Sharpsburg (Antietam) is a large battlefield. For some older and disabled
walking tour is out of the question. The park has lots of open space
and is very well maintained. It is not hard to image how the land
appeared in 1862. It is well worth the visit just to see the Burnside
Bridge, the Sunken Road, and the Dunker church. Take your camera, there
are a lot of sights you will want to record.
Getting to Sharpsburg is not difficult but you will need a road map. We would also suggest that, if possible, you plan your trip so as to
avoid Washington, D.C. rush hour traffic, if you are coming from that
direction. For the next decade they are going to be literally replacing
the junction of I-95 and the Beltway, so avoid that area at all costs.
They have a nice park headquarters with a fine book store. The
park personnel are, as they are at all the parks, very considerate,
knowledgeable, and tolerant. They go out of their way to make you feel
at home. Don't hesitate to ask them questions.
As with all of the other battlefields, we suggest that you get a book
on the battle from your library, or book store, before you go. It
will make the trip a considerably richer experience.