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New Civil War Trails Map Guide Released

New Civil War Trails Map Guide Released

Officials from the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, Office of Tourism Development, Virginia Civil War Trails, and their many local partners joined together for a ceremony which unveiled the Maryland/Virginia Civil War Trails map and guide. The event took place at the new Mason and Dixon Discovery Center in Emmitsburg, Maryland. The CVB's Tom Riford joined in the ceremonies, which included the firing of a cannon from South Mountain Battlefield.
The Mid-Atlantic was a hotbed of military activity during the Civil War, including several major battles, including America's single bloodiest day: Antietam. From the first bloodshed of the war in Baltimore to the assassination of the president, these campaigns and significant events are interpreted through easy to reach wayside markers along trails clearly marked with colorful bugle signs.
Maryland has published four Civil War Trail map guides to date (Antietam Campaign: Lee Invades Maryland; Gettysburg: Invasion and Retreat; John Wilkes Booth: Escape of an Assassin; and Baltimore: A House Divided, War on the Chesapeake Bay). The map guides highlight stories hidden within the landscape for more than 145 years.
The Antietam and Gettysburg trails opened in September, 2002 and June, 2003 respectively. The John Wilkes Booth Escape Trail opened in April 2004. The Baltimore riots trail opening in November, 2004.
The new Maryland/Virginia Civil War Trails guides will be distributed by the Maryland Welcome Centers, local tourism visitor centers, and at sites along all four trails. Visitors may also call 800-719-5900 or order via www.visitmaryland.org.
The Maryland Office of Tourism Development promotes Maryland as a great State in which to tour and travel, as well as to hold meetings and conventions. Tourism is one of Maryland's fastest growing industries and largest economic generators. In 2004, more than 21 million people visited Maryland. Tourism generated an estimated $10.1 billion in expenditures, $813 million in State and local taxes and provided more than 115,000 jobs. To learn more about Maryland tourism, go to www.visitmaryland.org.

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