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If you go to Antietam

June 21, 1999

Directions

To Antietam National Battlefield from Hagerstown: Take Md. 65 south 12 miles. The battlefield will be on the left, less than one mile north of Sharpsburg.

Costs

-Costs: Park entrance: $2 per individual, $4 per family. Tape-recorded field guide: $5 to rent, $6.95 to buy.

Tours

Park ranger-guided tours are free and can be taken without reservations, but it's best to schedule them about a week in advance. For larger groups (like a busload), there are private companies that provide tours. Both can be contacted through the Antietam Visitor Center at 301432-5124.

Movies

If you are interested in military strategy, check out the long film (every day at noon). If you want a backdrop of the war and some presidential history, the short film is better.

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Miscellaneous

If you ever wondered if your ancestors fought in the Civil War, or what side they were on, "The Civil War Explorer" in the museum is a novel way to research that information on computer.

Coming Up

July 3: Independance Day commemoration with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra and Zambelli Internationale Fireworks. Concert begins at 7:30 with fireworks following.

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