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Sharpsburg Retreat--Civil War Home Near Antietam Battlefield, C&O Canal Towpath

Sharpsburg, MD, USA
  • House1200 sqft
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps7
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum StayNone

House, 1.5 Baths, Sleeps 7, 1/2 acre yard, laundry, free parking, dog friendly

Antietam Guest House is a historic log and stone home in the quiet rural town of Sharpsburg, best known for its proximity to the Antietam National Battlefield, site of the famous Civil War battle. The house has three levels. Sleeping areas are on the first and third level, a total of five separate beds. Happy to answer any questions about the sleeping arrangements. Middle level has kitchen and sitting room. Bathroom with shower is on middle level. Front porch and back deck have chairs and table for outside weather times. Motion detected flood lights at back porch for nighttime security.

Sharpsburg is a designated Canal Town, part of the trail experience between Georgetown and Cumberland and Pittsburg on the C&O Canal Towpath and the Great Allegheny Passage Trail.

Free, unlimited Wi-Fi keeps guests connected to the unbounded internet world. Full kitchen with dishwasher. All linens supplied. Washer and drier with laundry soap. Central air conditioning and heating keep the house comfortable. A fan and ceiling fan help move air through the house. Supplemental heating systems can be turned on if the weather is frightful.

Deck furniture, with umbrella, and porch seating extend the space to the outdoors, Outside lighting creates safe nighttime backyard and deck activities. Both a charcoal grill and a gas grill are at the back deck.

The house accommodates seven. Beds are on the top and bottom levels. On the top level is the bedroom with a queen bed. The bedroom has a half bath. On the top level, on the landing at the top of the steps, two ottoman sleepers (twin size) add sleeping space. On the bottom level, there is a queen pull out sofa (with an inflatable pillow top) and a twin pull out sofa. The Pack 'n Play is usually set up on the landing area. Two baby gates are ready to set at the top or bottom of the stairs to keep your toddlers or dogs safe.

The house is one block off Main Street, 4.1 miles from Shepherdstown, West Virginia, 10 miles from Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, and 13 miles from Hagerstown, Maryland. Harpers Ferry is about 14 miles from the house. Gettsyburg National Military Park is about one hour from Sharpsburg.

The house is within walking distance to casual and fine dining and the famous Nutters Ice Cream Shop.. The house is 1.7 miles from the Potomac River and the C&O Canal and towpath. Bikers have an up-hill ride from Snyders Landing to Chapline Street (1.5 miles) and a down-hill coast for the final two blocks to Antietam Guest House. The half-acre lot offers plenty of room for outside activity.

The house and location are perfect for weekend getaways and family vacations. Three levels offer privacy and convenience at the same time. The downstairs level features a 'living' rock wall foundation and a 'candleplace,' the stone fireplace transformed to hold real candles for the feel of a fire and romance without ashes and soot. The cable TV and DVD player with a selection of DVDs, board games, and a piano are on this level for your entertainment. Check out books and other materials from the local library using

Antietam Guest House (Vernell Doyle) name.

Sharpsburg is a quiet, residential town of about 700. Its location makes it a great home base for exploring the wine trails and historical sites in Western Maryland, southern Pennsylvania, and the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.

In addition to the Antietam National Battlefield and Cemetery, you will find the Newcomer House Visitor and Information Center, the headquarters of the Sharpsburg District Historical Society, the Pry House Field Hospital Museum of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, John Brown's headquarters at the Kennedy Farm, the Antietam Iron Works, and Ferry Hill Plantation, home of Henry Kyd Douglas, Confederate officer who 'rode with Stonewall Jackson.'

Shepherdstown, WV, is filled with unique shops and outstanding restaurants. It is the home of Shepherd University and the Contemporary American Theater Festival, and a put-in spot for Potomac River activities.

For those who wish to venture farther from the immediate area, several state parks on the eastern border of Washington County offer other recreational opportunities. Those who wish to shop will find Hagerstown a mecca of shopping malls and Premium Outlets easily reached from main roads and Interstate highways.

