Civil War Home Near Battlefield, C&O Canal, Harpers Ferry
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Sharpsburg house description
Antietam Guest House is a historic log and stone home in the quiet rural town of Sharpsburg, best known for its proximity to the Antietam National Battlefield, site of the famous Civil War battle. Sharpsburg is a designated Canal Town, part of the trail experience between Georgetown and Cumberland and Pittsburg on the C&O Canal Towpath and the Great Allegheny Passage Trail.
Free, unlimited Wi-Fi keeps guests connected to the unbounded internet world. Full kitchen with dishwasher. All linens supplied. Washer and drier with laundry soap. Central air conditioning and heating keep the house comfortable. A fan and ceiling fan help move air through the house.Supplemental heating systems can be turned on if the weather is frightful.
Deck furniture, with umbrella, and porch seating extend the space to the outdoors, Outside lighting creates safe nighttime backyard and deck activities. Both a charcoal grill and a gas grill are at the back deck.
The house accommodates eight. Beds are on the top and bottom levels. On the top level is the bedroom with a double bed and a twin bed. The bedroom has a half bath. On the top level, on the landing at the top of the steps, a full size pull out sofa adds a sleeping space. On the bottom level, there is a queen pull out sofa and a twin pull out sofa. The Pack 'n Play is usually set up on the landing area. A baby gate is ready to set at the top or bottom of the stairs.
The house is one block off Main Street, 4.1 miles from Shepherdstown, West Virginia, 10 miles from Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, and 13 miles from Hagerstown, Maryland.Harpers Ferry is about 14 miles from the house.Gettsyburg National Military Park is about one hour from Sharpsburg.
The house is within walking distance to casual and fine dining and the famous Nutters Ice Cream Shop.. The house is 1.7 miles from the Potomac River and the C&O Canal and towpath. Bikers have an up-hill ride from Snyders Landing to Chapline Street (1.5 miles) and a down-hill coast for the final two blocks to Antietam Guest House. The half-acre lot offers plenty of room for outside activity.
The house and location are perfect for weekend getaways and family vacations. Three levels offer privacy and convenience at the same time. The downstairs level features a 'living' rock wall foundation and a 'candleplace,' the stone fireplace transformed to hold real candles for the feel of a fire and romance without ashes and soot.
Guests may check out items from the library using our name.
Sharpsburg is a quiet, residential town of about 700. Its location makes it a great home base for exploring the historical sites in Western Maryland, southern Pennsylvania, and the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.
In addition to the Antietam National Battlefield and Cemetery, you will find the Newcomer House Visitor and Information Center, the headquarters of the Sharpsburg District Historical Society, the Pry House Field Hospital Museum of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, John Brown's headquarters at the Kennedy Farm, the Antietam Iron Works, and Ferry Hill Plantation, home of Henry Kyd Douglas, Confederate officer who 'rode with Stonewall Jackson.'
Shepherdstown, WV, is filled with unique shops and outstanding restaurants. It is the home of Shepherd University and the Contemporary American Theater Festival, and a put-in spot for Potomac River activities.
For those who wish to venture farther from the immediate area, several state parks on the eastern border of Washington County offer other recreational opportunities. Those who wish to shop will find Hagerstown a mecca of shopping malls and Premium Outlets easily reached from main roads and Interstate highways.
Gift certificates available.
Keywords: Guest House, Vacation Rental, Cottage, B&B with continental breakfast
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Children Welcome:
Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8
- Queen size Beds (1) Convertible sofa to queen size mattress, on first level., Double Beds (2) On the top level in a room with a door, with the twin bed, with an en suite half bath. Second full size bed is a pull out sofa on the landing., Twin or Single Beds (2) On the top level, in the room with the double bed, with an en suite half bath. Second twin is a convertible sofa on first level., Baby Cribs (1) We have available, at no extra charge, a Pack 'n Play. Families with babies or toddlers have set it up in the landing next to the upstairs bedroom and have said it was a perfect situation., Sleep Sofa or Futons (3) On the first level, a chair and a half converts to a twin size bed, and a sofa converts to a queen size bed.
