From Hagerstown Herald-Mail (Sept 9, 2001).....
FOUR CIVIL WAR TRAILS WILL BE DESIGNATED IN MARYLAND
A Virginia group plans to add to the Hagerstown area's Civil War history by
putting up markers along state roads describing battles and other war
facts, a Virginia historian said. H. Mitchell Bowman, executive director of
Virginia Civil War Trails in Richmond, Va., signed a contract earlier in the
year with Gov. Parris Glendening to create four Civil War trails in the
state, according to a written statement from the group. The four trails will
consist of signs along roads that motorists can stop read along the way.
Three of the planned trails will be called:
-- Antietam, Lee Invades Maryland.
-- Gettysburg, Invasion and Retreat.
-- John Wilkes Booth, Escape of an Assassin.
The fourth trail has not yet been named.
Sam Riggs, a historian from Front Royal, Va., said similar trails have been
successful in Virginia. "We've had a tremendous response," Riggs said. "It's
amazing." Riggs, who provides information to tourists about the Front Royal
trail, said Civil War Trails erected 10 signs in the town about two weeks
ago, which represent the Battle of Front Royal fought on May 23, 1862. The
signs contain about 250 words, maps of the site, pictures and a timeline.
Each sign costs about $2,600.
The Antietam trail will be created in the towns surrounding the Antietam
Battlefield, and will be kept separate from the battlefield tours provided by
the National Park Service, Riggs said. Bowman could not be reached for
comment on when the signs will be constructed in Maryland or how long the
trails will be.
Riggs said when the signs go up in Maryland, tourists can begin with the
trail in Front Royal and continue on the four trails in Maryland. Trails will
eventually be created in Pennsylvania. "It's not only good for the Civil War
crowd, but I also think it's good for local tourism," Riggs said.
Riggs said the tourists will boost local economies by spending money on food,
souvenirs and hotels. There is no charge to tour the trails. He also said
tourists can choose where they want to begin the tour. "They don't have to
come to Virginia to pick it up and make it work," he said. "That's for the
hard-core Civil War people."
Civil War Trails has five trails throughout Virginia. "The people love it,"
Riggs said. "It's just another factor that might make the tourists stay a
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