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Trail to speak on history of Washington County ironworks

June 26, 2008

SHARPSBURG - Susan Trail will speak at Antietam Ironworks on Saturday at 10 a.m. for what is the first lecture in a lecture series.

She will discuss the historic significance of the ironworks in Washington County.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

The remains of Antietam Ironwork's sit astride Antietam Creek, about a quarter of a mile from the mouth of the creek as it pours into the Potomac River. First constructed in the 1700s, today the Antietam Ironworks has been restored and is used as a venue to host private parties and special events.

Owner Wayne McCrossin has maintained the integrity of the original property.

Trail's lecture will include a slide presentation along with an on-site view of the furnaces.

Trail is a career National Park Service employee who has worked in several local historical parks. Her previous positions include archaeologist at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, cultural resource manager at C&O Canal National Historical Park, assistant superintendent at Antietam National Battlefield, and her current position as superintendent at Monocacy National Battlefield in Frederick County, Md.

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Trail received her B.A. in anthropology from the University of Virginia and an M.A. in anthropology from the College of William and Mary. She recently completed her doctoral degree in American studies at the University of Maryland. Her dissertation focused on the development of the commemorative landscape at Antietam Battlefield.

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