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May 10, Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Come to Town Hall where the historical society will participate in the South County Museum Ramble. Our exhibit will focus on schools in Sharpsburg. Our earlier program about schools fell on a night of horrendous weather, rain not snow, and we feel that a repeat would be worthwhile. Please let us know if you have any school related items that you would like to share for this special event. Any other help you could offer for this Saturday program will be appreciated.

As part of the Common Core curriculum, the students in the third grade at Sharpsburg Elementary Schoolhave spent the last four months researching and writing about different aspects of the history of their home town. Their essays have been collected into a publication that they will present to the Sharpsburg Historical Society at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 10. The presentation will take place in Town Hall, 106 East Main St., Sharpsburg.

The book will become part of the historical society's library, and the students will become honorary members of the historical society. This presentation will take place during the Washington County Museum Ramble during which the Sharpsburg Historical Society will exhibit their collection of school materials.

The historical society will be open from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 10. The exhibit and book presentation are free and are part of the ramble's purpose to attract visitors to the museums and historical sites in the county.

RSVPs are appreciated. Please call 301.992.9767

Wednesday, May 21, at 7 P.M.

Barbara Twigg, the librarian in Sharpsburg, has arranged a special program on Wednesday, May 21, at 7 P.M. Rosemary Wells will discuss her novel Red Moon at Sharpsburg.

Seating in Town Hall is limited; therefore, registration for the program is essential. Please call the library, 301.432.8825, anytime after Sunday, April 27, to register. You may leave a message on the phone on Monday. You may also register by email at the Washington County Free Library site.

Attendees must be at least 12 years old. Wells will be speaking at the elementary school during the day.

The program is free. Wells' books will be available for purchase at the Wednesday evening presentation.

Sharpsburg turned 250 last July!!

On July 7, 2013 the town of Sharpsburg and the Sharpsburg Historical Society marked the July founding of the town with ceremony and events including a wreath laying at the Chapline family burial plot in Mountain View Cemetery, an ice cream social and a band concert by the Rohrersville Band, whose founder G.W. McCoy was from Sharpsburg.

The Headquarters of the Sharpsburg Historical Society is now open every Wednesday from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. It is located in the Sharpsburg Town Hall which is upstairs from the library on the town square.

There is a Facebook page for the Sharpsburg District Historical Society.


Sharpsburg was already an old colonial frontier town when the Union and Confederate Armies converged here in 1862 to fight the bloodiest day's battle of the Civil War. Founded right after the French and Indian War, Sharpsburg served local farmers into the 20th Century with tradesmen and with access to the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal.

It has evolved into a modern bedroom community, still a small town, with many of its Federalist-era log homes intact and protected by siding and brick. Prosperous farmers and craftsmen of the mid-1800’s still have descendents here, bearing their family names.

The Sharpsburg Historical Society is devoted to researching, preserving and celebrating the history of Sharpsburg, Maryland. We hope to reach anyone who has an interest in this old town, including the other descendents of those farmers and craftsmen who have migrated far from here. This site is a place to share some of what we have found.

We are a very small group, so we would welcome your help in events and projects, and in sharing historical information. Please visit our pages to learn about our activities and how to join, and to see what we have found in our research so far.

The Upper Potomac in the Civil War: Derived from a 1965 Publication of the District of Columbia Civil War Centennial Commission : A series of 51 watercolor paintings with accompanying narrative / by Garnet W. Jex; produced with the active help and guidance of John R. Winters, A.D. Kenamond, Paul J. Sedgwick, J. Gay Seabourne, Walter R. Jex.

A reissue of a book that came out in 1965, this book is now available through the Sharpsburg Historical Society.


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