Gift certificates available.

Keywords: Guest House, Vacation Rental, Cottage, B&B with continental breakfast


Tim and Vernell Doyle

Member Since 2008
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Response time:
within a few hours
Calendar last updated:
Apr 22, 2018
About Tim and Vernell Doyle

Tim and Vernell are both retired. He worked as a newspaper journalist; she worked as a teacher, the last 23 years in adult education. Vernell is the current president of the Sharpsburg District Historical Society; she and Tim are National Park volunteers helping at the Newcomer House Visitor and Information Center. They are also Certified Travel Advisers for the Journey Through Hallowed Ground national heritage area. We have just published 'Sharpsburg,' a volume in the Images of America Series. Copies of the book are available from us or at businesses in Sharpsburg. We'll be glad to sign the book for you.

Tim and Vernell Doyle purchased this House in 2006

Why Tim and Vernell Doyle chose Sharpsburg

We bought this wonderful little house in 2006 for several reasons. We wanted to preserve it and share it with others. We enjoy meeting our guests when they come to Sharpsburg to explore its place in history, to enjoy the area, to celebrate special occasions with friends and family. or simply to get-away.

What makes this House unique

Our guests and their dogs enjoy Antietam National Battlefield and its trails, exploring the town founded in 1763 with many of the homes and churches dating from the 1800s. They love the ice cream at Nutters and the restaurant and bar at Benders Public House. Outdoors folks appreciate being near the Appalachian Trail, the Potomac River, and the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath, which offer hiking, biking, and water fun for canoeing and tubing. The house is a perfect home base for Civil War enthusiasts who can visit the other battlefields within one hour's drive of Sharpsburg. The Sharpsburg Historical Society is happy to help researchers with their family history. The town fills with visitors for the Memorial Day Parade and program and for the Illumination at the Antietam National Battlefield in December. At other times of the year, the town is quiet and ready to welcome its visitors. The house is convenient, private, and quiet. Dogs are welcome to stay, no charge for children, and the whole house is for your party alone. Gift certificates available, no extra charge.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
      • Convertible bed(s)
        1 queen, 3 twin/ single, pack and play available
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Queen size Bed in bedroom on top level. Convertible queen sofa on first level. Convertible twin sofa/chair and a half on first level. Two convertible ottomans (twin size) on landing on top level.


      • 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bath
        • 1.5 Main floor has bathroom with shower and the washer/dryer. 2nd floor has half-bath . Toilet on the 2nd floor is a mascerating toilet, operates like a regular toilet by engaging a small motor that runs for about 20 seconds.

        Location Type

          • Downtown
            Small commercial district has a bank, a restaurant, pub, historical society, and ice cream shop. Pharmacy and art/framing shop at edge of town. The Great Spring (geo cache) marks the center of town.
          • Rural
            The house is at the north end of town limits. Cows in the pasture behind the back yard. 1.5 miles to C&O Towpath, Potomac River and Antietam. Town has historic houses and churches to visit.
          • Village
            Sharpsburg has 8 streets, most are 4 blocks long. Mostly residential. Great bakery, family restaurant and ice cream shop. Public library. Antietam National Battlefield in walking distance.


              • Adventure
              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Historic
              • Romantic
              • Tourist Attractions


