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SHARPSBURG, MARYLAND

Civil War: The Battles of South Mountain, Harpers Ferry, and Antietam

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6 Days | 5 Nights
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Itinerary for Sep 15 — Sep 20, 2013

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Type: Conference Center

Description: Located along the Potomac River and C &O Canal, Shepherd's Spring has 220 acres of woodlands and rolling meadows. The natural spring and remote setting provide an opportunity to relax and enjoy the sounds of nature. A Heifer Global Village and educational gardens make this an unique learning environment. Eco-friendly environment.

Contact info:
16869 Taylors Landing Road
Sharpsburg, MD 21782 USA
phone: 301-223-8193
web: www.shepherdsspring.org

Room amenities: Each room comes with a luggage rack, dresser, desk, and chair. Most rooms also have a futon. Alarm clocks are available upon request. Telephone and Television are available in the common areas.

Facility amenities: Nature and meditation trails and a natural spring are on site. Limited wireless internet access is available. A computer is available for guest use. A half olympic size outdoor pool is available seasonally.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $45.
Call ahead for availability. 301-223-8193

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, September 15 - Registration and Orientation Meet your fellow le...
Afternoon: 3 - 5 pm: Registration, and Check-in - Lobby of the Conference Center Lodge.

Dinner: 5:30 pm Buffet style Dinner in the Dining Room with salad bar and tempting dessert

Evening: Orientation and overview of the week's schedule in the Gathering Room. View the film "Lee & Lincoln at Antietam" narrated by Ronald F. Maxwell, director of "Gettysburg", and "Gods and Generals"

Lodging: Shepherd's Spring

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Located along the Potomac River and C &O Canal, Shepherd's Spring has 220 acres of woodlands and rolling meadows. The natural spring and remote setting provide an opportunity to relax and enjoy the sounds of nature. A Heifer Global Village and educational gardens make this an unique learning environment. Eco-friendly environment.

Contact info:
16869 Taylors Landing Road
Sharpsburg, MD 21782 USA
phone: 301-223-8193
web: www.shepherdsspring.org

Room amenities: Each room comes with a luggage rack, dresser, desk, and chair. Most rooms also have a futon. Alarm clocks are available upon request. Telephone and Television are available in the common areas.

Facility amenities: Nature and meditation trails and a natural spring are on site. Limited wireless internet access is available. A computer is available for guest use. A half olympic size outdoor pool is available seasonally.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $45.
Call ahead for availability. 301-223-8193

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, September 16 - Lectures, Film and exploration of the Shepherd's ...
Note: From John Brown's Raid to the first invasion of the North - setting the scene for battle.

Breakfast: Hot buffet style Breakfast in the Dining Room with fresh fruit and cereal, too

Morning: Explore other underlying causes that led the Nation to Civil War with our expert Civil War Historian. Then journey with the experts as the stage is set for the Maryland Campaign - a bold invasion of the North by the Confederacy - what did they hope to accomplish and where were they going will be answered in this lecture. Explore portions of the Shepherd's Spring property that provided Civil War era artifacts with a mid-morning walk on the trails

Lunch: Terrific buffet style Lunch in the Dining Room with soup and salad bar

Afternoon: Documentary Film; John Brown's Holy War-John Brown's Raid served as a catalyst for those who saw slavery as a great injustice. The impact of his "raid" is explored in a PBS documentary. known as the shot heard round the world, this precursor to the Civil War sets the stage for Lincoln to issue an emancipation proclamation. Explore other underlying causes that led the nation to Civil War with our expert Civil War Historian. Then journey with the experts as the stage is set for the Maryland Campaign-a bold invasion of the North by the Confederacy-what did they hope to accomplish and where were they going will be answered in this lecture.

Dinner: Buffet style Dinner in the Dining Room with salad bar and tempting dessert

Evening: Living History re-enactors present the Civil War Soldier: Arms, Equipment and Uniforms featuring both Union and Confederate troop accoutrements.

Lodging: Shepherd's Spring

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Located along the Potomac River and C &O Canal, Shepherd's Spring has 220 acres of woodlands and rolling meadows. The natural spring and remote setting provide an opportunity to relax and enjoy the sounds of nature. A Heifer Global Village and educational gardens make this an unique learning environment. Eco-friendly environment.

