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Antietam National Battlefield selected as tops in Western Maryland

Antietam National Battlefield selected as tops in Western Maryland; Maryland Life Magazine's readers rank Battlefield as best, Free State's Finest Award

(Hagerstown, MD): The Antietam National Battlefield was recently given a Maryland Life Magazine's BEST Historic Attraction Award. The Free State's Finest Awards are listed in the magazine's latest issue (April 2011)
The National Park Service's Antietam National Battlefield was notified that the readers of Maryland Life Magazine had selected Antietam as the best historic attraction in Western Maryland, and one of the top six selected in the entire State of Maryland.
"To be selected as one of the state's finest in the category of best historic attraction in the Western Region of Maryland is certainly a feather in the cap for Washington County. But to be selected as one of the finest six in the entire state speaks volumes for the importance of the Antietam National Battlefield," said the President of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau Tom Riford.
Antietam National Battlefield is Western Maryland's most-visited historic attraction, and last year saw more than 900,000 visitors (paid and free), a more than 10-percent increase in visitation compared to 2009. Some top events include the annual Salute to Independence, which attracts more than 30,000 people, and also the annual Memorial Illumination which last year attracted over 21,000 total people.
Known as America's Single Bloodiest Day, more than 23,000 soldiers were casualties at Antietam on September 17, 1862. For more information about Antietam National Battlefield, see: www.nps.gov/ancm/index.htm.
The Maryland Life Magazine polled its more than 30,000 readers to vote on "Best of the Best" in each Maryland region. The Antietam National Battlefield staff and management were thrilled to receive word that the current April issue includes the winning announcement.
A special plaque was awarded at the recent statewide ceremony.
Working in a cooperative agreement, the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area, the Hagerstown-Washington County CVB, and the Antietam National Battlefield remembers the Civil War's losses and sacrifices at the new exhibit and visitor center at the historic Newcomer House. The venue also features interpretive exhibits as well as information on historic sites throughout the three-county Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area. The Newcomer House is getting ready for its seasonal reopening.
For more information about the Maryland Life Magazine's "Free State's Finest" Awards, see: www.marylandlife.com.

The Antietam National Battlefield is a member of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau. For more information, see: www.marylandmemories.com.

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