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18th Century French, Indian and British reenactors lined up firing their rifles
18th Century French, Indian and British reenactors
S.S John W. Brown World War II Liberty Ship
S.S John W. Brown World War II Liberty Ship
Antietam was the site of the single bloodiest day of fighting on American soil.
Cannon at Antietam National Battlefield

In Maryland, centuries of history and traditions are always at your fingertips, but these amazing hands-on history events bring those traditions to life. In September, we celebrate the 15th anniversary of Maryland Civil War Trails, five driving tours that explore the Civil War story that unfolded on Maryland’s landscapes. Step back in time and into an adventure with these great events!

 

18th Century French, Indian and British reenactors lined up firing their rifles

1 French and Indian War Muster

August 26-27, 2017
18th Century French, British, and American Indian reenactors assemble for a weekend of living history demonstrations and reenactments.
Big Pool


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Location:
11100 Fort Frederick Rd
Big Pool, MD 21711
301-842-2155


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Antietam National Cemetery

2 Evening Tour of Antietam National Cemetery

August 31, 2017
See Antietam National Cemetery by night with a special tour to commemorate its 150th anniversary.
Sharpsburg


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Location:
220 E. Main St
Sharpsburg, MD 21782
301-432-7678


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3 Defenders' Day at North Point

September 2, 2017
Relive the day valiant Marylanders stopped the British Army and saved America with Defenders’ Day reenactments.
Fort Howard


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Location:
9115 North Point Rd
Fort Howard, MD 21052
410-284-2331


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Union soldier reenactors firing a canon

4 Monocacy National Battlefield Artillery Weekend

September 2-3, 2017
The thunderous roar of field artillery will return to Monocacy National Battlefield the first weekend in September. Come experience a unique soundscape and learn about what it was like to serve in the artillery during the Civil War.
Frederick


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Location:
4632 Araby Church Rd
Frederick, MD 21704
301-662-3515


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Deal Island Skipjack Race

5 Deal Island Skipjack Races and Island Fest

September 2-4, 2017
There’s nothing more beautiful than a line of skipjacks under sail. This annual festival brings working skipjacks from across the bay to race for the title of fastest in the fleet. Island Fest also offers music, amazing food, a car show, fishing tournament, skiff races and a boat docking exhibition by the “Chesapeake Cowboys.”
Deal Island


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Location:
Deal Island Harbor
Deal Island, MD 21821
410-784-2785


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S.S John W. Brown World War II Liberty Ship

6 S.S. John W. Brown Living History Cruise

September 9, 2017
Climb aboard the last World War II Liberty Ship still plying the seas as the S.S. John W. Brown sets sail during a living history cruise. Marvel as real warbirds fly mock attack runs as you cruise the Chesapeake.
Baltimore


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Location:
Baltimore Cruise Terminals
Baltimore, MD 21230
410-558-0164


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Colorful living history and amazing archaeology reveal the past at Maryland's first capital. Photo By: St. Mary's City

7 Indian Discovery Day

September 9, 2017
Explore and celebrate the life ways and culture of Maryland’s first people through hands-on activities. Learn skills, try crafts, watch demonstrations, and gain a new appreciation for Maryland's native peoples.
St. Mary's City


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Location:
18751 Hogaboom Lane
St. Mary's City, MD 20686
240-895-4990


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Historic Londontown

8 Maps and Cartography Living History Weekend

September 9, 2017
Join the crew of the Acasta as they demonstrate map making techniques while charting the South River. Afloat and ashore, these sailors will be charting the waters just off our shore.
Historic Londontown


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Location:
839 Londontown Rd
Edgewater, MD 21037
410-222-1919


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Park living history programs at Antietam National Battlefield provide a glimpse into the lives of Civil War soldiers. Photo By: National Park Service

9 Antietam Battle Anniversary Weekend

September 16-17 & 24-25, 2017
The Anniversary Programs include tours, hikes, and talks and exploring the events that unfolded during and after the Maryland Campaign of 1862.  Events include a commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Antietam National Cemetery on
September 17th.
Sharpsburg


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Location:
5831 Dunker Church Rd
Sharpsburg, MD 21782
301-432-5124


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Chesapeake Storytelling Festival Sign

10 Chesapeake Storytelling Festival

September 16, 2016
Take a magical journey through the history – both real, and imagined – of Maryland’s Chesapeake region. Enjoy tall tales, folklore and more.
Wye Mills


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Location:
Chesapeake College
Wye Mills, MD 21679
410-758-2520


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Antietam was the site of the single bloodiest day of fighting on American soil.

11 Aftermath of Battle – Living History Weekend

September 23-24, 2017
Explore what the battlefield would have been like after the firing had ceased. Living history volunteers will tell the story of the United States Sanitary Commission and demonstrate the role it played in improving the life of the common soldier by portraying a soldier feeding station. Park volunteers will demonstrate wet plate photography, the process that Alexander Garnder used to capture the haunting images of the Civil War dead at Antietam that changed the way that the American public viewed warfare.
Sharpsburg


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Location:
5831 Dunker Church Rd
Sharpsburg, MD 21782
301-600-4031


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Featured Places
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Location:
11100 Fort Frederick Rd
Big Pool, MD 21711
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Location:
220 E. Main St
Sharpsburg, MD 21782
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Location:
9115 North Point Rd
Fort Howard, MD 21052
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Location:
4632 Araby Church Rd
Frederick, MD 21704
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Deal Island Harbor
Deal Island, MD 21821
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Baltimore Cruise Terminals
Baltimore, MD 21230
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Location:
18751 Hogaboom Lane
St. Mary's City, MD 20686
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839 Londontown Rd
Edgewater, MD 21037
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Location:
5831 Dunker Church Rd
Sharpsburg, MD 21782
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Chesapeake College
Wye Mills, MD 21679
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Location:
5831 Dunker Church Rd
Sharpsburg, MD 21782
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