Official Muster CivilWarTalk Antietam Muster 2021 (Oct 8-10)

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CivilWarTalk Antietam Muster 2021

Weekend of October 8th, 9th, and 10th - 2021


https://www.hilton.com/en/hotels/iadcthx-hampton-suites-charles-town/

Cut-off Date for Room Reservations is September 4th

Note: There is NO shuttle from the Dulles or the Baltimore airport to Charles Town, WV.

With the Delta Variant running around, I cannot repeat this enough BRING MASKS! The NPS requires it on their buses and bookshops. Alfredos and a number of restaurants we went to require them.

If you're interested in going to this event, please RSVP in the module at the top of the thread! Get your RSVP in before September 17th!


itinerary
Thursday, October 7th​: (Early Arrivals Optional)

3:00 pm – Check in Time​



Friday, October 8th​: (optional)

James N. We will be at Harpers Ferry but I will be back at the hotel to check people in for the Official Start! I have tons of maps and goody bags to give out!​

Friday, October 8th​ (Regular Arrivals)
12:00 pmOfficial Kickoff: CWT Fall Muster – Gather in War Room!
For early arrivals, the hotel has a luggage room available, since the rooms aren’t ready till 3:00 pm.​
12:30 pm – Head to Harpers Ferry National Park. The NPS Bus stops running by 4:45 (I was told July 15th) in the afternoons after October 1st. I will reconfirm and update this as we get closer to the date. I was there and that's what they knew at the time. Masks required on NPS buses and at all NPS bookstores!!!!
Here are some audio presentations about Harpers Ferry​
Put on your most comfortable walking shoes! Harpers Ferry is very up and downhill.​
4:00 - Start thinking about getting back to bookstore - it's huge and there are also very good bathrooms there.​
6:30 pm – Dinner is on your own. IF.... you decide to stay and eat at Harpers Ferry - they have beer gardens and lots of tiny restaurants - YOU WILL NEED TO BRING YOUR CAR FROM THE NPS LOT BEFORE THE BUS STOPS RUNNING - OTHERWISE YOU HAVE A ****VERY**** LONG WALK TO GET TO IT - I'm trying to warn you, it's over a mile away. NPS bus stops running by 4:45 pm. You can bring your car, very carefully (about one car wide streets) into Harpers Ferry and there is public parking BEHIND the restaurants down by the railroad tracks. Very easy to get to, I've done it myself.​
- there are many good places right next to the hotel in Charles Town. Clark and I checked them out.​
It is right across from a race track with horses. I just might be over there (not a betting person) checking out the horses and seeing if one needs to be shipped to New Hampshire! We'll see.​



Saturday, October 9, 2021

7:00 am – Breakfast in our CWT War Room. Antietam Movie​
8:00 am – Leave hotel.​
It will take 45 minutes to get from Charles Town to Antietam.
We get to Antietam for 8:45, use the porta potties, pay park fees in the trailer they will have set up, look around a bit in the book store and Stephen will join us for 9:30.​
9:30 am – Antietam NP All Day. We will be doing a number of major tour stops all day.​
Stephen Recker, THE Antietam tour guide is booked for 3 hours and will be leading us.​

12:30 – Box Lunch from Captain Benders.
We will stay on the grounds of Antietam and do member presentations for the afternoon.​
Tina - Will do a very short presentation about the Mumma Cemetery and the Pry House.​
@Ole Miss - Is going to do a wonderful presentation about the National Cemetery.​
We will do the Pry House and National Cemetery later in the afternoon when we leave the park as those two are fairly close together and it makes sense to do them after we leave.​
Nutters – Finish off at Nutters for ice cream before we head back to Charles Town for a bit of a rest, freshen up and then the member dinner.​
As always, we want and look forward to member presentations on any of the subjects here!​
This is a big park – very pristine battlefield - and is spread out so there will be a lot of driving.​
7:00 pm – Member's Dinner - Alfredo's Mediterranean Grille and Steakhouse 735 E. Washington St. Charles Town, West Virginia 25414. Clark and I went in there and we loved it. Hope you do too. Maybe there will be belly dancers in the evening, I don't know, but if that's going to happen, that is certainly the place for it.​



Sunday, October 10th

7:00 am – Gather in our CWT War Room for breakfast​
Presentation – looking for a quick presentation on the part Boonsborough/Charlestown played during the Civil War.​
9:00 amDouglas G. Bast Boonsborough Museum of History & Preservation, 113 N. Main St. Boonsboro, MD 21713​
We are being given our VERY OWN private tour of this Treasure Box of a museum. Douglas Bast died at an advanced age this past March. The museum was closed all last year due to Covid. The museum is in a house and in another building, on the same side of the street. Because the rooms in the house are VERY small, they will take us in groups of five and then when one group is done in one room, they will take the next group of five.​
This group (three people) are trying to find a way forward with this museum, now that Mr. Bast has died. You will immediately see this was his passion. There are cannons, firearms, pikes,and swords galore. Everything is labeled. They are doing this for FREE for us and are THRILLED to do it for us. Please be generous in your donations to this museum so they can stay afloat.​
1:00pm – Return to hotel, say our goodbyes, checkout and go home. I've arranged for a late check-out. The hotel said "no problem" but the person to give me a time is out this week. I will update as soon as I get it. I said 1:00 pm and the person taking the message didn't seem to think it would be a problem. I'll confirm on Monday. This museum is only 35 minutes away from Charles Town.​




host hotel: hampton inn & suites and home2 suites

Charles Town, WV
(Hampton) 304-725-2200

There are 25 double queen rooms on hold for us that weekend with some set aside for handicap accessible. The rates for people coming in early are: Wednesday and Thursday nights, $109.00 (plus tax) and Friday and Saturday nights, $139.00 (plus tax). Sunday and Monday nights go back to $109.00 (plus tax). These rates are as discounted as they get.

