Antietam National Battlefield wins Maryland Life Magazine's Best Historic Attraction Award

April 13, 2011
  • A tree dominates the view at the entrance to Mumma Cemetery at Antietam National Battlefield. The battlefield recently won Maryland Life Magazine's Best Historic Attraction Award.
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SHARPSBURG — Antietam National Battlefield recently won Maryland Life Magazine's Best Historic Attraction Award.

The Free State's Finest Awards are listed in the magazine's April 2011 issue.

The National Park Service's Antietam National Battlefield was notified that the readers of Maryland Life Magazine selected Antietam as the best historic attraction in Western Maryland, and one of the top six selected in the state.

Antietam National Battlefield is Western Maryland's most-visited historic attraction, last year seeing more than 900,000 visitors (paid and free), a more than 10 percent increase in visitation compared with 2009.

Some top events there include the annual Salute to Independence, which attracts more than 30,000 people, and the annual Memorial Illumination, which last year attracted more than 21,000 people.

Known as America's single bloodiest day, the Battle of Antietam on Sept. 17, 1862, resulted in more than 23,000 casualties.

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Maryland Life Magazine polled its more than 30,000 readers to vote on "Best of the Best" in each Maryland region.

A plaque was awarded at a recent statewide ceremony.

Working in a cooperative agreement, the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area, the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau and Antietam National Battlefield commemorate the Civil War's losses and sacrifices at the new exhibit and visitor center at the historic Newcomer House.

The venue also features interpretive exhibits, as well as information on historic sites throughout the three-county Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area. The Newcomer House is getting ready for its seasonal reopening.

For more information about Maryland Life Magazine's "Free State's Finest" Awards, go to

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