On the landing (upper level) a sofa pulls out to a full size bed....moreless
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
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- Original heart of pine flooring, horse hair plaster walls, out buildings made of canal boat boards, limestone bedrock in wall of first level. Walking guides to Sharpsburg. Use of town library with our library card. Piano and sheet music; board and card games; books and some magazines. Jigsaw puzzles. Weather radio band to keep you up to date on weather conditions....moreless
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- Porch / Veranda
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- Away From It All
- Cross Country Skiing
- Basketball Court
- Medical Services
- Jet Skiing
- Water Skiing
- Mountain Biking
- Freshwater Fishing
- Fly Fishing
- Roller Blading
- Water Tubing
- Winery Tours
- Recreation Center
- Live Theater
- Botanical Garden
- Scenic Drives
- Paddle Boating
- Wildlife Viewing
- Sight Seeing
- Bird Watching
- Outlet Shopping
- Gambling Casinos
- For bikers leaving the C&O Canal Towpath at Snyders Landing, the road to Chapline Street is an up-hill ride, about 1.5 miles, the last two blocks on Chapline Street to Antietam Guest House give you a free down-hill coast; Premium Outlets shopping 12 miles north; Appalachian Trail is five miles east. Shepherd University, three miles to the south, offers many activities (sports events, Contemporary American Theatre Festival, and a great cafeteria). Visitor and information centers at Antietam National Battlefield (Route 65) and the Newcomer House (MD 34, Sharpsburg East Main Street)....moreless
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2nd Stay Just as Lovely!
2nd Stay Just as Lovely!
We enjoyed our spring stay at the Antietam Guest House so much that we went back again as soon as we could! And it was just as charming this trip, with all the comforts convenience it provides. Whether visiting Antietam battlefield, the town of Sharpsburg, or using it as a base while setting out for other areas, it's wonderful to be able to come back to such a relaxing, welcoming location. We were able to use the back deck this trip, and enjoyed its privacy. Thanks to Vernell and Tim for making this lovely, historic home available for others to enjoy. We hope to be back again soon!
- Guest Betsy R. (Pittsburgh, PA)
- Date of stay 09/29/13
- Review Submitted 10/07/13
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, age 55+, sightseeing, romantic getaway, girls getaway, adventure seekers, tourists without a car.
Very nice historic home.Everything was wonderful
Very nice historic home.Everything was wonderful
Antietam House was perfect.It was really nice visiting the battlefield , then returning to a quaint town and historic home.It helped history come alive to stay in an old home with such character( log walls. rock wall in basement) The town was nice to walk in the evening with restaurants, pub and ice cream nearby.The owners thought of everything including cream for morning coffee. There were lots of books and reading material for the area and lots of information on places to eat and visit.Plenty of room to spread out. Very nice for dog owners with dog bed and water bowls.They even provided a ramp for my older dog with arthritis to access patio.Stairs were very steep. My older dog Jasper was afraid and was carried down the steps but accessing basement was easy because you could go out the back and around to front to get into the basement. My younger dog Cody did not have any problems with the steps and enjoyed the view of the cows in the back. The visitor center has detailed maps for battlefield hikes that were dogfriendly and which were also available to download for free. Great location, close to Harper's Ferry and Shepherdstown. We would suggest a visit to Pry House Field hospital museum.We had a great visit. Thank you so much for everything.
- Guest Bobbi R.
- Date of stay 07/08/13
- Review Submitted 08/14/13
Recommended for: Sightseeing, girls getaway, pet owners.
Owner response: We are happy to have pleased you and to have made your visit enjoyable. Thanks for the positive review and for taking the time to write and post it.
Lovely stay! Couldn't have been better.
Lovely stay! Couldn't have been better.
We found this historic house to be even nicer than we expected. Its charm and personality, and location, combined with modern comforts made it the perfect place to stay during our visit to Antietam. The owners have thought of every need a visitor might have. We hope to go back soon!
- Guest Betsy R. (Pittsburgh, PA)
- Date of stay 04/19/13
- Review Submitted 04/24/13
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, age 55+, romantic getaway, girls getaway, adventure seekers, families with young children.
The little extras make a BIG difference!
The little extras make a BIG difference!
This was a great stay! We are a family of 7 and the kids enjoyed it. We were able to all sleep on the upper level, there was plenty of room. For the most part this is a kid friendly house. Anything we worried about breaking we just put up higher. Having all the soaps, detergents, paper products and breakfast items provided really saved us from having to pack another tote to bring that along. The furniture isn't exactly as pictured, there are a couple more pieces and different seating arrangements but it works well. As is all old houses, the stairs are steep and we reccomend you bringing an additional baby gate (if you have kids) for both sets of stairs. Being able to use the library was neat; the ice cream at Nutters was awesome! The Wi-fi was VERY fast and reliable. As far as the town/street noise, I think if you are used to living in town if probably wouldn't bother you. The fire alarm does not go off after 8pm, even if there is a call. We live in a very rural area, with practically no neighbors on a dirt road, so it took us a while to not look out the window each time a car went by. All in all, it was a good choice. The house is clean, linens are provided, and there is plenty to do in the area. Thanks Doyles!
