Maryland

http://www.maryland.worldweb.com/ 

 

Maryland Office of Tourism Development

www.mdisfun.org

410-767-3400, Fax: 410-333-6643, 217 E. Redwood Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

 

State Parks

www.dnr.state.md.us

 

Baltimore

Baltimore Area CVB

410-659-7300, 100 Light St, 12th Fl, 21202.

 

    Baltimore Civil War Museum

    410-385-5188, 601 President St, 21202.  Open 10-5.

    Located in the historic president Street Station (c. 1849), the museum tells stories of Baltimore's role in the Underground Railroad and the Civil War.

 

    Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

     410-962-4299.  End of East Fort Avenue.  Open 8 am-5 pm with extended summer hours. Fee charged.
      Plenty on the Civil War here in the place better known for the inspiration for Key's "The Star Spangled Banner." The late 18th-century fort was a prison for Confederate soldiers and sympathizers during the war. 

    Maryland Historical Society

     410-685-3750.  201 Monument Ave.  

Hours: Wednesday-Friday 10 am-5 pm (first Thursday of month 10 am-8 pm); Saturday 9 am-5 pm, Sunday 11 am-5 pm. $4 adults. 

      Small but effective Civil War display in this wide-ranging museum highlights artifacts from the state's turbulent Civil War history. Highlight is a short video on the subject. 

 

    USS Constellation Museum

     410-539-1797.  Pier 1, Inner Harbor.  Open May to mid-October daily 10 am-6 pm, closing at 4 pm other months of the year. $6.50 adults.
      This 1854 all-sail ship was the last such vessel built by the U.S. Navy and the only surviving Civil War-era ship still afloat. The Constellation patrolled the coast of Africa enforcing the slave trade laws, then protected Union merchant shipping from Confederate raiders in the Mediterranean and served in the West Gulf Blockading Squadron. Much Civil War interpretation on the three decks open to visitors.  

 

Boonsboro

 

    Boonsborough Museum of History

    301-432-6969, 113 N Main St.  21713-1007.  May-Sept, Sun 1-5; and by appointment. $

    Exhibits include Civil War relics, arrowheads, weapons, china, porcelain, pressed glass.

 

    South Mountain State Park

    www.dnr.state.md.us

    301-791-4767, 21843 National Pk, 21713.  

    Hike along 40 miles of the 2,050-mile-long Appalachian Trail, and reflect on the Civil War Battle of South Mountain fought here in September 1862.

    Fox's Gap: where Reno Monument Rd crosses South Mountain.  Features a monument to Union General Jesse Reno, killed at this location. A nearby marker commemorates Confederate Gen. Samuel Garland who died in the gap the same day.  Future Pres. Rutherford B. Hayes was wounded here that morning.

 

    War Correspondents Arch

    301-791-4767, 21843 National Pike, 21713, in the South Mountain Recreation Area.  Open 8am-Sunset.

    Built in 1885 by George Alfred Townsend, famous author and war correspondent of the Civil War period.  It is the only monument in the world erected to the memory of war correspondents.

 

Brunswick

 

    Brunswick Railroad Museum

    www.bhs.edu/rrmus/rrmus.html

    301-834-7100, 40 W Potomac St, 21716.  Open Jan-Apr: Sat 10-4, Sun 1-4; Apr-Oct: Th-F 10-2, Sat 10-4, Sun 1-4. $

    B&O Railroad equipment, photographs, enormous interactive model railroad, Civil War, Victorian socail history exhibits, costumes, furnishings.

 

Cambridge

Dorchester County Tourism

410-228-1000, 2 Rose Hill Pl, 21613

 

    Birthplace of Harriet Tubman (Marker)

    410-228-0401, Green Briar Rd, 21613.  

    Tubman was called "The Moses of her People" because of her courageous work on the Underground Railroad.  She helped more than 300 slaves escape into freedom.

 

    Underground Railroad: Harriet Tubman Museum

   410-228-0401, 424 Race St, 21613.  open Tu-F 9-5, M, Sat 10-2.  Call to schedule.

    Learn about the life of Harriet Tubman and African-American heritage through exhhibits, films and escorted or driving tours.

 

Clinton

 

    Surratt House and Tavern

    301-868-1121.  On Brandywine Road, just west of Route 5 and south of Route 233 (Piscataway Road) in Clinton.  Open Jan. 1 through mid-December, Thursday and Friday 11 am-3 pm, Saturday and Sunday noon-4 pm. Last tour begins 30 minutes before closing. $3 adults. 
      John Wilkes Booth and David Herold stopped here briefly the night of the Lincoln assassination to retrieve guns and supplies stashed earlier. The debate rages still about the involvement of Mary Surratt, who ran a boarding house in Washington at the time. She was hanged for her supposed role in the plot. Guided tours of the house and tavern feature the life in a 19th-century tavern. The visitor center is full of assassination material and features good interpretation of the Booth escape route. Gift shop. 

 

Elkridge

 

    Thomas Viaduct

    410-796-3282, 6086 Old Lawyers Hill, Levering Ave, W of Rt 1, 21075.  Sunrise-sunset.

    Circa 1836 bridge was part of the main railroad between Baltimore and Washington D.C., transporting troops and supplies during the Civil War.

 

Elkton

 

    Sheriff John F. Dewitt Museum

    410-398-1790, 135 E Main St, 21921.  Open M 12-4, Tu 6-8:30pm, Th 10-4, 4th Sat 10-2. W

    Military memorabilia of all armed forces branches, dating from the Revolutionary War to  Desert Storm.

