Known as the “Battle That Saved Washington”, the battle of Monocacy in 1864 between 18,000 Confederate forces under General Jubal Early, and 5,800 Union forces under General Lew Wallace, marked the last campaign of the Confederacy to carry the war into the north.
The lifelong home of James Madison, “Father of the Constitution” and fourth President of the United States, was also home to three generations of the Madison family from 1723 to 1844. The mansion core was built by Madison’s father c.1760.
The 42-acre man-made lake and beach draw many visitors who enjoy swimming, canoeing, hiking, picnicking, fishing and hunting. Picnic tables, grills, playgrounds and four lakefront rental gazebos are available in the day use area. The Park offers campsites conveniently located near bathhouses with hot showers.
The visitor center contains exhibits, a 22-minute movie and bookstore to help orient visitors to the 1862 battle. A five-mile driving tour and several walking trails provide access to the key spots on the battlefield including Chatham Manor.
The Park is known for its history and scenic beauty, as well as its 78-foot cascading waterfall (locally known as McAfee Falls) – the largest cascading waterfall in the State of Maryland. The park was originally part of the Catoctin Recreational Demonstration Area created by the federal government in 1936, to demonstrate the restoration of […]
The C&O Canal, built between 1828 and 1850, runs 184.5 miles from Georgetown, DC to Cumberland, MD and operated as a commercial waterway until 1924. Over 1,300 historical structures including lockhouses, stone aqueducts, dams, pumphouses and a 3,118 foot long brick-lined tunnel remain along the canal.
Contains exhibits, 22-minute movie and bookstore to help orient visitors to the 1863 battle. A seven mile driving tour and several walking trails provide access to the key spots on the battlefield including Salem Church and the Stonewall Jackson Shrine.
The 1862 Battle of Cedar Mountain, also known as the Battle of Slaughter’s Mountain or Cedar Run, involved 22,000 Confederate troops, under command of Major General Thomas J. ‘Stonewall’ Jackson.
In operation from 1776 to 1903, the Catoctin Iron Furnace was a community in itself. Founders, miners, clerks, charcoal makers, storekeepers, teamsters, and others came together under the iron master’s supervision. A furnace stack, the iron master’s Manor House ruins, and self-guided trail.
Straddling the Fauquier/Prince William County line, the Preserve occupies 2,486 acres of rocky ridges and steep valleys. The varied topography and geology of the site yield several forest and woodland community types with excellent wildlife viewing.
40-acre Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park features a scenic pond, and nearly three-miles of walking and equestrian trail winding through woods and meadows. During the Civil War, Confederate forces suffered a bloody defeat at this site when they attacked Federal troops posted behind the embankment of the Orange & Alexandria Railroad. More than 200 soldiers from […]
The Battle of Brandy Station was the largest cavalry battle of the Civil War and the largest cavalry battle ever fought on the North American continent. It was also the first battle of the war’s most famous campaign – Gettysburg.