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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. Experience the Maryland Civil War Trails, whose five driving tours 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 25-26, 2018
18th Century French, British, and American Indian reenactors assemble for a weekend of living history demonstrations and reenactments.
Big Pool


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


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Antietam National Cemetery

2 Civil War Lecture Series at Antietam's Jacob Rohrbach Inn - Zouaves, the First and the Bravest

August 22, 2018
Join historian and battlefield guide, Dr. Tom Clemens for his talk on “Zouaves, the First and the Bravest.”  Outdoor event; bring a chair.  This is just one in the series of summer programs offered at the Jacob Rohrbach Inn. Leading historians and Antietam Battlefield Guides present intriguing topics that are free and open to the public.
Sharpsburg


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138 W. Main St
Sharpsburg, MD 21782
301-432-5079


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3 Defenders' Day at North Point

September 2, 2018
Relive the day valiant Marylanders stopped the British Army and saved America with Defenders’ Day reenactments.  Events take place all day long.
Fort Howard


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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 Day

August 11, 2018
The thunderous roar of field artillery will return to Monocacy National Battlefield in August.  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 1-3, 2018
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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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 1, 2018
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. Experience what a WW II soldier or marine would have seen and felt.  USO style entertainment and re-enactors.  Sea rations (deli lunch) included.  Departs from the Cruise Maryland Terminal.
Baltimore


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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 8, 2018
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 Uncertain Freedom - 1864

September 1-2,  2018
Journey back to the waning years of the Civil War, and meet the people of color who lived and worked in the Almshouse. The looming shadow of slavery will not disappear, even with impending Union victory.
Historic Londontown


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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 Living History - Antietam in August

August 26, 2018
Volunteers from the Confederate Military Forces will provide combined infantry and artillery firing demonstration programs at 11am and 1pm.
Sharpsburg

 

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

10 Aftermath of Battle – Living History Weekend

September 22-23, 2018
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:
9115 North Point Rd
Fort Howard, MD 21052
Civil War reenactors conduct artillery drills
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Location:
4632 Araby Church Rd
Frederick, MD 21704
Skipjack race
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Location:
Deal Island Harbor
Deal Island, MD 21821
John W Brown WWII Liberty Ship
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Location:
Baltimore Cruise Terminals
Baltimore, MD 21230
Indian Day at Indian Discovery Day
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Location:
18751 Hogaboom Lane
St. Mary's City, MD 20686
William Brown House
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Location:
839 Londontown Rd
Edgewater, MD 21037
Civil War Bugle
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Location:
5831 Dunker Church Rd
Sharpsburg, MD 21782
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