Monocacy National Battlefield

Overview

Monocacy National Battlefield is a unit of the National Park Service, the site of the Battle of Monocacy Junction in the American Civil War fought on July 9, 1864. The battlefield straddles the Monocacy River southwest of the city of Frederick, Maryland. The battle, labeled "The Battle That Saved Washington," was one of the last the Confederates would carry out in Union territory. The two opposing leaders were General Jubal Early, fighting for the South, and General Lew Wallace, fighting for the North.

Much of the Monocacy battlefield remained in private hands for over 100 years after the Civil War. In 1928, Glenn Worthington, the owner of a large portion of the northern segment of the battlefield, petitioned Congress to create a National Military Park at Monocacy. Though the bill passed in 1934, the battlefield languished for nearly 50 years before Congress appropriated funds for land acquisition. Once funds were secured, 1,587 acres of the battlefield were acquired in the late 1970s and turned over to the National Park Service for maintenance and interpretation.

The visitor center has been relocated from the historic Gambrill Mill to a new facility on the west side of the Monocacy River. It offers an electric map orientation program, an interactive computer program, interpretive displays, and artifacts of the battle. The visitor center is the starting point for a self-guided four-mile auto tour and 1/2 mile loop walking trail. National Park Service rangers and volunteers host battle walks, special programs, an auto tour and special events throughout the summer season. The interpretive Worthington Farm Trail, a pair of loops (one nearly two miles long, the other 1.6 miles) on the northern portion of the battlefield, allows the visitor to walk parts of the battlefield and explore the native flora of the region.

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Seasonality / Weather

The Monocacy National Battlefield Visitor Center is open daily, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

Directions

Driving: 

From the North (U.S. 15), or West (Hagerstown):
Using I-70 eastbound, take Exit 54 (Market Street/Route 85). Bear right on Route 85 toward Buckeystown, then turn left (south) at the second traffic light onto Route 355 (Urbana Pike). The Monocacy National Battlefield Visitor Center is located approximately 1.5 miles on the left, 5201 Urbana Pike.

From the East (Baltimore):
Using I-70 westbound, take Exit 54 (Market Street/Route 85). Bear left (south) on Route 85 toward Buckeystown, then turn left (south) at the second traffic light onto Route 355 (Urbana Pike). The Monocacy National Battlefield Visitor Center is located approximately 1.5 miles on the left, 5201 Urbana Pike.

From the South (Washington):
Use I-270 northbound to I-70 eastbound. Take Exit 54 (Market Street/Rt. 85). Bear right on Rt. 85 toward Buckeystown, then turn left (south) at the second traffic light onto Route 355 (Urbana Pike). The Monocacy National Battlefield Visitor Center is located approximately 1.5 miles on the left, 5201 Urbana Pike.