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!
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.
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11100 Fort Frederick Rd
Big Pool, MD 21711
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.
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138 W. Main St
Sharpsburg, MD 21782
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.
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9115 North Point Rd
Fort Howard, MD 21052
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.
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4632 Araby Church Rd
Frederick, MD 21704
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.”
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Deal Island Harbor
Deal Island, MD 21821
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.
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Baltimore Cruise Terminals
Baltimore, MD 21230
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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18751 Hogaboom Lane
St. Mary's City, MD 20686
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.
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839 Londontown Rd
Edgewater, MD 21037
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.
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.
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5831 Dunker Church Rd
Sharpsburg, MD 21782