Pry Barn now open!
- From today's Hagerstown Herald-Mail:
ANTIETAM NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD HAS NEW ATTRACTION
A barn that served as a field hospital for 400 wounded Civil War soldiers is the latest attraction at Antietam National Battlefield near Sharpsburg. The barn at the Philip Pry House is operated by the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in nearby Frederick, Md. It is to open to the public today. The museum invites battlefield visitors to stand on the site where the wounded were treated and learn about medical concepts that were pioneered during the war between the states.
Superintendent John Howard said the Save Historic Antietam Foundation has donated $10,000 to the battlefield to assist in the restoration of another building, the Joseph Poffenberger farm house. That money will be matched by National Park Service funding to allow for the exterior painting of the Poffenberger House, which is near the North Woods. Additional work scheduled at the Joseph Poffenberger farm this year includes continued restoration of the barn and several outbuildings, and the construction of historically accurate fences.
"The Save Historic Antietam Foundation has been a reliable and dedicated partner in the preservation of the Sharpsburg battlefield," Howard said in a prepared release. He said past donations have been used for preservation work on the Newcomer barn, construction of historic fences on the Otto farm and the restoration of Piper Lane.
Tom Shay - Cressona, PA
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