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Sharpsburg Retreat--Civil War Home Near Antietam Battlefield, C&O Canal Towpath

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Bender family home, 3 generations of canal boat captains and a Civil War veteran


Last updated: 04/24/2017
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  • Minimum stay:1 night
  • Sleeps:7
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:1.5
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

House, 1.5 Baths, Sleeps 7, 1/2 acre yard, laundry, free parking, dog friendly

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. The house has three levels. Sleeping areas are on the first and third level, a total of five separate beds. Happy to answer any questions about the sleeping arrangements. Middle level has kitchen and sitting room. Bathroom with shower is on middle level. Front porch and back deck have chairs and table for outside weather times. Motion detected flood lights at back porch for nighttime security.
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 seven. Beds are on the top and bottom levels. On the top level is the bedroom with a queen bed. The bedroom has a half bath. On the top level, on the landing at the top of the steps, two ottoman sleepers (twin size) add sleeping space. On the bottom level, there is a queen pull out sofa (with an inflatable pillow top) and a twin pull out sofa. The Pack 'n Play is usually set up on the landing area. Two baby gates are ready to set at the top or bottom of the stairs to keep your toddlers or dogs safe.

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. The cable TV and DVD player with a selection of DVDs, board games, and a piano are on this level for your entertainment. Check out books and other materials from the local library using
Antietam Guest House (Vernell Doyle) name.
Sharpsburg is a quiet, residential town of about 700. Its location makes it a great home base for exploring the wine trails and 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. call 301 992 9767.

Keywords: Guest House, Vacation Rental, Cottage, B&B with continental breakfast
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Member since: 2008

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/24/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 1200 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 7
  • Children Welcome:

    No extra charge for children. Children need to be careful on the stairs. Children defined as those who have not yet graduated from high school...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    This is a tobacco-free house. No butts about, please....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    No cats because of allergies. Dogs allowed for extra charge....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    1856 house is on three levels. Stairs have narrow treads. Two sets of stairs in house....moreless

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 7

  • Convertible bed(s): 1 queen, 3 twin/ single

    pack and play available...moreless

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


  • Queen size Bed in bedroom on top level. Convertible queen sofa on first level. Convertible twin sofa/chair and a half on first level. Two convertible ottomans (twin size) on landing on top level....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1


  • Bathroom 2


  • 1.5 Main floor has bathroom with shower and the washer/dryer. 2nd floor has half-bath . Toilet on the 2nd floor is a mascerating toilet, operates like a regular toilet by engaging a small motor that runs for about 20 seconds. ...moreless

Other Amenities

  • Continental breakfast supplied for the first morning of your stay. Juice, coffee, tea, and some kind of bread or pastry, oatmeal, too. 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. Cable TV service. Wi-Fi. Weather radio band to keep you up to date on weather conditions. Shed to lock bikes....moreless


  • Books:

    Wide selection, and magazines....moreless

  • CD Player
  • Music Library:

    Sheet music for the piano that is on the first level....moreless

  • Television:

    Cable with more channels than you need...moreless

  • Video Library:

    Collection of DVDs and permission to check out materials from town library on owner's card....moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    Small commercial district has a bank, a restaurant, pub, historical society, and ice cream shop. Pharmacy and art/framing shop at edge of town. The Great Spring (geo cache) marks the center of town....moreless

  • Rural:

    The house is at the north end of town limits. Cows in the pasture behind the back yard. 1.5 miles to C&O Towpath, Potomac River and Antietam. Town has historic houses and churches to visit. ...moreless

  • Village:

    Sharpsburg has 8 streets, most are 4 blocks long. Mostly residential. Great bakery, family restaurant and ice cream shop. Public library. Antietam National Battlefield in walking distance. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rafting
  • Roller Blading
  • Skiing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing


  • Dining:

    Table, two chairs, two benches, pullout table with two stools. Two directors chairs for use....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Central Air conditioning. Separate controls on each level .Instruction manual in house....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    In bathroom on middle level....moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Used as 'candleplace.'...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Central heating with supplemental units on each level....moreless

  • Internet:

    Free Wi-Fi....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Pillows, pillow cases, and sheets are provided. Blankets and comforters make winter stays cozy and warm. Bath towels and face cloths are provided. Dish towels and dish cloths are provided...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Four cushioned arm chairs. One rocking chair. Two directors chairs....moreless