Contact info:
16869 Taylors Landing Road
Sharpsburg, MD 21782 USA
phone: 301-223-8193
web: www.shepherdsspring.org

Room amenities: Each room comes with a luggage rack, dresser, desk, and chair. Most rooms also have a futon. Alarm clocks are available upon request. Telephone and Television are available in the common areas.

Facility amenities: Nature and meditation trails and a natural spring are on site. Limited wireless internet access is available. A computer is available for guest use. A half olympic size outdoor pool is available seasonally.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $45.
Call ahead for availability. 301-223-8193

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, September 17 - The Battle of South Mountain Exploration of the S...
Note: The Lost Orders set the stage for the Union Army's pursuit of the Confederates advance into the north

Breakfast: Buffet style Breakfast served in the Dining Room with fresh fruit, pastries and cereal selections

Morning: Travel to nearby South Mountain. Explore The South Mountain Gaps and a stop at the first monument erected to honor the Nations first President

Lunch: Enjoy lunch in the Dining Room at the Conference Center.

Afternoon: Continue our exploration of the South Mountain Battlefield Gaps with a stop in historic Burkittsville

Dinner: Buffet style dinner in the dining room, including salad bar and dessert

Evening: Lecture "Harpers Ferry, the Key" with local historian

Lodging: Shepherd's Spring

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Located along the Potomac River and C &O Canal, Shepherd's Spring has 220 acres of woodlands and rolling meadows. The natural spring and remote setting provide an opportunity to relax and enjoy the sounds of nature. A Heifer Global Village and educational gardens make this an unique learning environment. Eco-friendly environment.

Contact info:
16869 Taylors Landing Road
Sharpsburg, MD 21782 USA
phone: 301-223-8193
web: www.shepherdsspring.org

Room amenities: Each room comes with a luggage rack, dresser, desk, and chair. Most rooms also have a futon. Alarm clocks are available upon request. Telephone and Television are available in the common areas.

Facility amenities: Nature and meditation trails and a natural spring are on site. Limited wireless internet access is available. A computer is available for guest use. A half olympic size outdoor pool is available seasonally.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $45.
Call ahead for availability. 301-223-8193

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, September 18 - South Mountain and Harpers Ferry Battlefield expl...
Note: From Lost Orders to Jefferson's Rock viewpoint at Harpers Ferry, the Maryand Campain invades the North.

Breakfast: A morning walk on the Shepherd's Spring property followed by a hearty buffet style breakfast in the Dining Room

Morning: Join our Battlefield historians with the Journey into Harpers Ferry. From the mountaintops surrounding the town, put yourself in the position of the 12,00 green recruits as they become surrounded by Confederate troops.

Lunch: Enjoy a Picnic lunch at Harpers Ferry , providing energy for an optional climb up to Jefferson's Rock

Afternoon: Conclude our history lesson in time to do some exploring on your own. Jefferson's Rock, up the hill from the main town area provides a wonderful view of the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers - one Jefferson thought worthy of a trip across an ocean!

Dinner: Buffet style dinner with salad bar and dessert served in the Shepherd's Spring dining room

Evening: Learn about the treatment and care of the wounded from a lecture and presentation from a historian, and representative from the National Museum of Civil War Medicine.

Lodging: Shepherd's Spring

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Located along the Potomac River and C &O Canal, Shepherd's Spring has 220 acres of woodlands and rolling meadows. The natural spring and remote setting provide an opportunity to relax and enjoy the sounds of nature. A Heifer Global Village and educational gardens make this an unique learning environment. Eco-friendly environment.

Contact info:
16869 Taylors Landing Road
Sharpsburg, MD 21782 USA
phone: 301-223-8193
web: www.shepherdsspring.org

Room amenities: Each room comes with a luggage rack, dresser, desk, and chair. Most rooms also have a futon. Alarm clocks are available upon request. Telephone and Television are available in the common areas.

Facility amenities: Nature and meditation trails and a natural spring are on site. Limited wireless internet access is available. A computer is available for guest use. A half olympic size outdoor pool is available seasonally.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $45.
Call ahead for availability. 301-223-8193

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, September 19 - Antietam National Battlefield field trip
Note: The single bloodiest day in American history happened in the fields of peace loving farmers.

