Visit One of the Few Original Homes on a Civil War Battlefield

An original home at Antietam National Battlefield in Maryland is the site of an exhibit and visitor center.


Built in the 1780s as part of a prosperous mill complex, the historic Newcomer House at Antietam National Battlefield tells the stories of the Civil War in Maryland.

Today, the building is the site of the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area Exhibit and Visitor Center and is one of few original homes on the battlefield that is open to the public.

During its open season, which runs from April to December, National Park Service volunteers staff the house and offer printed guides and brochures about Washington, Frederick and Carroll counties for visitors to get the most out of their time there.

Three exhibit rooms explore the major themes of the heritage area — In the Heat of Battle, On the Home Front and Beyond the Battlefield — and each room features sites and displays that relate to those themes.

The Newcomer House also hosts Porch Programs each month it’s open, and offers other free, family-friendly programs on various Civil War-related topics.

For more information or to plan your visit, call 301/432-6402 or go to

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