Around Sharpsburg and Keedysville

September 05, 2008|By HARRY NOGLE / 301-432-2437

Town to celebrate Heritage Days

Sharpsburg Heritage Days will be celebrated Saturday, Sept. 13 and Sunday, Sept. 14, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

Music, food, displays and demonstrations will be centered on the fire and rescue parking area off Chapline Street.

Lectures on local and Civil War history will be held both days in Christ Reformed UCC and St. Paul's Episcopal churches. The Historic Places Tour of 11 historic places will be open both Saturday and Sunday from 12:30 to 3 p.m. A donation of $10 is asked for this self-guided tour.

A ticket purchases a map (available at the Historical Society table), admission to the historic places and a postcard set of these places. Each place will have a host or hostess present to answer questions about the historic property. The postcard set is available for purchase separately for a $6 donation.


A guided tour and lecture on O.T. Reilly, a turn-of-the- century Sharpsburg resident who gave battlefield tours in the early 1900s, will be conducted by Stephen Recker, battlefield guide and authority on Reilly. This tour will be given both days at 1 p.m. A donation of $10 is asked for this tour.

Because this tour is limited to 25 persons each day, it is suggested that visitors get tickets in advance. All tour tickets may be obtained from the Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, 16 Public Square, Hagerstown, or from Vernell Doyle by calling 301-992-9767. Remaining tour tickets will be available at the Historical Society table during the event.

Money raised from these tours benefits the Sharpsburg Historical Society and Heritage Days.

Antietam Unit 236

As a public service, Antietam Unit 236 of the American Legion Auxiliary would like to advise that September is National Preparedness Month and encourage everyone to be prepared in the event of a national disaster, power outage or extreme weather event.

Prepare yourself in three ways:

o Get an emergency supply kit

o Make a family emergency plan

o Be informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and their appropriate responses.

A basic emergency supply kit should include: water, one gallon per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation; food, at least a three-day supply of nonperishable food; a battery powered radio with extra batteries; and a first aid kit.

Families might not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to plan in advance how you will contact one another, how you will get back together, and what you will do in different situations.

Ita Kavanagh to speak at senior site

Ita Kavanagh will speak on "Vaccines" Monday at the senior site in Keedysville at the Little Antietam Community Center, 40 Mt. Vernon Drive. Lucie will conduct exercises Tuesday. Call manager Martha Drennen at 301-432-5624 for more details.

Share your news about events in area

Information concerning churches, clubs, schools, organizations and activities in the Sharpsburg/Keedysville area may be sent to Harry Nogle at or 301-432-2437.

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