Maryland Historic Sites

By Nancy Hendrickson Premium

• Antietam National Battlefield

5831 Dunker Church Road

Sharpsburg, MD 21782

(301) 432-5124


America saw its bloodiest day during the September 1862 battle here, when 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or missing. Take an 8.5-mile driving tour of the battlefield, making 11 stops along the way. At the visitor center, see a movie re-creating the battle and President Lincoln’s meeting with Union Gen. George B. McClellan.

• Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum

901 W. Pratt St.

Baltimore, MD 21223

(410) 752-2490


Train lovers will enjoy this 40-acre site showcasing a collection of original and replica 1829 trains, engines and more. Ride aboard a locomotive to the line’s first stone, laid in 1828.

• Baltimore Maritime Museum

Piers 3 and 5, Baltimore’s Inner Harbor

802 S. Caroline St.

Baltimore, MD 21231

(410) 396-3453


This museum exhibits and preserves four national historic landmarks: the lightship Chesapeake; USCGC Taney, a WWII Coast Guard warship; USS Torsk, a WWII-era submarine; and the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse, the oldest surviving screw-pile lighthouse.

• Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

2400 E. Fort Ave.

Baltimore, MD 21230

(410) 962-4290


This fort survived a 25-hour British bombardment during the War of 1812, protecting the strategic port of Baltimore. Visitors can see a short film and take a tour.

• Historic St. Mary’s City

18559 Hogaboom Lane

St. Mary’s City, MD 20686

(240) 895-4990


See for yourself the place Maryland’s first colonists called home in 1634. At this living history and archeology museum, you can visit a reconstructed tobacco plantation, a working farm and the 1676 statehouse.

• Jewish Museum of Maryland

15 Lloyd St.

Baltimore, MD 21202

(410) 732-6400


Tour two historic synagogues from the 1800s, check out history and art exhibits, and stop by the Jewish Historical Society of Maryland’s genealogy library.

• Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African-American History and Culture

830 E. Pratt St.

Baltimore, MD 21202



Exhibits here highlight Maryland’s African-American heritage through topics including the history of slavery, the contributions of forced laborers, and works by African-American artists and entertainers.

• Surratt House Museum

9118 Brandywine Road

Clinton, MD 20735

(301) 868-1121


In its heyday, this 1852 plantation home served as a tavern and hostelry, post office, polling place and safehouse for the Confederate underground. It’s also where Mary Surratt gave John Wilkes Booth refuge after he assassinated Abraham Lincoln.

• US Naval Academy Museum

118 Maryland Ave.

Annapolis, MD 21402

(410) 293-2108


Witness Navy history through ship models, artwork, photos, uniforms, weapons and ship instruments. The historic flag collection includes the “Don’t Give Up the Ship” flag from the War of 1812 Battle of Lake Erie.

Visitor Information

• Maryland Office of Tourism

217 E. Redwood St.

Baltimore, MD 21202

(866) 639-3526

From the September 2008 Family Tree Magazine