Newcomer House

Newcomer House Civil War Sites in Washington, Frederick, and Carroll Counties (Maryland) This new center opened September 14, 2010, and educates travelers about the large concentration of Civil War sites in the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area.
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Three rooms of the exhibit center explore the main themes of the heritage area: In the Heat of Battle, On the Home Front, and Beyond the Battlefield. Each exhibit room includes an interpretive panel and site panels that relate to that theme. The site panels provide brief descriptions to entice visitors to travel to the numerous Civil War sites located in Carroll, Frederick, and Washington counties. Each panel shows the distance to the site and also includes a brochure rack providing visitors with the most up-to-date information about each site’s hours, fees, and other pertinent information. The back room of the center is a visitor information area staffed by volunteers, with a wealth of information about things to see and do in the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area. The center is 11 am-5 pm; Weekends in April, May, Oct. & Nov; Daily June-September. The Visitor Center is housed in the historic Newcomer House, built by Christopher Orndorff in the 1780s.

Operating as usual

Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area
05/09/2020

Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area

Three more virtual backgrounds for your Zoom meetings! This set of three images highlights sites in Frederick County; Downtown Frederick's East Patrick Street, the Best Farm on Monocacy National Battlefield, and the Monocacy Aqueduct, part of Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park.

Check out our previous posts for Washington County background and stay tuned for images featuring Carroll County.

Here's a guide for how to install a virtual background: https://support.zoom.us/…/arti…/210707503-Virtual-Background

Visit Frederick - Maryland

Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area
05/09/2020

Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area

Have any Zoom meetings ahead today? Use a virtual background from the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area!

This set highlights two Carroll County sites: the Carroll County Farm Museum and the historic Union Mills Homestead. We've thrown in an extra featuring the Newcomer House, our Visitor Center on Antietam National Battlefield.

Check out our previous posts for Washington and Frederick County backgrounds!

Here's a guide for how to install a virtual background: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/210707503-Virtual-Background

Carroll County Maryland Tourism

04/08/2020
The Newcomer House, our Visitor Center on  Antietam National Battlefield will be delaying opening until May. Usually we ...
03/18/2020
Newcomer House at Antietam National Battlefield

The Newcomer House, our Visitor Center on Antietam National Battlefield will be delaying opening until May.

Usually we open for the season-- on weekends only-- in April and May, but due to COVID-19 concerns we will not have weekend hours in April. We look forward to seeing you at the Newcomer House during weekends in May and daily from June to September! For more information, see our Newcomer House page on our website: http://www.heartofthecivilwar.org/newcomer-house

Visit the historic Newcomer House at Antietam National Battlefield. Newcomer House is the site of the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area Exhibit.

Here's a bright spot in today's news.
03/17/2020
National Road Museum could open by end of year

Here's a bright spot in today's news.

The National Road Museum in Boonsboro recently got a boost when the Washington County Board of Commissioners unanimously supported a request for $75,000 in hotel-motel tax revenue to help pay

Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area
03/07/2020
Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area

Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area

Maryland's Civil War Trails Base Camp. Visit the battlefields & sites of Antietam, Gettysburg, Monocacy, South Mountain, Harpers Ferry, Baltimore & Washington, DC.

Just a few images from our end of season thank you to the Newcomer House volunteers. We were at the amazing Conococheagu...
12/13/2019

Just a few images from our end of season thank you to the Newcomer House volunteers. We were at the amazing Conococheague Manor in Williamsport.

Boonsboro Cub Scout Pack 20 is here preparing personalized luminaries to be placed on our lawn as part of the Antietam M...
12/07/2019

Boonsboro Cub Scout Pack 20 is here preparing personalized luminaries to be placed on our lawn as part of the Antietam Memorial Illumination

Tracey McIntire and Audrey Scanlon-Teller are here today taking about women posing as male soldiers in the Civil War. Ne...
10/26/2019

Tracey McIntire and Audrey Scanlon-Teller are here today taking about women posing as male soldiers in the Civil War. Next program at 2pm

Honored to host FBI Leadership Academy today. Our FBI is in outstanding hands.Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area
10/17/2019

Honored to host FBI Leadership Academy today. Our FBI is in outstanding hands.
Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area

Getting set up for Race and #Realtalk at 1:30
09/22/2019

Getting set up for Race and #Realtalk at 1:30

Today and tomorrow -- make your own cyanotype it have a tintype portrait taken.
08/24/2019

Today and tomorrow -- make your own cyanotype it have a tintype portrait taken.

06/26/2019

Freedom of the Press Day
Gathland Illumination


(Gathland State Park, MD). An Illumination of 250 candles will occur on June 28 at the War Correspondents Arch located in Gathland State Park on South Mountain in observance of the first Freedom of the Press Day in Maryland.

It will mark the one year anniversary of the fatal attack which killed journalists at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis and will be part of a number of observances held in Maryland that day.

This small commemorative Illumination is being organized and produced by the Antietam National Battlefield Memorial Illumination Committee founded and chaired by Georgene Charles. The Antietam National Battlefield manages the triangle of land around the stone arch, which was built by George Alfred Townsend and dedicated in 1896 to the memory of the journalists and artists who covered the Civil War. The surrounding area is Gathland State Park, a part of the South Mountain Recreation Area and the South Mountain Battlefield.

Antietam was the site of the first photographs taken of American war dead before they were buried. The photos created a sensation when they were published in 1862 and are considered the beginning of American photo-journalism. The Antietam Illumination Committee felt it was fitting and appropriate to extend the Annual Illumination to this site on South Mountain for this first Freedom of the Press Day in Maryland.

