Antietam Hike and Illumination

  • December 1, 2012 · 12:00 PM

Join us for what has become an annual tradition commemorating Antietam, one of the Civil War’s seminal battles. We will start with an afternoon hike that winds around Antietam National Battlefield (www.nps.gov/anti/), followed by an evening drive through the annual Memorial Illumination (www.nps.gov/anti/planyourvisit/luminary.htm). We finish the night with an optional dinner at the historic Old South Mountain Inn (www.oldsouthmountaininn.com/). 

The hike is a moderately difficult 11 miles (2.5 blisters) over mixed surfaces (roads, farms, woods) and rolling hills on one of the best preserved Civil War battlefields. Shorter options are available. Highlights of the hike include Antietam National Cemetery, the Visitor Center, and Antietam Creek, as well as the Dunker Church, West Woods, Cornfield, North Woods, East Woods, Mumma Farm, Sunken Road, and Burnside Bridge—all infamous as sites of brutal fighting. 

The Illumination commemorates this bloodiest single-day battle in American history with 23,000 candles representing that day's casualties. During the hike, you'll see the many volunteers preparing the candles, making the Illumination all the more moving and impressive. 

After the Illumination, many of us will have dinner at the Old South Mountain Inn, which dates from colonial times. Dinner participation is limited and requires a $10/person deposit that goes toward its cost. 

This is a great way to learn about Civil War history. All are welcome, including kids and leashed dogs. If you are interested, let me ([masked]) know and I will send detailed information about the meeting time and place, and the event. If you would like to be included for dinner, let me know as well.

If the Illumination is cancelled due to weather, it will be rescheduled for December 8, as will the hike. There is no guarantee of dinner reservations for the alternate date.

Pix from previous Antietam hikes/Illuminations/dinners:
https://picasaweb.google.com/113258319599232463581/Antietam2011#slideshow/
https://picasaweb.google.com/113258319599232463581/AntietamNB#slideshow/
https://picasaweb.google.com/113258319599232463581/Antietam02#slideshow/
https://picasaweb.google.com/113258319599232463581/Antietam#slideshow/

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  • Nanks

    Had a great time as always! I've added some of my photos. You can see all of them (and a video) here:
    https://picasaweb.google.com/107...­#

    1 · December 8, 2012

  • Leslie

    A very big thanks to Mike for a wonderful outing. It was a great day!

    December 3, 2012

  • Cindy F

    Hike was great and the illumination was unbelievable. Mike - Thank you for all the fabulous planning and coordination.

    December 2, 2012

  • Mike

    We had a gorgeous winter day. Thanks to all for coming. For all my pix see https://picasaweb.google.com/113...­

    December 2, 2012

    • Noelle

      Thanks for the A+ hike leadership and the excellent photos!

      December 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    wonderful!! and strenuous, good combo-Thanks Mike for great planning and motivating us gently onward. I want many of my friends to have this experience. Sarah

    December 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    4 stars. It was excellent but I was unable to find the group. I ended up walking with another group whom I met at the Visitor's Center at 11:45. I called to cancel my dinner reservation at 7 as I saw the illumination but did not stay in the area.

    December 1, 2012

  • Erik

    I guess one should bring food for things like this, to keep the tank topped off. I haven't really done a long-ish hike, might anyone have culinary recommendations?

    November 27, 2012

    • Shmuel

      It's personal. If your typical energy level requires eating every a few hours, bring some energy bars that give you the calories and basic minerals. More important is the water. My personal rule is a bottle of water per 7-8 miles.

      November 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Mike, I might be interested in coming too...

    November 26, 2012

    • Mike

      Please contact me directly ([masked]).

      November 27, 2012

  • Mike

    Marti, Please contact me directly ([masked]) if you are interested in coming. There is a wait list for the dinner, but it also requires a deposit.

    November 26, 2012

  • Nanks

    This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam. For those interested in learning more about the battle, here are some links:
    An animation of the Battle of Antietam http://bit.ly/PKIGLo­
    Antietam: The Civil War's Deadliest Day http://slate.me/V4l3Ol­
    Explainer: Why did so many people die at Antietam? http://slate.me/RkQ2lo­
    The Battlefield Photos that Changed Everything http://slate.me/RlhrDH­
    Lee's Last Orders and Antietam http://www.weta.org/local/civil...­

    November 24, 2012

    • Shmuel

      Thanks a lot. The links point to fascinating material.

      November 24, 2012

  • Bobbi C.

    Is it too late to reserve for dinner?

    November 21, 2012

    • Mike

      I have a small waiting list for the dinner and am waiting for a few people to confirm. If you are interested in attending the dinner or changing your reservation, please contact me directly at [masked].

      November 21, 2012

    • Bobbi C.

      Count 3 of us in for hike and dinner please! :-)

      November 21, 2012

  • Mike

    Please note that the dinner is full with wait list. The hike and Illumination are still open.

    November 20, 2012

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