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2016 SHS Scholarship

The Sharpsburg Historical Society is pleased to announce it will offer the Sharpsburg Historical Society Scholarship of $500.00 in honor of local historian, John W. Schildt. Applications will be available to Boonsboro High School graduating seniors planning to pursue careers in history, historic preservation, museum studies, or natural resource studies. For further information, call 301-432-8410.

Monday, February 29, Leap Day, at 7 PM, in Sharpsburg Town Hall, the historical society is sponsoring a program about midwives and birthing in the 19th century when most births took place at home with local doctors, like A.A. Biggs, and midwives in attendance.  Shanna Mastrangelo, Certified Professional Midwife (CPM), owner of Birthroot Midwifery in Shepherdstown will be the speaker.  Did you know Washington County has a town named in honor of the area's midwife? 

Thursday, March 24 Keith Alexander will speak about the "Importance of Cemeteries."

The Sharpsburg Historical Society has awarded the Jan Wetterer Memorial Scholarship to Cole Shank.

Cole is a member of the 2015 graduating class of Boonsboro High School. Cole, who was graduated with honors on June 5, is the 18-year-old son of Kevin and Victoria Shank. He will begin his post-secondary education at Hagerstown Community College enrolled as a history major. Cole has a special interest in World War II.

The Sharpsburg Historical Society established the $500 scholarship in memory of its member Jan Wetterer who died in July 2014. Jan was an active member of the Sharpsburg society and other historical and preservation groups in Washington County.

The Sharpsburg Historical Society, established in 2002, offered the scholarship as part of its mission to promote, recover, and preserve the history of the Sharpsburg area and to support education and research. Information at 301 992 9767.

Here are the SHS By-Laws:

Articles I and II

Article III

Article IV

Sharpsburg turned 250 in July 2013!!

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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