    

 

Frederick

Frederick County Tourism COuncil

301-228-2888, 19 E. Church St. 21701

 

    Barbara Fritchie House & Museum

    301-698-0630, 154 W Patrick St, 21701.  Open Apr-Sep: M, Th, F, Sat & Sun 10-4; Oct-Nov: Sat 10-4, Sun 1-4.  Closed Dec-Mar.

    The museum is the reconstructed house of Barbara Fritchie, heroine of John Greenleaf Whittier's poem from the Civil War.  "Shoot if you must, this old gray head, but spare your country's flag, "  she said while leaning out an upstairs window.  

 

    Hessian Barracks

    800-999-3613, 301-228-2888, 101 Clarke Pl, 21701. Tours by Appt.

    Built in 1777, The site is listed on the National/State Registry of Historic Sites.  Revolutionary War prison, staging point for Lewis and Clark expedition, State Armory in 1812, Civil War general hospital, First Maryland School for the Deaf building, and more.

 

    Historical Society of Frederick County

    www.fwp.net/hsfc

    301-663-1188, 24 E Church St, 21701.  Open M-Sat 10-4, Sun 1-4.  Closed first t wo weeks of the year and major holidays. $

    Late Federal mansion contains furnishings, art, memorabilia from Frederick's heritage.  Research library contains books, documents, archives, microfilm records.

 

    Mount Olivet Cemetery

     301-662-1164.  515 Market St., Frederick.  Open 8 am-dusk. 
   Hundreds of Civil War soldiers, most casualties from the Antietam and Monocacy battlefields, are buried here. Mass grave for Confederate soldiers established in 1880. Francis Scott Key and Barbara Fritchie also are buried in this cemetery, established in the 1850s. 

 

    Monocacy National Battlefield

    www.nps.gov/mono

    301-662-3515, 4801 Urbana Pike, Rt 355 S, 21704.  Open Arp 1-Oct 31: daily 8-4:30; Nov 1-Mar 31: W-Sun 8-4:30. W

    The site of the July 9, 1864 Civil War battle that has been dubbed " the battle that saved Washington."  Confederate Gen. Jubal A. Early defeated Union forces commanded by Gen. Lew Wallace.  Wallace's troops delayed Early, which enabled union forces to marshal a successful defense of Washington D.C.

 

    National Museum of Civil War Medicine

    www.civilwarmed.org

    800-564-1864, 301-695-1864, 48 E Patrick St, 21701.  Open M-Sat 10-5, Sun 11-5.  Closed major holidays.  $, W

    Exhibits illustrating the story of the patients, caregivers and medical innovations of the American Civil War medical artifacts.  Guided tours, educational programs, annual conference, museum store, special events.

 

Gapland

 

    Gathland State Park

    www.dnr.state.md.us

    301-791-4767, MD Rt 67, c/o Greenbrier State Park, 21713.  Open 8-sunset

    Large stone monument dedicated to war correspondence stands near the one-time home of Civil War journalist George Alfred Townsend.  Confederate Troops defended this area during the Battle of South Mountain.  The Appalachian Trail runs through this park.

 

Hagerstown

Washington Co. CVB

301-791-3246, Elizabeth Hager Ctr, 16 Public Sq, 21740

 

   Rose Hill Cemetery

    301-739-3630, 600 S Potomac St, 21740.  Sunup-down

    Statue of "Hope" marks the burial place of more than 2,000 Confederate soldiers who died in Civil War Battles of Antietam and South Mountain.

 

Middletown

 

    Central MD Heritage League/Lamar Cultural Heritage Center

    www.cmhl.org

    301-371-7090. 200 W Main St, 21769.  Open M-F 9-11, call first.

    The non-proffit land preserves South Mountain Battlefield sites and is restoring two historical structures.  

 

Oxon Hill

 

    Fort Foote Park

    301-763-4600, Fort Foote Rd, 20745.  Open 10-dark.  Closed major holidays.  $

    Designed in the 1860's to protect the river entrance to the ports of Alexandria, Georgetown and Washington, D.C.  The National Park Service has cleared paths around the ruins of what is considered the best preserved Civil War fort in the region.

    

Poolesville

 

    John Poole House NHD, NRHP

    301-972-8588, 19923 Fisher Ave, 20837.  Open Sun 12-5.

    Poolesville's earliest building (c.1793).  Early 19th century general store, Civil War memorabilia, arboretum.

    

Scotland

 

    Point Lookout State Park

    301-872-5688, Junction of Chesapeake Bay & Potomac River, Rt 5, 20687. Sunrise-sunset. $, W

    Exhibits depicting Point Lookout's role in the Civil War, monuments, Fort Lincoln, Civil War re-enactments.  Fishing pier, camping.    

 

Sharpsburg

 

    Antietam National Battlefield

    www.nps.gov/anti 

    301-432-5124, Rt 65, Sharpsburg Pk, 21782.  Open 8:30-5, closed major holidays. W

    The scene of the Civil War's bloodiest one-day battle on September 17, 1862, between 87,000 Union troops and 41,000 Confederates is marked by monuments, battlefield exhibits and a visitor center.

 

    Kennedy Farmhouse (John Brown HQ)

    www.johnbrown.org

    202-537-8900, 2406 Chestnut Grove Rd, 21782. Open May-Oct, interior by appt. only.

    Old farmhouse served as staging area as John Brown and his army prepared for Harper's Ferry raid prior to the Civil War.

 

Thurmont

 

    Catoctin Furnace

    301-271-7574, Cunningham Falls Sate Park, 21788.

    Built in 1774 by family of Maryland's first elected governor, Thomas Johnson, the furnace produced iron for Revolutionary War and Civil War arms and for the Union ironclad Monitor.