  • Parking:

    Off street parking, in the backyard of 1/2 acre property....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Parking is at the rear of the house. A locked shed (it is the gray shed at the back of the yard) is available for protected parking for bikes or motorcycles....moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    The back yard of 1/2 acre and alley access make parking of boats and trailers easy and safe....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    All in-house linens provided. Please bring your own towels if you plan to go tubing....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    The washer and dryer are on the middle level; laundry supplies are furnished. Iron and ironing board furnished...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Wi-Fi, free, unlimited. Password information is in the house....moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

    The fireplace is not operational! But the stone fireplace has been converted into a romantic, charming 'candleplace,' a focal point for the downstairs gathering room....moreless


  • Catering Available:

    Please contact us to arrange for local catering....moreless

  • Coffee Maker:


  • Cooking Utensils:

    Dishes, glasses (wine and champagne), silverware, place mats, and napkins are provided. Breakfast beverages (coffee, tea, sugar, Splenda) always provided....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    All available in house....moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    18 inch built-in dishwasher....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    A coffee maker, coffee grinder, French press, toaster oven, waffle maker, microwave oven, hand-held mixer, electric range, dishwasher, antique dry sink, table (seats six). ...moreless

  • Microwave:

    Brand new with exhaust hood and night light. Popcorn is always in the house for your enjoyment....moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Coffee, sugar, Splenda, oatmeal, tea, laundry detergent, dishwasher soap, toilet tissue, paper towels....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Refrigerator with freezer compartment....moreless

  • Stove:

    Electric stove with full oven....moreless


  • Balcony:

    Porch on the front of the house has furniture for street side viewing (not too much going on)....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Deck is 12' x 16' with outdoor lighting, patio furniture and umbrella, offering views of backyard, pasture with horses and cattle (sometimes a really BIG black bull)....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    House is on half acre lot, huge backyard....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Gas grill and charcoal grill, charcoal provided....moreless

  • Porch / Veranda:

    Front porch chairs and settee ...moreless



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1 night min stay

Rates are based on 1 guests; add $26 per night, per additional guest

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  • Cleaning fee $25
  • Pet Fee $10 + tax
  • Tax Rate 6%


No charge for children, defined as dependents who have not finished high school. $10 per dog per day. 7th day free.

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 04/24/2017
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24 Miles
Nearest Airport
Hagerstown Regional Airport
30 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Whites Ferry
18 Miles
Nearest Golf
Hagerstown Greens public course
15 Miles
Nearest Train
Shepherdstownm WV
12 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Interstate 70
27 Miles
Nearest Ski
White Tail, PA

Car: Necessary

Contact the Hagerstown Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau for up-to-the minute activities and for our phone numbers . For bikers leaving the C&O Canal Towpath at Snyders Landing, the road to Chapline Street is an up-hill ride, about 1.5 milesh. 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). Antique shopping in Hagerstown. Art Museum and City Park for summer time concerts Sunday evenings. Winery Trail throughout Washington County. Sharpsburg Historical Society for family and town research.


Owner info

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, MD, USA:
We bought this wonderful little house in 2006 for several reasons. We wanted to preserve it and share it with others. We enjoy meeting our guests when they come to Sharpsburg to explore its place in history, to enjoy the area, to celebrate special occasions with friends and family. or simply to get-away.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Our guests and their dogs enjoy Antietam National 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 and the restaurant and bar at Benders Public House. Outdoors folks appreciate being near the Appalachian Trail, the Potomac River, and the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath, which offer hiking, biking, and water fun for canoeing and tubing. The house is a perfect home base for Civil War enthusiasts who can 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 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. The house is convenient, private, and quiet. Dogs are welcome to stay, no charge for children, and the whole house is for your party alone. Gift certificates available, no extra charge.

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Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/24/2017

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  • Bender family home, 3 generations of canal boat captains and a Civil War veteran

    Bender family home, 3 generations of canal boat captains and a Civil War veteran

  • A 12' x 16' deck offers summertime relaxation and dining; grill is available.

    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.

    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 cozy sitting area invites you to snuggle up with a good book.

  • A full kitchen and continental breakfast make dining at home an option.

    A full kitchen and continental breakfast make dining at home an option.

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This listing was first published here in 2008.

Date last modified - Monday, April 24, 2017

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