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The Road to Abolition: Harpers Ferry and Antietam

All-Day Tour

Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 8:00 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.
Code: 1ND005
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, at the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers

The beginning of the end of slavery can be traced to two extraordinary events that took place a tiny corner of Maryland and West Virginia. John Brown’s ill-fated 1859 raid on the arsenal at Harpers Ferry attempted to foment a slave revolt and presaged the Civil War. Just 12 miles away and 35 months later, the bloodiest day in American history occurred at the Battle of Antietam. Although fought to a draw, the Union won a crucial strategic victory in repelling the Confederate invasion, and President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation five days afterward.

Join author and historian Garrett Peck on an exciting day trip steeped in history as participants begin by exploring the natural beauty of Harpers Ferry and following the steps of John Brown and his companions. After lunch in Harpers Ferry, travel to Antietam to investigate the battle that transformed the Civil War. Be sure to bring your camera and sturdy walking shoes, as the tour covers parts of both Harpers Ferry and the Antietam National Battlefield on foot, including the Sunken Road and the Burnside Bridge. There are also a few optional staircases along the route.

Fringe stop at about 8:30 a.m.

Dress for outdoor walking. 

Departs from Holiday Inn Capitol, 550 C St SW
Fringe: I-270, Exit 6B at Best Western
Rockville (1251 W. Montgomery Ave)