Breakfast: Enjoy a hot buffet style Breakfast including fresh fruit and cereal selections

Morning: Follow the troop movements at the battle of Antietam, beginning with the early morning skirmish in the Miller's cornfield. As we traverse the battlefield the challenges of terrain and communications help to define the outcomes of the day. Our expert historian shares perspectives from common soldiers to generals as we trace the events of the day.

Lunch: Enjoy a Buffet lunch in the Conference Center Dining Room

Afternoon: Continue following the troop movements and strategy of the generals as we pass the Mumma homestead, the Dunker Church and Bloody Lane. Storm the lower bridge crossing Antietam Creek with General Burnside as we study the afternoon and evening phase of the Battle.

Dinner: Enjoy a Banquet style dinner in the Lodge dining room

Evening: Travel the years of the Civil War through song with a local soloist and historian

Lodging: Shepherd's Spring

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, September 20 - Review the events around the battle of Antietam a...
Review the events around the battle of Antietam and their lasting effects on the Nation

Breakfast: Hot buffet style Breakfast in the Dining Room with fresh fruit and pastries

Morning: Review the events surrounding the Battle of Antietam and their lasting effects on the region and the Nation with our expert historian. Test your knowledge with a fun game show format.

Lunch: 11:30 Buffet style Lunch in the Dining Room Check-out immediately following lunch

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Sharpsburg, MD
Antietam National BattlefieldThe Battle of Antietam (or Sharpsburg) on Sept. 17, 1862 greatly altered the course of the American Civil War. It remains as the bloodiest day in American History - there were some 23,110 casualties. Visitors can walk or drive by the Dunker Church, the North and East Woods, The Cornfield, the Mumma Farmstead, Bloody Lane (Sunken Road) Burnside Bridge, and Antietam National Cemetery. Antietam National Battlefield lies north and east of Sharpsburg, along Md. 35 and 65. Both routes intersect either U.S. 40 or 40A and I-70. The Visitor's Center is opening daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day. All visitor center facilities and most tour route exhibits are wheelchair accessible. Antietam National Battlefield and Cemetery are adminstered by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. P.O. Box 158 Sharpsburg, MD 21782 301-432-5124
For additional information, visit: www.nps.gov/anti
Chesapeake and Ohio CanalThe Chesapeake and Ohio Canal began as a dream of passage to western wealth, It operated as a conduit of eastern coal, suffered extensive and finally fatal flooding, and then resisted being paved as a highway. Today it endures as a national historical park - a pathway into history, nature, and recreation. The canal runs along the Potomac River from Cumberland, MD to Georgetown, Washington DC (184.5 miles) The canal abuts the property line of Shepherd's Spring at Mile Marker 83. It is popular with hikers and bicyclists. For general information about the canal, write: C&O National Historical Park, 1850 Dual Highway, Hagerstown, MD 21740 or call 301-739-4200.
For additional information, visit: www.nps.gov\choh
Foxcross PotteryDel Martin, potter, lives and works at Foxcross with his wife, Carol. Their secluded rural home, overlooking the Potomac River, and pottery is both self-constructed and self-sustaining. They invite visitors to come glimpse their work and lifestyle. Foxcross pottery is just 5 minutes from Shepherd's Spring, and is open Saturday from 10 am - 5 pm and Sunday 1 - 5 pm or by appointment. The pottery is lead-free and uses stony reduction glazes. Address: 6640 Remsburg Road Sharpsburg, Md 21782 301-432-6692
Washington County Museum of Fine ArtsThe holdings contain over 6,000 works of art, and the museum is nationally recognized for its collection of 19th and early 20th century American Art. In addition, visitors can view 18th century to contemporary paintings, drawings, sculpture, and decorative arts. There are also holding of Old Masters, European, Asian, African, and Native American Art. Hours: Tues - Sat. 10 am - 5 pm, Sun. 1 - 5 pm. Located at 91 Key Street, City Park, Hagerstown, MD email: wcmfa@aol.com phone: 301-739-5727 the galleries are fully accessible to those with disabilities and wheelchairs are available.
For additional information, visit: www.washcomuseum.org

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