- Guest Terri H.
- Date of stay 03/17/13
- Review Submitted 03/21/13
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, age 55+, sightseeing, romantic getaway, adventure seekers, families with young children.
Owner response: Our apologies to the super family from Michigan for our neglecting to add new photos when we replaced a small settee with two chairs. Now there are four small arm chairs and a rocker in the sitting area. The covers are changed periodically so that you might find blue, white, or white/tan stripes. Guests have rearranged furniture to suit their needs, and. sometimes we like their arrangment better than the one we had. At any rate, the furniture, table, and chairs are light and easily moved. Basically the house is as it appears in the photographs. Pictures on the walls may be changed and new kitchen tools were recently added. We are replacing the pull-out queen sofa in April. The new queen convertible is a Lazy Boy with an inflatable topper. It will be super comfortable, maybe even better than the regular double upstairs. Sharpsburg will be 250 years old this July; we look forward to helping our guests enjoy the anniversary celebrations in our house that will be only157 years old.
Our visit first visit to Maryland was very nice. The home was interesting and since we went to Gettysburg and other battlefields it really made us think of how things once were. The house was comfortable and our dogs loved the yard and the cows in the back. The town was lovely and we walked every evening. Nice history all around. The house was comfortable for my husband and myself but the only problem was the noise from the street outside, it was loud one night and it kept us up and the bathroom upstairs gave us a fright with the sound it made but other than those minor things the home was very welcoming and I would return. Thanks for the nice weekend away.
- Guest JF7602 (Charleston, WV)
- Date of stay 08/03/12
- Review Submitted 09/07/12
Recommended for: Sightseeing, pet owners.
Owner response: As is the case everywhere, outside noises are outside our control. We will, however, add the number of local law enforcement to our emergency call list so that future guests will know who to call to report disturbing street noises. Usually Chapline Street is quiet, and we feel confident adding that feature to our site. The inside sounds are usually within our ability to control. In the house information , we tell guests about the special ecological toilet in the upstairs bedroom. A motor engages when it is flushed or when sufficient water from the sink enters the tank. The motor runs for only a few seconds. We are adding today a notice, in the bathroom itself, about the motor so that guests (who might not have read the in-house information or who might not have paid attention to the item) will not be startled by the sound of the engaging motor. We appreciate the opportunity to improve our house and the important communication to those who choose to stay there.
Comfortable and Convenient Historic House with lots of Charm
Comfortable and Convenient Historic House with lots of Charm
Our family looked at this house for several months and then found out that our friends had also stayed here several years ago. They loved it and assured us we would as well -- they were absolutely right!!! It was perfect for our family of 6 (mom and dad and 4 littles who are 8 and under). We were thrilled to make last minute reservations with no problems (even though we had been looking for months, our plans ended up getting a little goofed and we had to plan everything the night before arrival). We loved the charm and historical nature of the house. The downstairs rock wall is an incredible feature....especially for kids!! We didn't get a chance to use the grill, but we hope to return in the future and change that! The house was the perfect place to come home to after visits to the Antietam Battlefield, Gettysburg and Harpers Ferry. We are a homeschooling family and being able to visit the historic places we'd studied really allowed the Civil War to come alive for our kids. So did the walking around this quiet town....we chatted with locals who had stories of their family's involvement in the Civil War. Nutter's Ice Cream is NOT to be missed!!! Delicious and affordable! We all had cones for under $10! We wish there had been other dining options for kids, but with better planning on our part we could've easily enjoyed dinner every night at the house. Vernell and Tim were very gracious and we were excited to meet them when the internet was installed and later in the week when we visited Vernell at the Newcomer House Visitor Center for our son to receive his prize for completing an activity on Sharpsburg and Antietam (that Vernall wrote!!!) in the National Park Kid's Activity Book. We hope to make a return trip soon to enjoy other parts of the area we didn't get to on this trip, like the C&O Canal Bike Path and to learn more about the battlefield and hike more of the Appalachian Trail which is nearby.
- Guest Homeschooling Family (SE Ohio)
- Date of stay 06/24/12
- Review Submitted 07/24/12
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, sightseeing, adventure seekers, families with young children.
