BALTIMORE (June 25, 2014) – National Park Service, Maryland Office of Tourism, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Frederick County Tourism Council, and Frederick County Department of Recreation and Parks officials gathered today at Gambrill Mill on the banks of the Monocacy River in Frederick to celebrate the opening of the Attack on Washington: The Last Invasion Civil War Trail and to officially cut the ribbon for the Monocacy Water Trail.
The opening of the trail was timed to coincide with the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Monocacy, also known as “The Battle that Saved Washington.” Events commemorating the last invasion of the Confederate army into Union Territory are scheduled to occur July 5-14 at the national battlefield site.
“We are very excited about this additional opportunity to interpret and share these special Maryland Civil War stories,” said Hannah L. Byron, assistant secretary, Maryland Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts, a unit of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development. “Since opening Maryland’s first Civil War Trail, Antietam Campaign: Lee Invades Maryland in September 2002, our research has demonstrated the traveling public’s continued interest in experiencing this period in Maryland’s history.”
Colorful bugle trailblazer signs lead visitors to waysides where interpretive markers contain both military and anecdotal accounts of the two opposing armies as they maneuvered towards their encounter July 1864. Map guides of the tour include several human-interest stories, including features on the ransoming of towns, post-war personalities and Lincoln at Fort Stevens in Washington, DC.
The Attack on Washington: The Last Invasion Trail may be driven in one or more days depending on traveler preference; however, visitors are encouraged to step out of their cars to enjoy the local scenery and explore other recreational opportunities along the way. Walking tours, hiking, biking and paddling adventures, such as those along the Monocacy Scenic River Water Trail, are but a few of the activities listed.
The free Maryland Civil War Trails mobile app, available in both the App Store and Google play formats, is one of the best ways to access information about the trail. Printed map guides will be distributed free at all Maryland Welcome Centers, local tourism offices, and select Civil War attractions along the trail. Additionally, visitors may call 800-719-5900 to order free map guides. Copies of the map guide may also be downloaded from www.civilwartraveler.org or www.visitmaryland.org.
About Maryland Tourism
The Maryland Office of Tourism is an agency of the Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts within the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development. Visitors to the state spent more than $14.9 billion on travel-related expenses in 2012. During 2012, the Maryland tourism industry also generated $2 billion in state and local taxes, and provided more than 135,000 jobs for Maryland residents.
Attack on Washington: The Last Invasion CIVIL WAR TRAIL
- Interprets events spanning June 3 - August 1, 1864
- Trail located on scenic and historic roads in three states and Washington, DC: Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia
- Red-star markers denote sites specific to the Attack on Washington, including the Battle of Monocacy
- Twenty-two red star sites providing place-based interpretation
- Thirteen sites interpreted for the first time
- The story of McCausland’s Raid of 1864, three sites in Western Maryland, are designated with hollow red stars
- Blue-dot sites depict other area Civil War sites (132 total)
- Sites in eight Maryland counties: Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, Montgomery, Harford, Washington, Allegany and Garrett
- Includes information on the Monocacy River Water Trails
- Additional Civil War and travel information found in the Maryland Civil War Trails mobile app