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Living Room
                        Four cushioned arm chairs. One rocking chair. Two directors chairs.
                      • Air Conditioning
                        Central Air conditioning. Separate controls on each level .Instruction manual in house.
                      • Fireplace
                        Used as 'candleplace.'
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                        Central heating with supplemental units on each level.
                      • Internet
                        Free Wi-Fi.
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Linens Provided
                        Pillows, pillow cases, and sheets are provided. Blankets and comforters make winter stays cozy and warm. Bath towels and face cloths are provided. Dish towels and dish cloths are provided
                      • Clothes Dryer
                        In bathroom on middle level.
                      • Parking
                        Off street parking, in the backyard of 1/2 acre property.
                      • Parking Off Street
                        Parking is at the rear of the house. A locked shed (it is the gray shed at the back of the yard) is available for protected parking for bikes or motorcycles.
                      • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                        The back yard of 1/2 acre and alley access make parking of boats and trailers easy and safe.
                      • Towels Provided
                        All in-house linens provided. Please bring your own towels if you plan to go tubing.
                      • Washing Machine
                        The washer and dryer are on the middle level; laundry supplies are furnished. Iron and ironing board furnished
                      • Wireless Internet
                        Wi-Fi, free, unlimited. Password information is in the house.
                      • Wood Fireplace
                        The fireplace is not operational! But the stone fireplace has been converted into a romantic, charming 'candleplace,' a focal point for the downstairs gathering room.
                      • Free Wifi


                          • Catering Available
                            Please contact us to arrange for local catering.
                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Cooking Utensils
                            Dishes, glasses (wine and champagne), silverware, place mats, and napkins are provided. Breakfast beverages (coffee, tea, sugar, Splenda) always provided.
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                            All available in house.
                          • Dishwasher
                            18 inch built-in dishwasher.
                          • Kitchen
                            A coffee maker, coffee grinder, French press, toaster oven, waffle maker, microwave oven, hand-held mixer, electric range, dishwasher, antique dry sink, table (seats six).
                          • Microwave
                            Brand new with exhaust hood and night light. Popcorn is always in the house for your enjoyment.
                          • Pantry Items
                            Coffee, sugar, Splenda, oatmeal, tea, laundry detergent, dishwasher soap, toilet tissue, paper towels.
                          • Refrigerator
                            Refrigerator with freezer compartment.
                          • Stove
                            Electric stove with full oven.


                              • Dining
                                Table, two chairs, two benches, pullout table with two stools. Two directors chairs for use.
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 8 people


                                  • Books
                                    Wide selection, and magazines.
                                  • CD Player
                                  • DVD Player
                                    Civil War related and popular movies
                                  • Games
                                    Board games, playing cards.
                                  • Music Library
                                    Sheet music for the piano that is on the first level.
                                  • Television
                                    Cable with more channels than you need
                                  • Video Library
                                    Collection of DVDs and permission to check out materials from town library on owner's card.


                                      • Balcony
                                        Porch on the front of the house has furniture for street side viewing (not too much going on).
                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        Deck is 12' x 16' with outdoor lighting, patio furniture and umbrella, offering views of backyard, pasture with horses and cattle (sometimes a really BIG black bull).
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                        House is on half acre lot, huge backyard.
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                        Gas grill and charcoal grill, charcoal provided.
                                      • Porch / Veranda
                                        Front porch chairs and settee


                                          • wheelchair inaccessible
                                            1856 house is on three levels. Stairs have narrow treads. Two sets of stairs in house.


                                              • museums
                                              • botanical garden
                                              • cinemas
                                              • festivals
                                              • library
                                              • live theater
                                              • churches
                                              • playground
                                              • recreation center
                                              • restaurants
                                              • ruins
                                              • winery tours

                                                Leisure Activities

                                                  • photography
                                                  • antiquing
                                                  • boating
                                                  • gambling casinos
                                                  • outlet shopping
                                                  • paddle boating
                                                  • bird watching
                                                  • scenic drives
                                                  • shopping
                                                  • sight seeing
                                                  • walking
                                                  • wildlife viewing

                                                    Local Services & Businesses

                                                      • ATM/bank
                                                      • groceries
                                                      • medical services

                                                        Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                          • kayaking
                                                          • basketball court
                                                          • cycling
                                                          • fishing
                                                          • fly fishing
                                                          • freshwater fishing
                                                          • golf
                                                          • hiking
                                                          • jet skiing
                                                          • cross country skiing
                                                          • mountain biking
                                                          • rafting
                                                          • roller blading
                                                          • skiing
                                                          • swimming
                                                          • tennis
                                                          • water skiing
                                                          • water tubing


