from Washington County Museum of Fine Arts and will be on display in Sharpsburg Town Hall both Saturday and Sunday.

If you go:

From Hagerstown, take Md. 65 south to Sharpsburg. Traffic will detour around town from 8 a.m. Friday, Sept. 18, to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20.

Antietam National Battlefield Visitors Center is less than 1 mile north of Sharpsburg on Md. 65.

For information, call 1-800-228-STAY. For information about Antietam National Battlefield activities, call 301-432-5124.

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