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At Antietam Battlefield
A Sharpsburg Landmark Since 1804

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Cannon along the Hagerstown Pike
Cannon along the Hagerstown Pike on Antietam Battlefield
Courtesy of Don Pierce, Civil War Traveler

Event dates for 2014 are being added as they are announced.
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National Park Events

Antietam National BattlefieldSecure Online Reservations

Antietam Battlefield 2014 Event Calendar

In addition to the major events hosted at the park, there is an introductory program shown each half hour in the Visitor Center and a one hour documentary shown daily at noon. (If you miss the documentary at the Visitors Center we have a copies for viewing in your room.) Daily Park Ranger led activities are posted each day at the Visitor's Center. Tours given on a specific day depend on staff scheduling and availability. Major exhibits are at the Visitor Center and at the Pry House Field Hospital Museum.

There are now over 12 miles of hiking trails on the battlefield, some with podcast guides and booklets that you can download, full color trail guides are also for sale at the visitor's center. For the latest Visitor Information call 301-432-5124

Harper's Ferry National Historical Park

Harpers Ferry 2014 Event Calendar

There are introductory programs shown each half hour. Daily Park Ranger led activities are posted each day at the Visitor's Center. Tours given on a specific day depend on staff scheduling and availability. For the latest Visitor Information call the Park at 304-535-6298.

C&O Canal National Historical Park

C&O Canal 2014 Event Calendar

The Ferry Hill, Williamsport and Brunswick park visitor centers are convenient to Sharpsburg. Ferry Hill Plantation (1810) is the closest (2 miles), high above the C&O canal, overlooking the Potomac River and Shepherdstown, WV, it is the former home of Col. Henry Kyd Douglas, CSA, Stonewall Jackson's staff officer and author of  "I Rode With Stonewall". For the latest Visitor Information call the Park at 301-739-4200

South Mountain Battlefield State Park

Park rangers offer guided tours at Washington Monument State Park every Friday afternoon. The Battle of South Mountain on September 14th, 1862 set the stage for the devastating Battle of Antietam on September 17th.

Other Events

Nora Roberts Book Signing in Boonsboro
February 15th, 2014

Nora Roberts / J.D. Robb, Erica Bauermeister, Jaci Burton, Sylvia Day, Stephanie Dray/Draven, Jeaniene Frost J. Kenner,Pamela Palmer and local children's author Michael T. Myers, will be signing their books at Nora's bookstore in Boonsboro (10 minutes from the Inn)

Nora Roberts Book Signing in Boonsboro
March 22nd, 2014

Nora Roberts and other authors will be signing their books at Nora's Bookstore in Boonsboro (10 minutes from the Inn)

Mega Signing - Nora Roberts' Turn the Page bookstore
Friday, April 4th, 2014

Nora Roberts and other authors will be signing their books at Nora's bookstore in Boonsboro (10 minutes from the Inn)

Star Party at Antietam Battlefield
Two nights, April 4th and 5th, 2014

Sunset to 11pm. View stars thru telescopes, watch laser guided star tour, kids friendly hands-on area. Antietam National Battlefield Visitors Center parking area, Sharpsburg. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by The TriState Astronomers

13th Annual Race for the Birds
April 5, 2014
9 to 12
The race will be held on the beautiful 538-acre campus of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) not normally open to the public,

Civil War Preservation Trust Park Day
April 5, 2014

An annual hands-on preservation event to assist Civil War battlefields and historic sites take on some maintenance projects. Clean up projects will last from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Meet at the park visitor center for registration at 8:00 a.m.

18th Century Market Faire Weekend
April 24th to 27th, 2014

At Fort Frederick traders, street vendors, entertainers, colonists, American Indians and military units portray the time period 1730 through 1790 and the customs and dress of a typical Market Faire gathering of this time and geographic area.

Sharpsburg's Old Fashioned Memorial Day Parade
May 24th, 2014

Western Maryland Blues Fest
May 29 - June 1, 2014

In nearby Hagerstown, the Western Maryland Blues Fest serves up an annual community celebration centered around one of America's most enduring musical forms-the blues.

Contemporary American Theater Festival
July 11th - August 3rd, 2014

Since its founding in 1990 the acclaimed Contemporary American Theater Festival in Shepherdstown, 3 miles from the Jacob Rohrbach Inn, has produced more than 80 new American plays. Ticket now on sale for this increasingly popular festival.

Nora Roberts Book Signing in Boonsboro
July 19th, 2014

Nora Roberts and other authors will be signing their books at Nora's bookstore in Boonsboro (10 minutes from the Inn)

Augustoberfest - German Festival
August 22th and 24th, 2014

Enjoy Bavarian food, entertainment and fun in nearby Hagerstown. Celebrate German culture and folklore through food and beer, music, songs, dance and beer.

Boonsborough Days
September 6th and 7th, 2012

The Boonsborough Days town festival will also be held this weekend in Shafer Park (Boonsboro), featuring a craft show and demonstrations, country and ethnic food, art, and antiques.

