Newcomer House

Newcomer House Civil War Sites in Washington, Frederick, and Carroll Counties (Maryland) The center is 11 am-5 pm; Weekends in April, May, Oct. & Nov; Daily June-September.
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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. 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 Visitor Center is housed in the historic Newcomer House, built by Christopher Orndorff in the 1780s.

First Middle Bridge hike is in progress! Next one at 1pm.
07/16/2023

First Middle Bridge hike is in progress! Next one at 1pm.

07/14/2023

Mini Grant round for the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area is early this year -- Sept 6. This link has all the details including training sessions.

Mini-grants assist heritage sites, non-profit organizations and government units within the Civil War Heritage Area including MD, PA & WV.

Stephen Bockmiller having a portrait made in his MD National Guard Spanish American War uniform.John Milleker Photograph...
05/21/2023

Stephen Bockmiller having a portrait made in his MD National Guard Spanish American War uniform.
John Milleker Photography will be here till 3 today.

Still time to make a reservation for the Annual Meeting!
10/22/2022

Still time to make a reservation for the Annual Meeting!

Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area Annual Meeting at Antrim 1844.

A wonderful Porch Program today with sculptor Toby Mendez talking about the The Clara Barton Memorial . Especially poign...
09/18/2022

A wonderful Porch Program today with sculptor Toby Mendez talking about the The Clara Barton Memorial . Especially poignant on this 160th anniversary weekend.

Had a fantastic training session on our new exhibit room that evokes the look and feel of how the house looked in the da...
09/10/2022

Had a fantastic training session on our new exhibit room that evokes the look and feel of how the house looked in the days preceding the Battle of Antietam.
Many thanks to our exhibit designers David Guiney, Ruth Bielobocky, and Andy Chamberlain. Volunteers are ready to welcome visitors during our soft opening.
Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area

Excited to welcome the So. Mtn. crew back!
06/30/2022

Excited to welcome the So. Mtn. crew back!

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

Some of today's cyanotypes. Can you identify any of these African Americans?
06/18/2022

Some of today's cyanotypes. Can you identify any of these African Americans?

10/30/2021

Pre-Paid products purchased here are good for:Newcomer House, Sharpsburg MarylandOctober 30th & 31st, 202110am-3pm Eastern TimeBase price is $45 for a Quarter Plate sized Tintype. Half Plate is availa

Developing a "ghostly" image at this morning's Porch Program. John Milleker Photography second talk at 2:30. Also tomorr...
10/30/2021

Developing a "ghostly" image at this morning's Porch Program. John Milleker Photography second talk at 2:30. Also tomorrow at 10am & 2:30pm.

Developing a "ghostly" image at this morning's Porch Program. Next demo 2:30pm. John Milleker Photography  will be here ...
10/30/2021

Developing a "ghostly" image at this morning's Porch Program. Next demo 2:30pm. John Milleker Photography will be here tomorrow, too. Talks at 10am & 2pm.

10/05/2021
10/04/2021
08/27/2021

The opening song from my show "Songs and Stories of Old Canal Days", performed at Cushwa Basin on the C&O Canal Park in Williamsport MD

In this year when we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the C&O Canal NHP, here is something from St. Anthony Falls, MN.
03/09/2021

In this year when we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the C&O Canal NHP, here is something from St. Anthony Falls, MN.

In this collaborative effort between nonprofits and government, artists use the St. Anthony Falls lock wall as a canvass to tell the story of the river using image projection, sound, and lights.

2021 lecture series at the Jacob Rohrbach Inn
01/21/2021

2021 lecture series at the Jacob Rohrbach Inn

The 6th season of our Civil War Lecture Series is set! Stop in to hear historians discuss intriguing topics of the Civil War.

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

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

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

03/07/2020

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

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.

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

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

10/17/2019

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

09/22/2019

Getting set up for Race and at 1:30

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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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

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.

02/01/2019

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

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Developing a "ghostly" image at this morning's Porch Program. John Milleker Photography second talk at 2:30. Also tomorrow at 10am & 2:30pm.
Developing a "ghostly" image at this morning's Porch Program. Next demo 2:30pm. John Milleker Photography will be here tomorrow, too. Talks at 10am & 2pm.
In this year when we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the C&O Canal NHP, here is something from St. Anthony Falls, MN.
2021 lecture series at the Jacob Rohrbach Inn