Sharpsburg MD, located due north of Harpers Ferry WV, was first settled in 1763. It is immediately adjacent the Antietam National Battlefield, where the Battle of Antietam was fought in 1862. With over 23,000 casualties, this battle is known as the bloodiest day in the American Civil War.
Most of the buildings in Sharpsburg appear as they did in the 1800s, with historic structures denoted by a special plaque.
Most buildings are 1 or 2 stories, but a few are larger, such as this house. I’m not positive, but the upper floor seems to be added, judging by the fact that it is brick while the lower floors are stone.
The old bank has lots of copper detailing, and is still in operation today.
I particularly enjoyed the stone buildings andI find the building windows give a sense of the architecture of that time, and the history of these buildings. Peeling paint, overgrown vines, and broken shutters all contribute to the sense of age about this small town with its present-day population of 700.
Windows around Sharpsburg
I’ll discuss the Antietam Battlefield in another article.