Getting on/off van; driving 1.5 hours total to/from sites, 35 miles. Walking approximately 1 mile on pavement and uneven, unpaved terrain.
We will enjoy a hearty southern buffet breakfast in the dining room, with fruit and cereal options. Coffee, tea, juice, water included.
We will ride by van to the site of the first day of engagement preceding the Battle of Antietam: the Battle of South Mountain at Fox’s Gap. Local historians will lead us on a walk through the area and tell us about the encounters fought here on September 14, 1862, followed by a one-mile hike north on the Appalachian Trail to Turner’s Gap.
We will enjoy lunch consisting of sandwiches, snacks, fruit, water, and more at Gathland Sate Park
From Lunch we will walk with our historians through Turner’s Gap and learn about the engagements fought here later on September 14. Then, we will ride by van to Crampton’s Gap, where Union forces overwhelmed sparse Confederate defenses late in the afternoon and evening of the same day. We will then return to the conference center.
In the dining hall, we will enjoy a buffet meal, with full salad bar and dessert; beverages included.
In the meeting room, we will hear from a local historian about Lee’s retreat to Sharpsburg following the Battle of Antietam on September 17.