SHAF Annual Meeting

April 8, 2016

We will hold a General Membership Meeting on Saturday June 18, 2016. Time is TBA, and the meeting will be in the Mumma Barn at Antietam National Battlefield. We will elect  board members and report on our activities for the past year. All members of SHAF are welcome to attend and vote. Watch here for times and agenda.

SHAF Spring Work Day

February 25, 2016

Our Spring Work Day will be on Saturday April 16, 2016. Meet at 9:00 at the Burnside Bridge overflow parking lot, bring gloves, water and dress for the weather. Please register at Preservation Maryland website o secure a box lunch. We will work until 3 p.m.

Demolition in North Woods

January 11, 2016

just underwayThis house was purchased in September by Civil War Trust with assistance from SHAF. It was located where the tour road and the bypass meet in the west portion of the North Woods. The CW Trust transferred it to SHAF in December. doneHere is what it looks like today! Demolition took place last week, and the land restored to its natural condition. It will be transferred to the National Park Service soon. This purchase and demolition were made possible by the contributions of SHAF members and funds from the now-defunct Western Maryland Interpretive Association. Thanks to all!

Fall Work Day

October 6, 2015

We will be holding our Fall Work Day on Sat. Oct. 24. Joining us will be members of the 88th Penn. Vol. Inf. living history group courtesy of Civil War Trust. We will be working on the WIlson Farm clearing tree lines and fences. As usual, bring gloves, water, dress for the weather, etc. You will see where everyone is parking on the farm, just meet there. Because this is private property owned by CWT we will need to sign a liability waiver, and we’ll be able to use chain saws. Bring yours if you’re comfortable using it. Also bring your own tools, clippers, hand saws, whatever.

Preservation Opportunities!

September 9, 2015

DSC_0528This property is known as the Wilson Farm, but Antietam scholar Joseph Harsh called it the Bloody Pasture. It is just south of th Cornfield and bordered by Cornfield Avenue, Smoketown Road and the Hagerstown Pike; 44 acres and the site of the some of the most severe fighting on September 17, 1862. Long held in private hands, it is now owned by Civil War Trust and SHAF is clearing out overgrown and non-historic tree lines on the property and tearing down the post-war structures seen in the picture. We will need your help to accomplish this task, and when it is complete the land will be made available to the National Park Service. If you have not donated to SHAF in a while here is a great opportunity to do so. We will need a lot of money for this project, and two more I will describe in a future post.