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Preserving Antietam National Battlefield

Program Number: 11104RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/14/2013 - 4/19/2013; 4/19/2015 - 4/24/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Sharpsburg, Maryland
Price starting at: $535.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Service Learning Activity Level: n (see description)
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Fat; Low Salt; Gluten Free    

Amid the now tranquil fields, rock fences and streams of tiny Sharpsburg, Md., once laid 23,000 dead or wounded Civil War soldiers. At Antietam, the National Park Service is working to restore the landscape to its appearance on the day of the battle in 1862. The battlefield offers a unique opportunity to accomplish this goal because the land within and surrounding it has remained largely rural and agricultural.




Highlights

• Assist with removal of vegetation to restore historic field areas, fence maintenance and various work activities at one of the historic homesteads featured in the battle.
• Learn the story of the single bloodiest day in U.S. history, the Battle of Antietam.
• A living history presentation gives you a glimpse into the experience of a Civil War soldier.



Activity Particulars

Active outdoor work 4-6 hours a day on uneven terrain. Be in good physical condition. Many lectures take place off-site at the field work areas.




Date Specific Information

4-14-2013, 4-19-2015

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Coordinated by Shepherd's Spring Outdoor Ministry Center.




Sharpsburg

Sharpsburg lies east of the Potomac River near one of its tributaries, Antietam Creek, made famous by the pivotal Battle of Antietam during the American Civil War. Sharpsburg is part of Maryland’s Washington County, which attracts history fans with its numerous Civil War sites and nature buffs with its many national, state and local parks.



Accommodations
Modern lodge with natural spring, pavilion, fireplace, campfire circles. Classes, lodging, meals under one roof. Alcohol prohibited.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Colleen Clark

Colleen Clark is a former ranger at Antietam National Battlefield, where she presented programs on period music and the Battle of Antietam. She has degrees in history and music from the University of Maryland. Colleen has been combining her interests in performing arts programs for more than 20 years.
 
Brad Wyand

Brad Wyand is a young-but-seasoned living history interpreter, having been reenacting Civil War battles as both a Federal and Confederate soldier for more than six years. He currently reenacts a Confederate soldier with the First Tennessee Company I. Brad’s interest in history also led him to work at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, site of John Brown’s raid and attempt to start an armed slave revolt.
 
Jeff Driscoll

Jeff Driscoll is a graduate of Washington and Lee University who has had a lifelong passion for history. He spent some 25 years in independent school education and has worked as an Interpretive Ranger at the Gettysburg National Military Park and currently at Harpers Ferry National Park. Jeff also served five years as director of education for the Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites. He leads groups on enriching explorations of various historic sites in the United States and overseas while following many other pursuits beyond his passion for history, including being an exhibited artist and a fluent speaker of German.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Shepherd's Spring Outdoor Ministry Center
  Sharpsburg, MD 3 nights
   Shepherd's Spring
  Sharpsburg, MD 1 night
   Shepherd's Spring Outdoor Ministry Center
  Sharpsburg, MD 1 night
 Shepherd's Spring Outdoor Ministry Center
Type: Conference Center
  Description: Situated at mile 83 along the C&O national park canal towpath, Shepherd's Spring has 220 acres of woodland and rolling meadows. Hiking trails and a natural spring are on the property. We are one of few host sites in the nation for a Heifer International Global Village.
  Contact info: 16869 Taylors Landing Road
Sharpsburg, MD 21782 USA
phone: 301-223-8193
web: www.shepherdsspring.org
  Room amenities: Rooms are simple and comfortable and include a luggage rack, dresser, desk, chair, and futon. Telephone and television are available in the common areas but not in rooms. Each room has its own private bathroom along with individually controlled heating and air conditioning. Linens are provided, though there is no maid service during the program.
  Facility amenities: Comfortable rooms, with the distraction of TV and telephones only in the common areas. A free basic wireless internet access is available in the common area also. Free parking available on site.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: $45/ room Call ahead for availability at (301) 223-8193
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $45/ room Call ahead for availability at (301) 223-8193
  Check out time: 1:00 PM

 Shepherd's Spring
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 secluded sight is a relaxing refuge for people and a haven for wildlife. A demonstration garden, composting site, and Heifer Global Village create a worldwide learning facility. 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 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. Seasonal outdoor swimming pool
  Smoking allowed: No


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3 p.m., at the Conference Center. You will be staying at Shepherd's Spring Outdoor Ministry Center that night.
  End of Program:
12:30 p.m., at the Conference Center. You will be staying at Shepherd's Spring Outdoor Ministry Center the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Only those forms which we send out to you in advance (health information form, rooming confirmation form...)
  Parking availability:
Free parking at Shepherd's Spring.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Sharpsburg, MD
  Nearest city or town:  Sharpsburg, Hagerstown
  Nearest highway: I-70, I-81
  Nearest airport:  Baltimore Washington International
  From End of Program
  Location: Sharpsburg, MD
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Sharpsburrg