                                                              • Continental breakfast supplied for the first morning of your stay. Juice, coffee, tea, and some kind of bread or pastry, oatmeal, too. Original heart of pine flooring, horse hair plaster walls, out buildings made of canal boat boards, limestone bedrock in wall of first level. Walking guides to Sharpsburg. Use of town library with our library card. Piano and sheet music; board and card games; books and some magazines. Jigsaw puzzles. Cable TV service. Wi-Fi. Weather radio band to keep you up to date on weather conditions. Shed to lock bikes.

                                                                42 Reviews


                                                                Latest reviews

                                                                Charming House

                                                                Cynthia P.

                                                                Enjoyed staying in this historic home with its authentic and quirky details. The location is very convenient for visiting the Antietam Battlefield, Shepherdstown, and walking to town. The log walls and dug out basement enhanced the feeling of staying in a special place. Having outdoor space is a real plus. Juice, croissants, coffee, tea, etc. are provided which is a lovely touch. The only negative comments I can make is on the amount of furniture, magazines, books, dishes, etc. It is quite cluttered which, in my opinion, takes away from the historic beauty of the home which has been finished beautifully. Kudos to the owners in attempting to anticipate every need of a guest but I think less would make the home more inviting. I do believe the linens could use an update.

                                                                Perfect place to stay

                                                                Ed M.

                                                                The home was great and in a perfect place to stay and visit all the historic sights in the surrounding area. I really loved the rock wall in the foundation on the lower level.

                                                                Old and charming

                                                                Dominque R.

                                                                Very peaceful and serene...

                                                                Local flavor

                                                                Lorelei S.Northville, Mi

                                                                Nice location to experience history, the Antietam battle, Harper's Ferry, Shepardstown.

                                                                Quiet place, stairs could be challenging for some. Bob Murphy of RCM Tours provided a great civil war battle tour of the entire area.

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                Thanks for mentioning the stairs as a challenge. We specify in our description that the house is not handicapped accessible, three levels and two sets of stairs. The 1856 house has stairs typical of the time, meaning narrower treads than are now the norm. People had smaller feet back then. We always caution our guests to be careful on the stairs and to always hold the railing. Reinforcement of that instruction is much appreciated.

                                                                I'd do it all over again

                                                                Jeffrey S.

                                                                Superb setting with a historic vibe. Great location in village and close to everything. Loved the back porch, well maintained grill and back yard setting.

                                                                Slept like babies in this quiet house.

                                                                Perfect getaway for history buffs.

                                                                Patricia G.Pittsburgh,Pennsylvania

                                                                Beautiful historic house with lots of quirky charm. Close to Antietam battlefield and several quaint communities.


                                                                Sharpsburg, MD, USA

                                                                Contact the Hagerstown Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau for up-to-the minute activities and for our phone numbers . For bikers leaving the C&O Canal Towpath at Snyders Landing, the road to Chapline Street is an up-hill ride, about 1.5 milesh. The last two blocks on Chapline Street to Antietam Guest House give you a free down-hill coast; Premium Outlets shopping 12 miles north; Appalachian Trail is five miles east. Shepherd University, three miles to the south, offers many activities (sports events, Contemporary American Theatre Festival, and a great cafeteria). Visitor and information centers at Antietam National Battlefield (Route 65) and the Newcomer House (MD 34, Sharpsburg East Main Street). Antique shopping in Hagerstown. Art Museum and City Park for summer time concerts Sunday evenings. Winery Trail throughout Washington County. Sharpsburg Historical Society for family and town research.

                                                                Rates & Availability

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                                                                Pet Fee
                                                                Additional Guest Fee
                                                                Tax Rate

                                                                No charge for children, defined as dependents who have not finished high school. $10 per dog per day. 7th day free.

                                                                42 Reviews
                                                                Wonderful 4.8/5
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