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Monocacy National Battlefield

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Address: 4801 Urbana Pike, Frederick, MD 21704-7307
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This key Civil War battlefield marked the last push north by Confederates...

This key Civil War battlefield marked the last push north by Confederates in 1864. Although it's seen as a confederate victory, this advance on Washington, D.C. was brought to a hault by the forces led by Major General Lew Wallace, U.S. Army.

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Beautiful battlefield site with well planned information presentation

We came on a whim and were pleasantly surprised. Monocacy is the final attempt of the Confederacy to attack Washington City (D.C) in 1864. It also happens to be the location of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 25 January 2017
Wendy B
Clearfield, Pennsylvania
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Clearfield, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017

We came on a whim and were pleasantly surprised. Monocacy is the final attempt of the Confederacy to attack Washington City (D.C) in 1864. It also happens to be the location of where orders by Lee were lost and later found by Union troops in 1862. The National Park Service has done an excellent job of making what seems like... More 

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Mount Airy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

I been here with the kids. Staff are helpful. There is a walk/hike here and the visitor center to look through. You can do the Junior Park Ranger program here as well. The park has many different locations so you'll need to drive to each one.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

We really enjoyed the visitors center, the exhibits and talking with the park guides. We drove through the battlefield and saw several of the original buildings that were there during the battle.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

When people think about sites to visit, this battlefield more likely does not make many list, but it should. No. It is not as popular as Gettysburg, Antietam or Manassas, but an important battle did happen here. It is a small battlefield so it does not take all day to visit.

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Owen Sound, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

We spent the morning at Antietam Battlefield then drove to Frederick to do Monocacy Battlefield on our way to Washington. We thought the museum was well done, many interactive exhibits for younger children, well written information. The driving tour is smaller with only 5 stops but it covers a nice drive, we downloaded the audio tour from the nps website.... More 

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Frederick, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016

outstanding and informative staff. well done small museum up stairs without spot on timeline and lightshow displays. Grounds are gorgeous with some nice walking/running trails. Very informative and humbling. Medal of Honor awarded for heroism at the rail bridge that I pass almost weekly. Awesome.

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Dover, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

This national park unit has quite a backstory. Here's the very short version: In 1928, Glenn Worthington, who owned a lot of the battlefield, petitioned Congress to create a National Military Park. Something similar happened with other parcels of land. But, the park wasn’t funded and officially established until 1976. There are no entrance fees at Monocacy National Battlefield. The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

The visitor center is great and many knowledgeable people. Community really fought for this area to be saved and story told. The 5 areas are with short drives from the center. Walking trails are easy and let you feel the land. Combined with the history and place our small town once played, makes a great start to a weekend of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

Great day trip from DC. Fascinating history plus several great hiking trails and walks. Car required to go from site to site.

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Kissimmee, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

What a nice facility to spend a couple hours on a beautiful fall afternoon. The visitor's center has a small museum with several nice displays and and observation deck on the second floor. There is also a trail that begins there for an easy mile loop. From the visitor's center, there is a six mile driving route, with 5 stops.... More 

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