Welcome to the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area (HCWHA) in Carroll, Frederick and Washington counties in Maryland. HCWHA is a certified Maryland Heritage Area, and a partner in the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area. With one foot in the north, and one foot in the south, the story of the Civil War, its causes, battles, heroes and villains...its very meaning can be told nowhere better than in this part of Maryland.

HCWHA is ideally positioned to serve as your "base camp" for driving the popular Civil War Trails and visiting the battlefields and sites of Antietam, Gettysburg, Monocacy, South Mountain, Harpers Ferry, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Plan your visits now - request a travel packet that will include all you need to experience "the heart of it all" in Carroll, Frederick and Washington counties.