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Civil War Trains Exhibit
Dates:

November 12 - December 31

Description:

The importance of railroads during the Civil War was significant. Railroads were used in carrying supplies of coal and artillery, horses, mules and cattle and troops and baggage. Rail conditions certainly were poor. Wooden water towers were easy targets for destruction by raiding troops. Water and coal were essential for the steam locomotives. Bridges needed to be built and defended. General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson's capture of 56 locomotives and more than 300 railcars along the B&O Railroad between Harpers Ferry, W.Va and Martinsburg, W.Va., with the blowing up of the railroad bridge at Harpers Ferry, was an attempt to stop B&O strategic traffic. Open Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00am - 4:00pm. Open Sunday 2:00pm - 5:00pm (February through April). Closed: Mondays, Sundays (May through January). New Year's Day and day before and after, Easter, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving and day after, Christmas and day before and after.

Location:

Discovery Station Museum
101 West Washington Street
Hagerstown, MD, MD

Contact:

(301) 790-0076
Website

Entrance Fee
Exhibit - The Freedman's Bureau, Educating the Newly Freed Slaves and the Prelude to Storer College
Dates:

February 1 - December 31

Description:

This exhibit will launch a full year of activities that will highlight Harpers Ferry's role in the education of newly freed slaves post Civil War. Activities will include living history, ranger conducted programs, and family/youth activities.

Location:

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
Harpers Ferry, WV

Contact:

Website

Entrance Fee
Civil War Trails Marker Dedication at Gathland State Park
Dates:

April 7

Description:

Join us at 1:00 PM for the dedication ceremony for a new marker on the Civil War Trails route, “John Wilkes Booth: Escape of an Assassin” followed by a reception. Park manager Mary Ironside will introduce 150th anniversary commemorations at Gathland—Townsend’s estate, which became a state park in 1949—including new exhibits, family-friendly Park Quest activities, and special programs for Bell & History Day (April 11 in Frederick County), and the Washington County Museum Ramble (weekends in May). Information about the 2015 Park Quest program will be released online around April 10.

Location:

Gathland State Park
900 Arnoldstown Road
Burkittsville, MD 21755

Contact:

(301) 600-4031
Website

Bells Across the Land: A Nation Remembers Appomattox
Dates:

April 9

Description:

The National Park Service invites partners across the country to ring bells starting at 3:15 PM for four minutes—one minute for each year of the war—to commemorate Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Court House, Virginia. Bells will ring throughout the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area, including churches, fire halls, and public buildings in Carroll, Frederick, and Washington Counties. Registration is not required to participate. Curriculum materials are available for teachers.

Location:

Across the Heritage Area
Downtown Frederick
Frederick, MD 21701

Contact:

Website

Illuminating Frederick 1865: from Celebration to Grief
Dates:

April 10

Description:

Program features speaker James Swanson, author of "Manhunt: The 12-day Chase for Lincoln's Killer." Torchlit illumination and exhibit to commemorate the end of the Civil War. Memorial to President Lincoln and the 700,000 lives lost.

Location:

Downtown Frederick
101 North Court Street
Frederick, MD 21701

Contact:

(301) 695-1864
Website

Bell and History Day
Dates:

April 11

Description:

The annual opening of the museum season will include tours, hands-on activities, living history interpretations and the Passport to History program with prize incentives. This family-friendly, self-guided event runs from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location:

Museums Across Frederick County
Frederick County
Maryland

Contact:

Website

Illuminating the African American Journey in 1865 and Beyond
Dates:

April 11

Description:

Celebrate Bell and History Day at the Roger Brooke Taney House as we open our newest exhibit, "Illuminating the African American Journey in 1865 and Beyond."

Location:

Roger Brooke Taney House
121 South Bentz Street
Frederick, MD 21701

Contact:

(301) 663-1188
Website

Bell and History Day at NMCWM
Dates:

April 11

Description:

Members of the Blue & Gray Hospital Association will be on hand to display and interpret an expansive collection of Civil War-era medical accoutrements, both original and reproduction. Admission to the museum is free for Bell and History Day.

Location:

National Museum of Civil War Medicine
48 East Patrick Street
Frederick, MD 21701

Contact:

(301) 695-1864
Website

Lincoln’s Final Journey Home
Dates:

April 11

Description:

On April 21, 1865 the funeral train bearing the coffin of President Abraham Lincoln departed Washington, D.C. for Lincoln’s hometown of Springfield, Illinois. The 1,654 mile journey, through seven states and 180 cities, retraced the same route Lincoln had traveled as president-elect on his way to his first inauguration. Through a special temporary exhibit at Monocacy National Battlefield we follow the route of the train that carried President Lincoln on his final journey home.

Location:

Monocacy National Battlefield
5201 Urbana Pike
Frederick, MD 21704

Contact:

(301) 662-3515
Website

Bell and History Hand Bell Festival
Dates:

April 11

Description:

Handbell choirs from around the region will recall the last address that President Lincoln made—exactly 150 years ago, on April 11, 1865—with performances on the theme of “Gladness of Heart.” The performance begins at 7:00 PM.

Location:

National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton
339 South Seton Ave
Emmitsburg, MD 21727

Contact:

(301) 447-7050
Website

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