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As the long line of horseback riders crossed Taneytown Road, a young girl in a waiting car turned eagerly to her parents. We riders could imagine their conversation for the rest of their vacation.

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When folks think of visiting Civil War sites within an hour or so of our nation’s capital, Manassas, Gettysburg, Sharpsburg or Fredericksburg always grab the most attention. But extraordinary other stories of the war between the states await your discovery in communities and crossroads we ra…

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Few areas of Maryland escaped the trauma of the Civil War (1861-1865), and today thousands of tourists visit the battlefields, museums, cemeteries and monuments. From Point Lookout in southern Maryland to Antietam in the central part of the state and as far west as Hagerstown and beyond, the…

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For soldiers Blue and Gray during our Civil War, Christmas away from home provided not only stark memories but demanded daunting attention to duty. When the war began in 1861, few soldiers believed the war would be waged for more than a few months. Yet when Christmas found them still in the …

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“On to Richmond,” once a Civil War battle cry, now calls visitors to experience this vibrant city in a surprising new way. On one of the most valuable parcels of land in Richmond’s downtown riverfront, a shining new $25 million museum to the Civil War tells the American story of the most sem…

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For over 40 years, the Asam family’s Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown, W.Va., has been hosting friends and neighbors for relaxing getaways in their 72-room inn. Luxurious features include gourmet meals such as wild game, fireplaces, whirlpool baths and an infinity pool. Perched on a spectacular…

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Summer is in full swing in Gettysburg, perfect for a getaway trip to disconnect and get inspired. Whether you’re looking to blaze a foodie trail or walk in the footsteps of history, Gettysburg is a short drive to amazing experiences.

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Like most of Maryland, Howard County’s sentiments were divided during the Civil War. Unlike many areas, however, these Howard County sites connected with the war continue to serve modern day functions while standing as reminders of another era.

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Unique and memory-making experiences await all students of the Civil War over the weekend of June 22-23. To commemorate the 155th anniversary of the Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse, the National Park Service is hosting an extraordinary living history weekend event on the actual Spotsylvani…

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Wintergreen summers are full of cool breezes, sun-kissed smiles, stories and s’mores around the campfire, picnics at the lake, cannonballs in the pool, and magnificent sunrises and sunsets. You can hike to waterfalls and magnificent overlooks, spy on birds and squirrels, chipmunks and deer, …

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The Town of New Market, Va., returns to the spotlight during the weekend of May 18-19 for the longest continual reenactment in the United States. Hundreds of living historians from around the country will bring the epic event to life on the very ground where the actual battle occurred on May…

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The flowers are poking out of the ground, the weather is getting warmer and everyone is itching to get out of the house and cure their spring fever. Gettysburg, Pa., is the place to jump into spring and embrace the inspiration.

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Your imagination soars when you stand on the shore near where the Civil War ironclads waged their mighty battle or when you view earthworks that witnessed the greatest concentration of artillery in the history of the world. Visiting some amazing sites in Newport News, Va., you are transporte…

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’Tis the season to be jolly ... at the home of the first woman executed by the United States? Well, actually, yes, because as it turns out, there are a number of good reasons to visit the Surratt House Museum, home of Mary Surratt, during the month of December.

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The academic buildings of Virginia Military Institute and Washington and Lee University look down on the streets of Lexington, Va., from their elevated locations. Both institutions have stories to tell about famous names in history.The VMI Museum, sheltered under the vast chapel, offers a fa…

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“Gettysburg gets the press for being the largest battle in the Civil War, but Antietam was not only the bloodiest day in American history, it also changed the course of the war through the Emancipation Proclamation,” said John Lustrea of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine.The city of …

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Just in time for the autumn travel season, the American Battlefield Trust is deploying a smartphone app that will help heritage travelers explore the nation’s Civil War battlefields and understand the high-stakes fighting that transpired on them.

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National Museum of Civil War Medicine (NMCWM) historian John Lustrea will lead a special historic walking tour through Downtown Frederick on the First Saturday in September at 3 PM. John will be highlighting individual accounts from several of Frederick’s Civil War hospitals on the program.

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Among the region’s many Civil War museums, three focus on one particular topic — medical practices during the war.

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The lyrics and tune from the sweet 1970s folk-rock song “Take Me Home, Country Roads” are probably still in your head. And, as it turns out, John Denver’s words to the state’s official song — sometimes referred to as “Almost Heaven”— are spot on. In these sweet days of early summer, those se…

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West Virginia truly deserves the name Mountain State, with its country roads and majestic views. Soon, visitors will have yet another reason to take the trip to the Morgantown area. The 14th annual Wild and Wonderful MountainFest

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A three-day weekend in Virginia’s Spotsylvania County proves that you don’t have to travel far for adventure. Start your weekend with a trip to “merrie olde England,” a glimpse at aviation history, and a visit to a bucolic historic home reeking with Civil War history. Here’s how to see it all.

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Good fortune took me to Ellwood Manor in Orange County the same summer day three generations of Lacy family members chose to visit. They were here to see the home of their ancestor, J. Horace Lacy, who owned the estate during the Civil War. 

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A visit to Frederick, Md., today can mean visiting the craft breweries, wineries, and distilleries that have made the city and surrounding area their home, dining in the restaurants that line Market and Patrick streets, or sipping a refreshing libation at a rooftop bar. This hip vibe rests e…

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A nation on the brink. Two armies on the move. The media on its toes. A president on alert and a town on guard. Freedom for all is on the line. No one and nothing escaped Gettysburg–just three days–untouched.

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In Gettysburg, the assortment of readily available visitor facilities and guide services enables both casual visitors and dedicated Civil War scholars to meet the people and events from those three historic days in July 1863.

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Cannons greet you at the entrance to the City of Manassas Museum, 9101 Prince William St., and the community abounds in Civil War history. You literally walk in the footsteps of military generals, presidents, and ordinary people when you visit the museum and its other properties. With free a…

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The next time you go to Gettysburg, be prepared to be surprised. Preservation activists, led by the Civil War Trust and funded by very generous donors, have purchased and restored the widow Mary Thompson’s modest stone home along the Chambersburg Pike. Located in the center of the first day’…

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In 1785, Thomas Jefferson noted that “… the passage of the Patowmac through the Blue Ridge is one of the most stupendous scenes in nature.” His words ring just as true today in the place known as Harpers Ferry, where the Potomac and the Shenandoah rivers meet, and where the states of Marylan…

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There is more to the Civil War than just the major battles. Gettysburg, Antietam, Fredericksburg, and the other large actions attract much attention, but to really understand the war’s impact on the nation’s people, you must look beyond those historic clashes.

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Seven score and 13 years ago, our forefathers hiked to Gettysburg for a monumental battle. Today’s visitors to Gettysburg don’t have to wage war, but they’ll be pleasantly surprised to learn that scenic Adams County offers the ideal backdrop for their own hiking, golfing, and other recreatio…