Owner response: We look forward to the return of your family. Even though you saw much of Sharpsburg and the area, there is plenty left to see and do. We especially enjoyed seeing your children playing in the yard and were glad you stopped at the Newcomer House. Thanks for being such good guests. Vernell and Tim
We just returned from our trip back to Maryland to visit with my husband's family and I must say that this house was a very pleasurable part of that experience. Blending two families (particularly with a 900 mile distance between them) can be a challenge, but the huge yard, comfortable deck and porches gave everyone room to mill about and space to breathe! :) The house has some challenges (lack of television connection and Wi-fi being the greatest) but overall it was comfortable and inviting. With family in Frederick and Hagerstown the location was perfect, and the cows coming for a visit every morning was pretty fun also. We even had a friendly little cat that hung around the deck with us :) We will be returning in the winter and will definitely consider the house! :) Again, I am a student and NEED Wi-fi, the library has limited hours and trying to plan my entire vacation around Wi-fi access was a bit of a challenge. Other than that, we LOVED the home!
- Guest Mississippi Mommy (Nesbit, MS)
- Date of stay 06/06/12
- Review Submitted 06/16/12
Recommended for: Age 55+, sightseeing, romantic getaway, adventure seekers.
Owner response: Thank you, Mississippi family, for your kind review and for helping us make a decision that we have been discussing for some time.. You have motivated us to install high-speed Internet access. In the past 5 years only a handful of guests have asked for or sought out wi-fi capability from the house. We do not know, however, how many potential guests have gone to another place because we did not have an Internet connection. Come Monday afternoon, June 25, 2012, we will be able to add free wi-fi access to the amenities offered at Antietam Guest House. Our installation is scheduled between 10 and noon. I hope that will be the incentive to be able to welcome you back this winter. Your family and your local relatives proved to be great guests who respected the house and left it in wonderful condition.
I booked the Antietam Guesthouse for Easter Weekend for a trip to the battlefield with family. I could not have been more pleased with our stay at the house. The house is exactly as advertised, the owners were very easy to contact and really went out of their way to make us feel at home in their home. If you are looking for the perfect place to stay in Sharpsburg, this is it.
- Guest Steve (Holly Springs, NC)
- Date of stay 04/06/12
- Review Submitted 04/30/12
Recommended for: Age 55+, sightseeing, romantic getaway, tourists without a car, families with young children.
Owner response: This review made our day. Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts. We are glad our efforts to make the house comfortable hit the mark with you. We like to say the house is quiet (one block off the busy Main Street), private (rented to only one party at a time), and convenient (food, shooting pool, ice cream, and the library are a 3-minute walk from the house). We hope you return.
Great Place to Stay
Great Place to Stay
My wife and I just returned from a weekend stay at the Antietam Guest House. It was very relaxing and enjoyable. It is conveniently close to the Antietam Battlefield. It is a short drive from Shepherdstown, Harper's Ferry and other points of interest. We were given the reservation as a Christmas present from our son and daughter-in-law. It was a great gift. We enjoyed our visit to Sharpsburg and plan to return in a few months. Hopefully the Antietam Guest House will available on our next visit.
- Guest Pete (Washingtonville, New York)
- Date of stay 01/14/12
- Review Submitted 01/18/12
Recommended for: Sightseeing.
Owner response: Thanks for the positive review and to your thoughtful son and his wife. We are glad you enjoyed the house and the area. We will welcome a return visit from you and hope the next visit will be in warmer weather so that you can enjoy the house and area in another season. Sharpsburg has only eight streets but almost 250 years of history. Walks through town pass by buildings that saw ballroom dances and houses that were homes to tradesmen and boatmen who worked on the C&O Canal. The canal's towpath, only 1 1/2 miles from the house, offers an outdoor walk or bike ride along the Potomac River. And after all that walking, the front porch and back deck offer the ideal place to rest and refresh.
comfort and carnage
comfort and carnage
To the Doyles, It’s been almost 2 months since we departed Antietam House. We just wanted to let you know how much we thoroughly enjoyed our week-long visit in Sharpsburg. The week was such a wonderful break from our busy schedules of teenagers, work, sports, music, etc. Our 15 year-old enjoyed having his own space downstairs and my wife and I enjoyed our lofty retreat upstairs. Yes the home is old and has its unique characteristics (even as short as I am, I had to watch my head on the stairs) but the modern touches like the multi-unit air conditioning and nice bath with washer/dryer made our stay very comfortable. Despite our day-tripping to Gettysburg (two days), a day to Harpers Ferry and some other running around, we enjoyed some good book-reading time and a couple of movies. We took several walks as a family on the Battlefield around dusk and the beauty of the area was such a contrast to the carnage that transpired in 1862. I spent several mornings out walking through town and on Antietam Battlefield and through the Cemetery. There is something about hoofing it up and down the hills to put you in a much better perspective to appreciate not only the rural beauty around Sharpsburg but what transpired there during the 1860’s. Thanks for the special touches you include in the house and for a very special week.
