Muskets and Merlot in Washington County, Maryland

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Hagerstown & Washington County is the crossroads of the Civil War and a rich blend of culture, including a well-known wine scene. Traverse the hallowed grounds of Antietam and South Mountain Battlefield on a three-day journey of comradery and enjoyment. Enjoy afternoons of conversation and wine in the picturesque Appalachian Mountains.

Category: Activities

Length: 3 Days

Date Restrictions: None

Suitable for: Over 21

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Muskets and Merlot in Washington County, Maryland

Tiffany Ahalt, Director of Sales & Community Engagement

Phone: 301-991-2866

Muskets and Merlot in Washington County, Maryland

Tiffany Ahalt, Director of Sales & Community Engagement

Phone: 301-991-2866

Itinerary Details

DAY 1 

Arrive in Hagerstown and check in to a group-friendly hotel. There is a wide variety to fit every budget and need. Refresh for dinner at one of more than a dozen area restaurants. From fine dining to neighborhood pubs and grills to homestyle country to international, Hagerstown has it all.


Begin your day with breakfast at your hotel before departing for a tour of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, MD. The museum offers specialized tours for groups focusing on the history of ballistics and the medicinal use of alcohol during the Civil War.

After your tour, board your coach with a step-on guide provided by the National Museum of Civil War Medicine and make your way to Gathland State Park to explore the South Mountain Battlefield. The park features the War Correspondents Memorial Arch, Civil War Trails, and two interpreted museums focusing on the personal accounts of Civil War reporters and the history of the battlefield.

Travel the Historic National Road Scenic Byway stopping at the summit of Turner’s Gap to view the historic Dahlgren Chapel and the South Mountain Inn. The inn served as a stagecoach stop for the heavy traffic passing on the National Road during the early 19th century and as the headquarters of Confederate Gen. D.H. Hill during the Battle of South Mountain.

Arrive in historic Boonsboro to tour the brand-new National Road Museum, dedicated to America’s first federally funded highway. Visitors will learn about the significance of the National Road during the Antietam and Gettysburg campaigns.

Take a break for lunch at Bonnie’s at the Red Byrd. A favorite among locals serving home cooked fare.

Spend the rest of your afternoon at Antietam National Battlefield. The brand-new National Park’s visitor center offers an introductory film, exhibits and a gift shop. Next, begin your driving tour where your guide will highlight key points and share the stories of Antietam. Attendees will have several opportunities to stretch their legs and take photos along the route.

End your tour at Antietam Creek Vineyards. Conveniently located at the edge of the Battlefield, this award-winning winery is surrounded with panoramic views encompassing the vantage points of the Battle.

Finish the day at the Pry House Field Hospital Museum with an after-hours tour and catered dinner. For a unique experience arrange for bluegrass or banjo entertainment for your evening at the Pry.


Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the hotel before departing for the day’s activities.

Experience the Civil War through the civilians’ perspective at the Miller House– Home of the Washington County Historical Society and Museum. The Miller House Civil War exhibits feature relics from nearby towns passed down from generation to generation.

Mobilize the troops and head west to Fort Frederick for a black powder musket demonstration. Built in 1758, Fort Frederick was constructed to protect Maryland’s frontier during the French and Indian War. The Fort was also utilized during the American Revolution as a prison for British soldiers and then again during the Civil War as an encampment for Union troops guarding a portion of the C&O Canal that borders the fort.

After a morning on the frontier, plan a visit to the region’s estate or boutique wineries: Blue Mountain Wine Crafters, Big Cork, and Red Heifer Winery. Grab a box lunch and stock up on Merlot rations before heading home.

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