SHAF has been preserving and protecting historic sites related to the Battle of Antietam, the Maryland Campaign, and other Civil War activity in the region since 1986. We need your help to keep it going.
Reminder – SHAF will hold our Fall Work Day on Saturday Nov. 5 at the Reel farm along Rt. 65 across from the NPS entrance. Please park across from the VC in the grass field with an old house on it. Bring gloves, hand tools (no chain saws) and water. Dress for the weather, and if steady rain is likely we will postpone until the next Saturday. We will begin at 9 and work until you want to leave. See the SHAF web page, www.shaf.org for any updates of changes.
The Jacob Rohrbach Inn’s raffle at its annual Civil War Lecture Series raised $605 for the Save Historic Antietam Foundation. Thanks to the Jacob Rohrbach Inn for their generous donation and their efforts to educate the public about Antietam’s history through their lecture series. Next time you are in Sharpsburg, consider staying at the Jacob Rohrbach Inn.
Our Fall Work Day will take place on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, at the Reel farm (opposite the main entrance to the battlefield). We will be clearing small trees and brush along the eastern border of the property, along Rt. 65. We will be using hand tools ONLY and stacking up the small trees and brush to be disposed of later in the fall. There will also be some wire fences to remove, and tools for that will be provided. We will start at 9:00 a.m. and work until early afternoon. The rain date is Saturday, Nov. 12.
Please bring water, gloves, hand pruners, and/or saws, no chain saws please. Dress for the weather, of course. We will postpone if steady rain for the day is predicted within 24 hours before Saturday morning. Please watch our Facebook page and/or website, shaf.org for notices. Please park in the designated grass field opposite the temporary Visitor Center, a sign will be posted.
Tolson’s Chapel In 1998 the United Methodist Church decided to dispose of Tolson’s Chapel, a very small structure built in 1866 to be an AME Church and Freedman’s Bureau School. After several other efforts failed, SHAF took title to the building and maintained it and the grounds for several years. Frankly, it was not part of our main mission, ie. preserving battlefield land, but it was certainly a part of Sharpsburg’s history. And of course the Freedman’s Bureau was a direct result of emancipation, which got its first big step as a result of Antietam with the Preliminary Announcement of the emancipation Proclamation. Soon a “friends” group was started, they used our non-profit status to get restoration grants and soon transitioned to their own non-profit organization. This past Saturday, June 11, the restored Tolson’s Chapel and cemetery were officially designated as a National Historic Landmark. There were a lot very fine people who worked hard to accomplish this goal, and SHAF congratulates Friends of Tolson’s Chapel on their success. At the dedication ceremony SHAF was mentioned frequently and we are proud to have played a part is preserving this historic place in Sharpsburg. If you haven’t seen it, stop by on your next visit, it is located on High street. It is open only once or twice a month, but there is a very good interpretive plaque out front. It’s worth your time.
Books for sale! Several local members have donated a large number of Civil War books (and a few other topics) to SHAF, including a full set of the Official Records. While we appreciate such generosity, and are very grateful to those who donated them, and to those who purchased books at our annual membership meetings, the fact is we are not in the used book business. Storage and transporting them and a lack of venues to sell books are a problem, but we have found a great solution. A retired National Park Service superintendent is now living in the area, and has a used book store in Boonsboro. He has taken all our books and is now selling them with a significant portion of the money going to SHAF. We are very grateful for this solution and encourage all SHAF members, both local and those of you who visit, to patronize his shop. It is called Brigade Books and is located in the Boonsboro Antiques & Collectables 7700 Old National Pike just north of the town. They are open 10-5 daily. Now when you’re in the area you can satisfy your book-buying itch and help SHAF too.
The SHAF Board is extremely pleased to announce the Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society chapter of Boonsboro High School (Boonsboro MD) raised $500 and donated it to SHAF to support our two property purchases last year. With our application for Federal grants underway, this donation will be matched, thus making the donation $1,000. This chapter not only raises money, but is also dedicated to community service and several members have attended our last two Work Days. Please join our Board members in extending our gratitude to these wonderfully dedicated students, and their advisors Chris Baran and Jordan Hare, who have guided and encouraged these young men and women.