Please review the following information before scheduling your visit:
The Visitor Center is the best place to begin.
- Students will learn about the Battle of Monocacy from the perspectives of Union soldiers, Confederate soldiers, and civilians.
- They will discover how slavery divided the country economically and politically, and how Monocacy fits within the larger context of the Civil War.
- A timeline that runs throughout the exhibit provides a framework of American history permitting students to examine other events that may have affected, or been affected by, the Civil War.
- They will see many original artifacts, appropriately displayed throughout the museum and numerous reproductions that are used in hands-on exhibits.
- A fiber optic map provides an eight minute description of the battle and shows how the battle was fought on the landscape.
Several free program options are available to you. Select the one that is most appropriate for your students and e-mail us or call 301-662-3515 to make a reservation. Programs are scheduled only through reservation and based upon staff availability.
- Orientation: 20 minutes, easily adaptable and provided for students in grades 3 and above. (It can be shortened for younger children.) Program consists of a brief description of why the Battle of Monocacy occurred, its significance in American history, and why the site is preserved by the National Park Service.
- Battlefield Tour: 60-90 minutes, developed for high school students and adults. A park ranger accompanies the group from site to site providing additional information about troop movements, battlefield landmarks, and local civilians.
- Bridging the Watershed (BTW): An outreach program of the Alice Ferguson Foundation, in partnership with the National Park Service and area schools, whose purpose is to provide personally meaningful, educational experiences that connect students to their place in the natural and cultural world. Teachers must attend a BTW summer workshop to be eligible to participate in these field trips. For more information and to schedule a BTW workshop, visit www.fergusonfoundation.org.
Please note the following when planning a field trip to Monocacy National Battlefield:
- Restrooms are available only at the Visitor Center and the Thomas Farm.
- There are picnic areas at the Visitor Center, Gambrill Mill, Thomas Farm, and the Worthington Farm
- Monocacy is a trash-free park. Leave No Trace by packing out all trash, leftover food, and litter.