The picturesque borough of Mercersburg
includes a historic district featuring structures dating back to the 18th century. The borough and surrounding areas figure prominently in Civil War history, and many Mercersburg buildings have war stories to tell.
, Sharpsburg, MD – 45 minutes
Site of the bloodiest battle of the Civil War, where McClellan defeated Lee. National cemetery and visitor center. 301-432-5124
– 1 ½ hours
Attractions include the Inner Harbor, and its star, the National Aquarium
. Tour Fort McHenry, the USS Constellation, or Camden Yards (home of the Baltimore Orioles and Ravens). The city is home to many fine restaurants, including those in Little Italy.
Caledonia State Park/Totem Pole Playhouse
, Fayetteville, PA – 30 minutes
Summer repertory theatre, blacksmith shop, swimming, golf, hiking on the Appalachian Trail, and cross-country skiing. 717-352-7271East Broad Top Railroad (EBTR)
Orbisonia, PA – 45 minutes
The nation’s oldest narrow-gauge coal railroad is now a national historic landmark. Includes a 50-minute narrated train ride and a guided tour of the rail yard. Open Saturday and Sunday, June through October. 814-447-3011.Fallingwater
- Mill Run, PA – 2 ½ hours
This renowned house on a waterfall, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, can be toured Tuesday through Saturday. 412-329-8501. Franklin County
- Visit the Franklin County Visitors Bureau website for more information on area dining, things to do, and places to stay in Mercersburg, Chambersburg, Waynesboro, Greencastle, and Shippensburg.
– 45 minutes
Headquarters for the Union Army in 1863, Frederick is rich in history. It includes the Roger Brooke Taney home, Barbara Fritchie House, andMount Olivet Cemetery. The Weinberg Center for the Arts hosts music, dance, theatre, and classic movies. 301-663-8703Gettysburg, PA
– 1 hour
Site of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and one of the Civil War’s most significant battle sites includes an information center, monuments, historical markers and the National Cemetery. Nearby is the Eisenhower farm. 717-334-1124 Hagerstown, MD
– 30 min
The city of Hagerstown offers the Maryland Symphony, Maryland Theatre, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, excellent shopping, and fine dining. It is also the home of the Hagerstown Suns minor-league baseball team.
Harpers Ferry, WV
– 1 hour
Now a National Historic Site, the scene of John Brown’s Raid before the Civil War. The town, which was strategically placed above the Potomac, was traded between Union and Confederate forces throughout the war.Hershey, PA
– 1 ½ hours
Home of Hershey chocolate, Hersheypark, and the Hotel Hershey. Entertainment venues include the GIANT Center, Hersheypark Arena, and the Star Pavilion. 844-330-1811Lancaster, PA
– 2 hours
This major center for Amish and Mennonite culture features traditional farms, food and craft markets, restaurants, and museums demonstrating local life and history. Shepherdstown, WV
– 50 minutes
This home of Shepherd University has interesting shops, cafes, and restaurants, as well as the Opera House
, which features live music and classic films. Tuscarora Hiking Trail
, Mercersburg, PA – 10 minutes
More than 250 miles in length, the trail traverses the Buchanan Forest District and goes from an elevation of 1,300 feet to 2,460 feet at its highest point. It offers an interesting variety of scenic views and historic sites.Washington, D.C
. – 1 ½ hours
Washington includes the many museums of the Smithsonian Institution
, as well as all of the nation’s capital sites—the White House, Capitol Hill, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Mall, and Arlington National Cemetery. Washington is also home to world-class dining and shopping and all four major professional sports.