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
phone: 301-223-8193
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$75 per person one way, discount for additional riders
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

approximately 1 1/2 - 2 hours 

 

Distance:

 

approximately 70 miles to any of the three major airports

   

Shuttle service to Baltimore Washington (BWI), Reagan National or Dulles International (IAD) available with advance notice. Air service is now available to Hagerstown Regional Airport from BWI. Reduced rate of $25 for pickup at Hagerstown.

 

Sharpsburg

 

To Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
phone: 301-223-8193
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$45 per person one way, discount for additional riders
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

22 miles

   

Shuttle service to and from the Martinsburg, WV, Amtrak station. OR take the DC Metro system to the Shady Grove station for pick up. Please call for advance reservation 301-223-8193

 

Sharpsburg

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
phone: 301-223-8193
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$20 per person one way, discount for additional riders
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

12 miles

   

Shuttle service to and from the Greyhound Bus terminal in Hagerstown, MD.

 
Driving Directions
  From Baltimore/Washington Area Take I-70 West to the Route 65 interchange in Hagerstown (Exit 29.) Travel South on Route 65 for 7.1 miles to Taylors Landing Road - turn right onto Taylors Landing Rd. and drive 2.2 miles. You will cross a railroad track, pass houses, and then veer to the right. Stay on Taylors Landing Road. Drive along side a dry canal bed, and eventually cross a small creek. Pass 2 houses on the left, continue to the top of the hill. Look for a big sign on the left that says "Shepherd's Spring Outdoor Ministries Center Church of the Brethren." Turn left into the paved driveway. The lodge is 7/10th of a mile from the end of the driveway. From Virginia-West: Go North on I-81 to I-70 east, to Rt. 65, and then follow above directions from where it says "Travel South on Rt. 65 for 7.1 miles..." From Virginia-East: Take I-495 to 270N to Frederick. Take I-70 W to Route 65, and then follow above directions from where it says "Travel South on Rt. 65 for 7.1 miles..." From Pennsylvania: Travel South on I-81 to I-70 East, to Rt. 65 South. Then follow the above directions from where it says "Travel South on Rt. 65 for 7.1 miles..."
Equipment Requirements: Gloves are recommended. The project usually involves some kind of painting - so dress in something that can get paint on it. Other tools are provided.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Check in to your room, review the week ahead, and get to know your fellow participants. Conclude the evening with a historical film on the Battle of Antietam.
(Sunday, April 14)
   
 Afternoon: 3-5 pm: Registration, Check-in - Lobby of the main Lodge of the Conference Center. Daily itineraries and local attractions information included in your arrival packet. Dinner served at 5:30 pm.
 Dinner: 5:30pm Dinner served buffet style in the lodge Dining Room with full salad bar and dessert.
 Evening: Meet your fellow work crew members and become oriented with the facility. Enjoy an evening viewing of a film on the battle of Antietam.
   
Accommodations: Shepherd's Spring Outdoor Ministry Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Working with the National Park Service at Antietam National Battlefield to help maintain, restore, and preserve historic aspects of the park. In the evening enjoy a presentation by living historians and re-enactors.
(Monday, April 15)

Note: Service work projects will all typically require several hours of standing or physical activity where you will be on your feet in the outdoors. There are typically a variety of projects to choose from each day, some of which can be quite physically demanding. Specific project details will not be known until near the start date of the program.



   
 Breakfast: Hot buffet style breakfast in the dining room with fruit and cereal options.
 Morning: Depart for Antietam Battlefield and service work. Specific project will depend on the weather and the needs of the Park Service at the time: May include painting, fence work, brush clearing, etc.
 Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch at the service site, concluded by a Ranger led talk on one of the numerous aspects of the battle and/or the preservation efforts taking place on the battlefield.
 Afternoon: Continue with work projects. At the end of the work day we will visit and join in on a lecture discussing the Fall of 1862, which reviews the events leading up to the Maryland (aka Antietam) Campaign.
 Dinner: Enjoy a buffet style Dinner in the Dining Room with full salad bar and dessert!
 Evening: Hear from re-enactors and living historians as they present to you the arms and equipment of a Civil War soldier.
   
