A building that went from a home to a hospital and headquarters in less than twenty-four hours: explore the Pry House and discover the war changed lives both in battle and on the home front.Make Pry House Field Hospital Museum part of your personalized Keedysville itinerary using our Keedysville sightseeing planner.
Pry House Field Hospital Museum Reviews
We thoroughly enjoyed this historical field hospital site. The displays do require that you engage and do some reading to get the full experience. We were happy to have caught it when it was open. more »
It has generally been accepted that the Philip Pry House, on high ground east of Antietam National Battlefield, on State Highway 34 or the Shepherdstown Pike, west of Keedysville, Maryland, served as.... more »
A small museum built in a family's home that was forcibly used as a makeshift hospital for wounded soldiers during the Civil War. Most of the exhibits consist of written descriptions and stories. Notably, the exhibits explain that the Civil War was one of the first American wars where photographers of dead and severely injured soldiers were made available to the general public, which provided counter-images to the cleaned-up, artistic paintings of war that the public was accustomed to. The public could see photographs of the horrors of the aftermath of war, to know what war caused and resulted in. Overall, exhibits are good, and there museum itself is pleasant. Those with mobility challenges should know that the second floor with exhibits is only accessible by way of a staircase. In addition, the inclined gravel path between the small parking area and the museum entrance may be difficult for some with significant mobility issues. Allow 30 to 60 minutes in the museum.
This was a great place to start our hike and research of the Battle at Antietam where general officers like MGen McClellan had to make the tough decisions on where to conduct his attacks. The Pry House has it's story and I recommend people make it a point to stop here.
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