A small remembrance program will be held at 8:30 PM and the candles will be lit.

Very limited parking is available near the monument.

For additional information please contact Mike Wicklein at 443-286-1933 or
[email protected]

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TODAY at the Newcomer House Porch Program Dr. James Broomall talking about the war affected the mental experience of Con...
05/18/2019

TODAY at the Newcomer House Porch Program
Dr. James Broomall talking about the war affected the mental experience of Confederate soldiers. Next talk at 2pm
#mdcivwar

Spring has arrived at the Newcomer House. Volunteers head their annual orientation training and we are ready to welcome ...
03/25/2019

Spring has arrived at the Newcomer House. Volunteers head their annual orientation training and we are ready to welcome guests starting on Saturday, April 6th.

03/16/2019

Volunteer orientation March 24, 1-3:30. PM us if you are interested in joining the cadre of Newcomer House docents.

Just because it's snowing doesn't mean you can't explore a little #HagerstownHistory. Frederick Douglass spoke here in A...
02/01/2019

Just because it's snowing doesn't mean you can't explore a little #HagerstownHistory. Frederick Douglass spoke here in April of 1879.
(l to r: Ron Lytle, John Muller, Rachel Nichols, Reggie Turner.

Events - Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area
01/29/2019
Events - Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area

Events - Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area

Several years after Marc Howell and his wife moved to Frederick, Maryland in 1976, he discovered that his great-great grandfather, David Howell from Wales, had lived in Washington County, Maryland, around 1840. Interested in expanding the circumstances of his ancestor’s life, he discovered that Da...

12/31/2018

Closing the year with thanks to our wonderful Antietam National Battlefield Park Service partners, generous volunteer docents and visitors who keep history alive. Happy New Year to all.

Cubs from Pack 20 in Boonsboro are preparing luminaries for this evening. Thanks for volunteering, it means so much to u...
12/08/2018

Cubs from Pack 20 in Boonsboro are preparing luminaries for this evening. Thanks for volunteering, it means so much to us.

Kathy Rhoades is here today taking about the horses at Antietam -- about 100,000 of them! Mark Dudrow is here; too cold ...
10/27/2018

Kathy Rhoades is here today taking about the horses at Antietam -- about 100,000 of them! Mark Dudrow is here; too cold and wet for his wonderful mare Eve today. They are fonts of information. Another talk at 2pm.

Geocaching 101 session in progress now; set off on the Antietam Adventure Lab Cache at 1:00 pm. Free pin to those who co...
10/14/2018

Geocaching 101 session in progress now; set off on the Antietam Adventure Lab Cache at 1:00 pm. Free pin to those who complete the adventure by 5pm today.

Dorothy Stoltz from Carroll County Public Library and volunteer Michael setting up the Union Mills Homestead traveling e...
10/03/2018

Dorothy Stoltz from Carroll County Public Library and volunteer Michael setting up the Union Mills Homestead traveling exhibit today. The exhibit will be here through October 21. Porch Program on October 13 -- Join Sam Riley, Union Mills Homestead Foundation President, and Jen Bishop, Carroll County Public Library's Emerging Technologies Supervisor, for an engaging discussion about the Union Mills industrial enterprises of the Shriver family and the augmented reality interactive experience in the exhibit.

09/25/2018
Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area

Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area

Interested in seeing augmented reality in action? Come to the Newcomer House on Saturday, October 13 at 1 PM to learn about the history behind the project with Union Mills Homestead and Carroll County Public Library. The augmented reality exhibit will be on display at the Newcomer House from the first weekend of October until the weekend of October 20 and 21. See more on our events page: http://www.heartofthecivilwar.org/events/view/779

Heart of the Civil War Heritage AreaThanks, Matthew Chilton
06/24/2018
History displayed through wartime memorabilia at Newcomer House

Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area
Thanks, Matthew Chilton

SHARPSBURG — For collectors of wartime memorabilia, getting together with like-minded individuals can be an exciting an educational experience — especially if the meeting takes place in a piece of

04/27/2018

Newcomer House volunteers had a great day touring cultural attractions in the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area

End of season celebration. Thank you a million times to our wonderful volunteers and with the Battlefield Ambassadors. A...
12/06/2017

End of season celebration. Thank you a million times to our wonderful volunteers and with the Battlefield Ambassadors. Antietam's Jacob Rohrbach Inn

Be sure to stop by the Newcomer House this Saturday to dedicate a luminary. We'll be open 11am-5pm. #Newcomerilluminatio...
11/30/2017
Luminarias recognize loved ones past and present

Be sure to stop by the Newcomer House this Saturday to dedicate a luminary. We'll be open 11am-5pm. #Newcomerillumination
Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area

Every December at Antietam National Battlefield, candles and sand honor the soldiers who were wounded, killed or missing in a single day 155 years ago.The somber luminaria representation called Antietam National Battlefield Memorial Illumination will be from 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Dec. 2, at t...

Travel writer Emil Arenholt from Denmark is visiting today learning about the civilian experience at the Battle of Antie...
11/07/2017

Travel writer Emil Arenholt from Denmark is visiting today learning about the civilian experience at the Battle of Antietam.
Thanks Visit Hagerstown-Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau for arranging his itinerary.

Happening now! Photographer John Milleker is taking portrait of Frederick treasure Birch Hotz as part is today's Porch P...
11/04/2017

Happening now! Photographer John Milleker is taking portrait of Frederick treasure Birch Hotz as part is today's Porch Program. Next formal presentation at 2:30.

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18422 Shepherdstown Pike
Keedysville, MD
21756

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Tuesday 06:00 - 20:00
Wednesday 06:00 - 20:00
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