On September 14th, the new Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area Visitor and Exhibit Center opened at Antietam National Battlefield.
The exhibit center, located in the historic Newcomer House on Antietam Creek, was created through a partnership among three organizations -- Antietam National Battlefield, the Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Heart of the Civil War State Heritage Area.
Attending the ribbon-cutting ceremony were representatives from these organizations and a number of elected officials.
The center hosted special programs over the ensuing weekend, which marked the 148th Battle of Antietam anniversary.
Exhibits at the center highlight the rich Civil War history of the three counties (Washington, Frederick and Carroll) and 29 towns and cities that make up the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area in Maryland.
The center includes exhibits on the themes of “On the Home Front,” “The Heat of Battle,” and “Beyond the Battlefield.” It is providing battlefield visitors with the opportunity to take advantage of local historical sites and events in support of Heritage Tourism in Maryland.
The center exhibits were supported by matching funds provided by the challenge cost share program and state heritage area grants. It is operated by local volunteers.