Accommodations: Shepherd's Spring Outdoor Ministry Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Continue working with the National Park Service at Antietam National Battlefield. Then see how the battle unfolded as we exp[lore key points of the battlefield. In the evening, visit another local historic site to discover the rich history of the area.
(Tuesday, April 16)

Note: Service work projects will all typically require several hours of standing or physical activity where you will be on your feet in the outdoors. There are typically a variety of projects to choose from each day, some of which can be quite physically demanding. Specific project details will not be known until near the start date of the program.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet style hot breakfast in the Dining Room with fruit and cereal selections.
 Morning: Service work at Antietam National Battlefield with National Park Service historical preservation staff.
 Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch at the service site, concluded by a Ranger led talk on one of the numerous aspects of the battle and/or the preservation efforts taking place on the battlefield.
 Afternoon: Continue service work at Antietam National Battlefield. At the conclusion of the day's service work, visit key points of the battle with a final stop for a treat at Nutters Ice Cream!
 Dinner: Buffet style dinner in the Dining Room with Salad Bar and dessert.
 Evening: Explore the strategic planning behind the Maryland Campaign as Harpers Ferry becomes the key. The lost orders for capturing Harpers Ferry and the struggle to get artillery on ridge tops played a role in the battle at Antietam.
   
Accommodations: Shepherd's Spring Outdoor Ministry Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Continue working with the National Park Service at Antietam National Battlefield. Enjoy the opportunity to visit the historic treasure that is Harpers Ferry. In the evening settle in for a presentation by the National Museum of Civil War Medicine.
(Wednesday, April 17)

Note: Service work projects will all typically require several hours of standing or physical activity where you will be on your feet in the outdoors. There are typically a variety of projects to choose from each day, some of which can be quite physically demanding. Specific project details will not be known until near the start date of the program. If you choose to go to to Harpers Ferry, anticipate an hour or so of walking. Note that the town is on a hillside so walking can be up and down hill.



   
 Breakfast: Hot breakfast buffet style in the Dining Room with fruit and cereal options.
 Morning: Service work at Antietam National Battlefield with National Park Service historical preservation staff.
 Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch at the service site, concluded by a Ranger led talk on one of the numerous aspects of the battle and/or the preservation efforts taking place on the battlefield.
 Afternoon: Continue with service work. When finished for the day, we will take a field trip to Harpers Ferry, site of the first shot of the Civil War - John Brown's raid, and the National Armory. Those not wishing to eplore Harpers Ferry may take the afternoon off to do with as they please.
 Dinner: Enjoy a buffet style dinner in the Dining Room with salad bar and dessert.
 Evening: Hear from a member of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine as they delve into one of the numerous aspects of medicine or feats of humanitarianism that transpired during the Civil War.
   
Accommodations: Shepherd's Spring
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Finish your work projects with the National Park Service at Antietam National Battlefield and review your accomplishments in preserving this historic site. In the evening relax to songs from the Civil War era led by a local performer.
(Thursday, April 18)

Note: Service work projects will all typically require several hours of standing or physical activity where you will be on your feet in the outdoors. There are typically a variety of projects to choose from each day, some of which can be quite physically demanding. Specific project details will not be known until near the start date of the program.



   
 Breakfast: Hot buffet style breakfast with fruit and cereal selections in the Dining Room.
 Morning: Final day of service work projects at the Antietam National Battlefield.
 Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch at the service site, concluded by a Ranger led talk on one of the numerous aspects of the battle and/or the preservation efforts taking place on the battlefield.
 Afternoon: Finish service work projects at the Antietam National Battlefield.
 Dinner: Enjoy a buffet style dinner in the Dining Room with salad bar and dessert.
 Evening: Join in and sing along with the chorus or simply sit back and relax to an evening of music from the Civil War Era interspersed with stories and anecdotes performed by a local musician and historian.
   
Accommodations: Shepherd's Spring Outdoor Ministry Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Say farewell to your friends and fellow workers of the National Park Service before visiting the National Cemetery and park visitors center.
(Friday, April 19)

Note: Some minor walking and standing on relatively level ground.



   
 Breakfast: Hot buffet style breakfast in the Dining Room with fresh fruit and cereal options.
 Morning: Say goodbye and receive a token of appreciation from your work partners, the National Park Service. Then visit Antietam National Cemetery and the park visitor's center.
 Lunch: 11:30 am Lunch served in the Dining Room, complete with salad bar and dessert.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Sharpsburg, MD Antietam National Battlefield
The 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 Canal
The 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 Pottery
Del 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 Arts
The 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
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Roads to Antietam


Author: John Schildt


Description: "Roads to Antietam" is the story of the armies marching to battle in September 1862 and what that experience was like for the men in the ranks and the civilians along the routes.



Antietam Revealed


Author: Dennis Frye


Description: The Maryland Campaign and Battle of Antietam in concise, chronological order



Gleam of Bayonets


Author: J Murfin




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