Come Enjoy Our Area Rich In Civil War History
Brunswick is centrally located for visiting and exploring many of the area’s historical sites. The area from Sharpsburg, Maryland to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia offers a variety of experiences for those families, groups, and individuals looking to explore a crucial part of our Nation’s history.
Only 10-15 minutes from Brunswick, is the renovated Civil War town of Harpers Ferry. Harpers Ferry is best known for John Brown's raid on the Armory in 1859, and its role in the American Civil War. Tours are available via the national park service, and there are museums and exhibits as well as shops and food available. For a bird’s eye view of the European-style town, embark on the most scenic hike in the area, starting in Harpers Ferry, crossing the footbridge over the Potomac River and up the C&O Canal, and then to a trail leading to the view of Maryland Heights (overlooking the confluence of two rivers and meeting of three states). Guided hikes are available as well as bike rentals on the C&O Canal with prior reservations.
A bit further away, 20-25 minutes, is the Antietam National Battlefield. Antietam features the bloodiest one day battle in American History. On September 17th, 1862, 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or missing after 12 hours of combat. The Battle of Antietam halted the confederate army’s first invasion into the north and led Abraham Lincoln to issue the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. A driving tour is available as well as an excellent film and displays at the visitors center.
For an alternative way to learn your history, try floating on the Antietam Creek Tubing trip through parts of the Antietam Battlefield. Enjoy guided interpretation and a picnic lunch to top off your day!
Or if kayaking is more your style, join our Antietam Civil War Kayak & Brunch that enjoys a local foods brunch at the restored Newcomer House on Antietam Battlefield, and finishes the day with an interpretive paddle on the Class I & II waves and riffles of this beautiful stream. Or, if you have beginner whitewater kayaking experience, rent kayaks on the Antietam Creek.
The Monocacy Battlefield is the site of the Civil War Battle that saved DC. A self-guided, auto tour provides visitors an overview of key locations where the Battle of Monocacy was fought. Walking trails are also available.