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Antietam Guest House Now Open

Antietam Guest House Now Open

Washington County's newest option for visitor lodging is Antietam Guest House, located at 111 West Chapline Street in Sharpsburg. It is the birthplace of Raleigh Bender, the Captain Bender of Sharpsburg's Bender's Tavern, next to Rudy's Antietam Cafi and Wine Bar on East Main Street. Bender was a boat captain on the C&O Canal and was one of nine children born to Benjamin and Elizabeth Bender. Noted on maps of the Battle of Antietam, the 1856 house is a log structure. The historic home sits on a raised stone basement, which incorporates a large limestone rock in the foundation. The logs are covered with German clapboard siding, newly painted gray, and are exposed on one interior wall.
Tim and Vernell Doyle own the property and have spent a year preparing the house for guests. "We wanted to preserve this great little historic house, and we want to share it with others," explains Tim Doyle. "It is a mix of old and new, horsehair plaster walls, wide plank pine floors, modern plumbing, and air conditioning."
The small three-level home sleeps five, has a full kitchen, a bath and a half, a deck on the back, and a porch on the front. Rentals for the smoke-free, fully furnished property are by the day or by the week. There is no minimum stay requirement, and dogs can be accommodated. For additional information, including photographs of Antietam Guest House, visit www.antietamguesthouse.com.

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