Exhibit displays Sharpsburg artifacts

April 20, 2012|Harry Nogle | Around Sharpsburg & Keedysville
  • Sgt. Jacob Huyett served in a cavalry unit known as the Hagerstown Blues, a unit of the Maryland Light Dragoons under Lt. Col. Frisby Tilghman. His jacket is part of the Washington County Historical Society's collection of Antietam artifacts of the personal collection of Sharpsburg educator John Philemon Smith.
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The permanent Civil War exhibit of the Washington County Historical Society contains many Antietam artifacts and parts of the personal collection of Sharpsburg educator John Philemon Smith. 

Philemon was 17 at the time of the Battle of Antietam and collected many artifacts from the fields around the town in the immediate days after the battle. 

The society also has a plate from a Sharpsburg family, on which they served dinner to Gen. Robert E. Lee. The exhibit contains a Wheeler leg splint made by Dr. Wheeler from the area somewhere off Wheeler Road and a wall sconce from Dunker Church.

The newest War of 1812 exhibit contains the personal troop records of Capt. John Miller of Sharpsburg — a 16-by-20 parchment muster roll and two journals, all from 1813. Col. Miller, his later rank, is buried at Antietam, with a large monument.

Civil War author to discuss book at library

Author Charles Whitehair will share his book “Escape Across the Potomac” Thursday, April 26, at 7 p.m. at the Sharpsburg Library. After his presentation, Whitehair will be available to sign copies his book.


For more information, call 301-432-8825.

Legion auxiliary to collect worn flags

From April 20 to May 21, residents of Sharpsburg and the surrounding area can place their worn American flags for proper disposal in a collection barrel in front of  Sharpsburg Town Hall.

Unit members of the American Legion Auxiliary, Antietam Unit 236, have provided the barrel and remind all Americans that it is important to display flags for patriotic holidays.

Sharpsburg Fire Co. plans chicken barbecue

Sharpsburg Fire Co. will sell barbequed chicken in front of the Jefferson Security Bank on the Square in Sharpsburg Saturday, starting at 10 a.m. The dinners cost $7 for one-half barbecue chicken, baked beans, applesauce and a roll. It costs $6 for one-half chicken and one roll.  The event will be held rain or shine.

Little League bonanza

Sharpsburg Little League will hold a money bonanza Saturday, April 28, from 4 p.m. to midnight at Williamsport Fire Hall. Tickets cost $35 a couple. A meal of fried chicken, ham, meatballs, macaroni and cheese, baked beans, dessert, draft beer or soda will be served at 6 p.m. Ticket drawings will begin at 7.

DJ Knights of the Turntable will play dance favorites at 9 p.m. Tip jars will be available throughout the evening.

For more information, G.E. Ingram at 240-675-8140.

Sharpsburg recycling bin to be removed

The Sharpsburg community recycling bin in the parking area of the town EMS/Fire facilities will be removed permanently June 1. Residents who wish to have home curb side recycling pick up must do so at their own expense by contacting Apple Valley Waste  at 1-877-267-1280 or go to

Ruritan accepting vendors

The Rohrersville Ruritan is accepting craft vendors, flea market vendors or yard sale vendors for its June 9 and 10 strawberry festival. Vendor spaces are free, but vendors must contact J.R. at or 240-818-1038 to reserve a space. The Ruritan is also looking for churches, Scouting groups or any other group that would like to perform or help with children’s activities.

Spaghetti dinner set

Salem Lutheran Church, at 17626 Bakersville  Road, will hold a  spaghetti feed Saturday, April 28, beginning at noon. Tickets cost $7 for adult. $4 for those ages 5 to 12 and are free for those 4 and younger. A yard sale will be held both April 27 and 28.

Yard, bake sale  planned

Benevola United Methodist Church, at 19925 Benevola Church Road, will hold a yard sale and bake sale Saturday, April 28, from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the church multi-purpose room.

Ambulance company to hold fundraiser

Boonsboro Ambulance and Rescue Co. will hold a chicken barbecue and bake sale Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. until sold out at the ambulance station, 7619 Old National Pike, Boonsboro. Chicken costs $6 for halves and $7 for dinners. 

Humane society to hold rabies clinics

The Humane Society of Washington County will hold a rabies, microchip and dog license clinic Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Boonsboro High School in the back parking lot. Dogs, cats and ferrets must be leashed or must be in carriers. Animals must be at least 4 months of age to be vaccinated.  Owners must bring a previous rabies certificate to receive a 3-year vaccination and certificate.  Vaccinations cost $7 per animal. Microchips cost $15 per animal.

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