- Guest R & R (Platte City, MO)
- Date of stay 06/05/11
- Review Submitted 08/18/11
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, age 55+, sightseeing, romantic getaway, adventure seekers.
Owner response: Our guests have entered their reactions. in our guest books, to historic Sharpsburg and our historic house. A heightened awareness of the past and an appreciation for the present are a common thread. We especially enjoy the remarks of children who are being introduced to a different kind of house, one with no TV, and who write of their good time. We also like to see that the piano and board games have been used. If our selection of DVDs does not offer enough variety, our guests can check out material from the town library using our card.. Bicyclists riding the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath have mentioned the mile on Snyder's Landing Road ( the exit from the C&O towpath at milepost 76.6) as a stretch that ought to count as ten miles because of the uphill grade on part of the stretch. But the last two block to our house on Chapline Street are downhill all the way. Bikes can be rinsed at our outdoor spigot/hose and stored in the bike shed at the back of the 1/2 acre back yard. Sharpsburg is small ( eight streets and about 660 residents) and pretty crime free. Bikes left on the back deck can be considered safe from bother. The only bother to guests if they are home during the day might be the fire siren or emergency vehicles going by. The proximity of the fire hall and the EMS is an added safety feature, and the firefighters have on several occasions offered tours of the station and the chance for a youngster to sit behinds the steering wheel of one of the fire trucks. The surrounding Civil War battlefields attract many interested in that conflict on American soil; our house serves as home base for visits to other nearby battle sites, Gettysburg & Harpers Ferry. The comments in our guest books are also guides to future guests who are advised to visit local spots, like the cafe/tavern that was established by a third-generation Bender who was born in Antietam Guest House. The ice cream shop in town is a destination for area residents and is easily located because of the usual crowd of ice-cream eaters on the sidewalk near the shop. We are 4 miles from Shepherdstown, WV, home of Shepherd University and several good restaurants and unusual shops. We are happy to be able to share our interest in the town, the area, and our house with visitors; our guests' map still has some states without pins marking hometowns of guests. We hope to someday have at least one pin in our 50 U.S. states. We have Canada pins and a few from across the Atlantic
$110/night for 1 adult,taxes included.$135/first night for 2 adults,taxes included $110 for each additional night, all taxes included. $25 per day for each additional adult, all taxes included. $10 additional per dog per day, all taxes included. Cash and checks only. (We avoid passing on credit card charges!) full payment at time of reservation. 7-day cancellation policy. 7th day free We welcome children; no extra fee.
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Year Purchased: 2006
About the owner: Tim and Vernell are both retired. He worked as a newspaper journalist; she worked as a teacher, the last 23 years in adult education. Vernell is the current president of the Sharpsburg District Historical Society; she and Tim are National Park volunteers helping at the Newcomer House Visitor and Information Center. They are also Certified Travel Advisers for the Journey Through Hallowed Ground national heritage area. We have just published 'Sharpsburg,' a volume in the Images of America Series. Copies of the book are available from us or at businesses in Sharpsburg. We'll be glad to sign the book for you.
Why the Owner Chose Sharpsburg:
We bought this wonderful little house for several reasons. We wanted to preserve it and share it with others. We also enjoy meeting our guests as the bike through and explore Sharpsburg and its place in history.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
Our guests enjoy the battlefield and its trails, exploring the town founded in 1763 with many of the homes and churches dating from the 1800s. They love the ice cream at Nutters, the restaurant and bar at Benders, and the Potomac River and the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath. Civil War enthusiasts also visit the other battlefields within one hour's drive of Sharpsburg. The Sharpsburg Historical Society is happy to help researchers with their family history. The town fills with visitors for the Memorial Day Parade and program, for Sharpsburg Heritage Festival in September, and for the Illumination at the Antietam National Battlefield in December. At other times of the year, the town is quiet and ready to welcome its visitors. Gift certificates available, no extra charge.
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A 12' x 16' deck offers summertime relaxation and dining; grill is available.
Fall is fabulous from the front porch; bask in the autumn sunshine.
A cozy sitting area invites you to snuggle up with a good book.
A full kitchen and continental breakfast make dining at home an option.
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