152nd Antietam Battle Anniversary Events
September 12th - 17th, 2014

Special ranger-led "real time hikes", historical lectures, living history and music of the Civil War at the Battlefield in Historic Sharpsburg. Starting the evening of the 12th and continuing through the weekend reenactors will present living history demonstrations at locations on the battlefield, encampments and activities will focus on the battle, medical care of the wounded, and the aftermath. An all day battlefield walking tour is featured on September 17th.

This weekend is also an opportunity to walk the grounds at the same time of day the fighting was taking place 152 years ago. A great variety of activities will take place all weekend.

Vesper Sparrow Project
September 13th, 2014
St. Paul Episcopal Church
209 W. Main St.
Sharpsburg, MD

Join naturalist Wil Hershberger from 9:30 to 10:30 am to learn about the Vesper Sparrows. Vesper Sparrow populations have been declining rapidly over most of their breeding range. Habitat loss, changes in land use practices, and the use of pesticides have been linked to this decline. The song of the Vesper Sparrow is musical and haunting. This beautiful song can be heard from just before sunrise, throughout the day, and lasting past sunset, hence the name Vesper.

Nora Roberts Book Signing in Boonsboro
September 13th, 2014

Nora Roberts / J.D. Robb, Janice Maynard, Lori Foster, Victoria Roberts, Tiffany Snow, Jaclyn Dolamore, Shirley Jump & Dianne Wiebe, will be signing their books at Nora's bookstore in Boonsboro (10 minutes from the Inn)

10th Annual Pack Horse Ford River Crossing
September 20th, 2014, Noon

Ford the Potomac at Pack Horse Ford where Lee's retiring army crossed back to the Confederacy after the battle of Antietam. Meet at noon in Shepherdstown at the McMurran Hall (the corner of German and King streets) for a walk down River Road to Pack Horse Ford. Bring a sturdy pole and plan to get wet. Following the crossing into Maryland a picnic at the Princess street ferry landing will follow with hotdogs and hamburgers provided by Blue Moon. For further information call Dan Smith @ 304-876-3523.

Fall Mountain Heritage Arts & Crafts Festivals
September 26 - 28, 2014

Nearly 200 of our nation's most outstanding crafters. One of the largest festivals of this kind on the East Coast, offering something for everyone's taste and pocketbook. To ensure excellence, all crafters have been prejudged for excellence thus assuring that only first quality items will be displayed and sold.

Maryland Poultry Swap and Farmers Market
September 27th, 2014 8am to 2pm
Green Hill Farm
Sharpsburg, MD

The Poultry Swap has been growing rapidly each year and is now more like a Farmer's Flea Market that can include anything farm related, homemade, handcrafted, homegrown and recycled. Find all sorts of poultry including game birds and exotics, hatching eggs, incubators, rabbits, small livestock, cages, crafts like handmade baskets, jewelry, tote bags, used and new horse tack, used and new tools, gardening and farming supplies, local honey, produce, flowers, started plants and much more!

Sharpsburg Halloween Ghost Tours
Halloween Ghost Tour season in Sharpsburg begins October 3rd

Walking tours are designed to be historical and spooky but not gory, and are perfect entertainment for families and groups. Gravediggers and Ghosts of Sharpsburg Tours explain the numerous sightings of Confederate soldiers through historic first-hand accounts of people who lived in the area and their experiences attending to the burial of the dead left by General Lee's army. Tours vary from 1.25 to 2 hours. $7.00 - $12.00.

Freedom's Run Marathon
OCT 4, 2014

Marathon, Half marathon, 10K, 5K, and Kids Run
The route takes you through 4 National Parks!

Star Party at Antietam Battlefield
October 3rd and 4th, 2014

Sunset to 11pm. Antietam National Battlefield Visitors Center parking area, Sharpsburg. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by The TriState Astronomers

Peak Fall Foliage
October 20th thru November 6, 2014

Enjoy a Fall Foliage hike in our 4 National Parks

Big Cork Vineyard Fall Festival
4236 Main St.
Rohrersville, MD 21779
Close to Sharpsburg (7 miles)

October 25th and 26th, 2014
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Food & Wine tasting, many other events.
See festival information here

American Conservation Film Festival
October 30th thru November 2nd, 2014

Enjoy 50 films over 4 days in beautiful Shepherdstown, West Virginia

Over the Mountain Studio Tour
November 8th and 9th, 2014

Artisans invite you to visit their studios. 23 professional artists and craft workers, the best of Jefferson County, West Virginia, open their studios and workshops to the public at 12 different locations on the second weekend of November.

50th Annual JFK 50 Mile Ultramarathon
November 22, 2014

Runners from around the world compete in this annual 50 mile race. We are 10 minutes from the start in Boonsboro and close to the midpoint. See the JFK 50 Route for a Google Earth fly-over.

Antietam Memorial Illumination
December 6, 2014

Volunteers place over 23,000 candles on Antietam Battlefield; each representing a casualty from the bloodiest single day battle in American History. Driving tour begins at 6:00 p.m. on Route 34 east of Sharpsburg.

Enjoy a Fall Hike in the Forest
Fall Hiking on the Appalachian Trail

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