Boonsboro Tourist Attractions
Boonsboro was founded in 1792 by first cousins of Daniel Boone - George and William Boone. The town was prosperous during the early 1800s as it served pioneers traveling westward, by wagon, through town.
Crystal Grottoes Caverns
The Crystal Grottoes Caverns feature many pure white-colored stalactites and stalagmites; natural sculptures and other formations can be seen from illuminated walkways, including 'Old Father Time,' and 'The King on His Throne'. Guided tours explain the history, formations, and geological aspects of the caverns.
Greenbrier State Park
Greenbrier, located in the Appalachian Mountains, has a 42-acre man-made lake and beach which allows for swimming, canoeing, hiking and nature study. The Appalachian Trail passes through the park making it an ideal location for hiking.
Washington Monument State Park
The first monument to honor George Washington was built her in 1827 by the citizens of Boonsboro. This rugged stone tower was built with the help of the town's 500 inhabitants.
Boonsborough Museum of History
The Boonsborough Museum of History has an extensive Civil War collection, displays of ceramics, glassware, weapons, and ancient artifacts.
South Mountain State Park
The site of the Battle of Sharpsburg, as it was known by the Confederates or Battle of Antietam, as the Union called it took place on Sept. 17, 1862.
Antietam National Battlefield
Antietam National Battlefield was the site of the bloodiest battle of the Civil War. The battle claimed more than 23,000 men - killed, wounded, and missing in one single day, September 17, 1862. The visitor center offers two films and numerous exhibits or visitors can walk, bike or drive through the battlefield.
Address: Box 158, Sharpsburg, MD 21782-0158, United States
Always closed on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), Thanksgiving - USA (4th Thursday, Nov), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25)
Exhibits at the Antietam National Battlefield Visitor Center include four oil murals depicting battle scenes, painted by Capt. James Hope - a participant in the battle. A slide show and interpretive talks are offered daily.
Antietam National Cemetery
The Antietam National Cemetery in Sharpsburg contains the remains of 4,776 soldiers from the Battle of Antietam in 1862. The cemetery also contains the graves of soldiers from other action such as World War I and II.