We also have a "War Room" set aside BUT at this current time (February - 2021), only 10 people are allowed in it, preferably masked. That may change by Fall as Covid conditions change.

Of course, while things are starting to look good and I had a long talk with the events coordinator about it, things are subject to change at a moments notice because of Covid. Currently West Virginia has the BEST vaccine rollout rate in the nation.

When making the reservations, please state that you are with the CivilWarTalk Antietam Muster code CWG. If there is any problem with that, please refer the booking clerk to Tara Orndorff, Director of Sales, and she will straighten them out at the front desk.

Tara also wanted this link to be included in this notice to CivilWarTalk Members on what the Hilton Company is doing to make the rooms clean and safe for our stay.

https://www.hilton.com/en/corporate/cleanstay/

The safety and security of our guests and team members remain our highest priority, and Home2 Suites and Hampton Inn & Suites Charles Town remain diligent in our commitment to provide a safe, hospitable environment for all who enter our doors.


Some previous discussions about this muster have been archived here:
https://civilwartalk.com/threads/civilwartalk-antietam-muster-2021-archived-discussions.184035/
 
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Looking forward to seeing everyone in October !!

Tina @NH Civil War Gal would it be worth asking Mike to put a countdown clock on the Home Page with a link to the Official Muster thread.
 

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Is there any shuttle buses available from either airport: IAD or BWI?
I hope I can manage without a rental car once I get to the hotel. I would prefer to travel through IAD airport and use a shuttle.
 

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Shuttle to the hotel? I highly doubt it, meaning a hotel shuttle. BWI has an Airport Shuttle company, that’s actually what it’s called (super shuttle or something like that) but I can’t even imagine what the cost is to the hotel. I used it once from my house and it was super pricey and shuttled multiple people so we made stops, An Uber may take you there As well. Or maybe a coordinated effort with others arriving around same time?
 

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Is there any shuttle buses available from either airport: IAD or BWI?
I hope I can manage without a rental car once I get to the hotel. I would prefer to travel through IAD airport and use a shuttle.
Mike @mkyzzzrdet and I have used them at both BWI and Dulles, but the ones provided BY the hotels where we stay. For example, I know Marriott for one has their own shuttle and most other major "chain" hotels at or near the airports do too. I don't understand what you're talking about by the part highlighted above, though. Are you meeting someone else there; obviously you'll need transportation from the D.C. area to Charles Town and back!? I'll be "meeting" Mike who will rent a car once he arrives, then I'll take a shuttle to the hotel where he's made reservations.
 

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but the ones provided BY the hotels where we stay.
That thought hit me a little after I posted this. I guess it has been awhile since I hitched rides on cargo planes and called for a hotel shuttle.
I was imagining the town as too small to have a large hotel with an airport shuttle.

The highlighted statement was only meant to stress that once I got to the hotel that I hope I would not need a car to go eat or some good coffee aa well as join all the Tours.
 

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That thought hit me a little after I posted this. I guess it has been awhile since I hitched rides on cargo planes and called for a hotel shuttle.
I was imagining the town as too small to have a large hotel with an airport shuttle.

The highlighted statement was only meant to stress that once I got to the hotel that I hope I would not need a car to go eat or some good coffee aa well as join all the Tours.
Once you get to the Hotel you'll be fine. IHOP, Taco Bell, Mountain View Diner, Burger King, Fridays and more a short walk.
 

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So, I just found this thread and I am going to try and attend depending on finances. One of the nice things about this trip is that we are staying in Charles Town, WV. My Alma Mater and where I currently attend Graduate School, American Military University, is headquartered out of there. Hope I can attend, Gettysburg trip coming up next month as well.
 

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@Red Raider the Antietam fees are $10.00 an individual for three days OR $20.00 a car for three days. I checked their web site and I don’t see if they give a military discount or not and I think you are military, but I would be surprised if they don’t give some sort of military discount.

The side-trip tour on Thursday with James N and our group is free and the Saturday tour group with Stephen Recker is a gift from one of our illustrious members to all of us.

You would have the hotel expenses, lunch and dinner expenses, and gift shop/book store expenses.

If I’m missing anything, James N or @Stone in the wall please let me know.

Edited to add: If you ride on a motorcycle, Antietam charges $15.00 an individual for three days.
 

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@Red Raider the Antietam fees are $10.00 an individual for three days OR $20.00 a car for three days. I checked their web site and I don’t see if they give a military discount or not and I think you are military, but I would be surprised if they don’t give some sort of military discount.
Edited to add: If you ride on a motorcycle, Antietam charges $15.00 an individual for three days.
For the older set, if you have the NPS Annual Pass, you will get in free. I believe that the NPS also has a military pass available. https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/passes.htm
 

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I just checked, they do have a military pass. The things you learn! I have a Federal site 20 minutes away from me. Heading there tomorrow on my way to get my hunting licenses. Thank you all for the information and the chances are good I will be there after talking with my friend. It will be a fun and educational trip for both of us.
 

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I did not plan to rent a car. I hear that is very expensive as the rental companies sold a lot of their inventory. I am assuming I can get a ride with someone in our group.

In a previous post, someone said the Hotel has an airport shuttle to/from IAD. While discussing my plans with a local in the DC area, he said the hotel shuttle charged a lot $$$.

Does the hotel have a shuttle? And is it free?
 
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