Friday, February 23, 2018

Dunker Church hotel? In 1889, an awful idea for Antietam

1884 photograph of the Dunker Church at Antietam. (Mollus Collection)
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On Oct. 10, 1889, the Hagerstown (Md.) Torch and Light reported that "several New Yorkers" were negotiating to purchase the Dunker Church property with the intention of constructing a "large hotel" there on the Antietam battlefield. "The church building will not be disturbed," the newspaper reported, "but is to be preserved as a distinguishing mark of the battlefield."

Thankfully, this plan never got off the ground.

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1 comment:

  1. I have a seen a picture at some point in the past that showed a gas station on the land where the church stands. I'm guessing this is during the time after the church fell down in the 20's and before it was rebuilt for the centennial.