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Re-enactment tickets on sale

March 12, 2002|BY DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

Tickets for the 140th anniversary re-enactment of the Battle of Antietam are available at the Visitors Center in downtown Hagerstown, Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Ben Hart said Monday.

The Visitors Center at 6 N. Potomac St. is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Tickets can be purchased at the center, by calling the center at 301-791-3246, or on the bureau's Web site at www.marylandmemories.com, by clicking on the Antietam 140th anniversary logo on the site's home page, Hart said.

Spectators will need tickets to get onto the grounds for the Sept. 13-15 re-enactment on farmland along Rench Road south of Hagerstown, said Dennis Frye, co-chairman of the Antietam Commemoration Committee, which is organizing the event.

In addition to daily battle re-enactments, there will be demonstrations on life during the mid-1800s, Frye said.

Advance one-day tickets cost $17 for adults and $10 for children ages 6-12.

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Advance two-day tickets cost $29 for adults and $16 for children.

Advance three-day tickets cost $42 for adults and $22 for children.

One-day tickets at the gate will cost $20 for adults and $10 for children.

Parking is included in the ticket price.

Admission is free for children younger than 6.

Re-enactment tickets eventually will be available at several locations, possibly including places in Gettysburg, Pa. and Frederick, Md., Washington County Planning Director Robert Arch said.

Tickets will be available next week through a ticket center at 1-888-248-4597, said Karen Glenn, a spokeswoman with the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, which is overseeing that ticket center.

The County Convention and Visitors has already spent about $23,000 advertising the re-enactment in magazines such as AAA World, Historic Traveler and Better Homes and Gardens, Hart said.

The ads direct people to call 1-888-248-4597 for more information. But a woman who took a call at that number on Monday said she was telling people to call back later for tickets.

Operators there are supposed to record the names and phone numbers of those who call so they can be called back once tickets are available, Glenn said.

Frye said he called the state's ticket center two weeks ago to test the operators, and the operator he spoke with asked for his name and phone number. Any confusion over what the operators are supposed to do is probably not widespread, he said.

He said upcoming training for operators hopefully will clear up any remaining confusion by Monday.

As many as 100,000 spectators and 15,000 re-enactors are expected to attend the three days of re-enactments.

Re-enactment information also is available on the Web site www.antietamreenactment.com.

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