Museum to open transportation building

The Washington County Rural Heritage Museum will hold a grand opening celebration of the Rural Heritage Transportation Museum and 13th annual spring open house.

The events will occur at the museum at 7313 Sharpsburg Pike Saturday, April 6, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, April 7, from 1 to 4 p.m.

The museum will host a one-of-a-kind transportation artifact display, including two surviving, Hagerstown-built Dagmar automobiles and Crawford bicycles, Dahlgren Carriages, Pope Tribune automobiles and an Astor Taxi-Cab.

Other activities will include high-wheel bikes in action, barrel-train rides and 4-H Youth Development crafts for children.

Visitors can also see live demos, including “Firing up the ‘T’” and “Retracting the Retractable.”

Local antique car clubs and the Washington County Antique Tractor Club will provide exhibits.

Admission to the event is free, but donations to help fund museum activities are appreciated.

Light refreshments will be served in the main museum building.

For more information call 240-420-1714, send an email to or go to


Sharpsburg churches to hold sunrise service

Sharpsburg churches will celebrate Easter sunrise at the Antietam National Battlefield Visitors Center Sunday at 6:30 a.m.

The Rev. Karen Erskine-Valentine from Holy Trinity Lutheran will bring the message.

Music and readings will be part of the service.

The event was chaired for many years by the late William Poffenberger and is now chaired by his daughter, Lisa Drake. The event has been held for more than 50 years. The public is invited.


Brugh to conduct walking tour of town

Historian Mark Brugh will discuss the effects of the Battle of Antietam on local citizens as part of a walking tour of Sharpsburg on Wednesday, April 3, at 7 p.m.

The 1 1/2-hour tour will start at Sharpsburg Town Hall as part of the meeting of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

The tour is free and open to the public.

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