Lincoln’s Birthday events at Antietam Battlefield

The 200th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday is getting a lot of attention this week, with special commemorative events around Washington, D.C. We took a night off from painting last week and went to Ford’s Theater, newly renovated and just re-opened, to see one of my childhood favorite actors David Selby as Lincoln in The Heavens are Hung in Black. I kept glancing up at the flag-draped box, expecting to see a shadow with a beard at any moment. Just a few days later President Obama went to the Theater for a special gala featuring vignettes from the play and other actors’ readings.

The Park Service at Antietam Battlefield, just a few miles from the Inn, has two talks scheduled at the Battlefield visitors center on Monday, February 16. If you can extend your long weekend an extra night, we have rooms available that night (and one available on Sunday night). The talks are described in more detail on their website, but there will be one at 11 a.m. about Lincoln’s visit to Antietam just after the battle and another at 2 p.m. to highlight the battle and the issuance shortly thereafter of the Emancipation Proclamation. Both presentations will be made by authors with intimate knowledge of their subjects. Spend the day in Shepherdstown, see one or both of these presentations, and then take advantage of a quiet evening and weekday rates at the Thomas Shepherd Inn!

Jeanne & Jim at the
Thomas Shepherd Inn B&B in Shepherdstown, WV

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