A group of eight travel writers participated in a tour of Maryland's Civil War sites from Feb. 22 to 25, in anticipation of the 150-year anniversary in April of the start of the war.
The Maryland Office of Tourism and Visit Baltimore — with support from the Howard County Tourism Council, Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area and Tourism Council of Frederick County — arranged the trip.
Tour stops included the Maryland Historical Society, B&O Railroad Museum (Baltimore and Ellicott City), Antietam National Battlefield, Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area Exhibit and Visitor Center at the Newcomer House at Antietam, Pry House Field Hospital Museum, National Museum of Civil War Medicine and Monocacy National Battlefield.
While visiting Washington County, the travel writers ate at the Historic Old South Mountain Inn and stayed at the Courtyard by Marriott, all courtesy of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The FAM itinerary began with a press event that re-created Abraham Lincoln's arrival in Baltimore at dawn en route to Washington, D.C., for his presidential inauguration. The travel writers toured Washington County with a guide from the Hagerstown-Washington County CVB.
A sesquicentennial commemoration of the war is planned in Baltimore from April 15 to 17.
Many events are planned during the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.
For more information, go to www.heartofthecivilwar.org.