I’ve always had a fascination with old houses. Not only did I make it a point to visit as many historic homes as possible while visiting places like Gettysburg and Antietam, but I also snapped photos of those I couldn’t step inside. One of the most famous farms on the Antietam National Battlefield is without a doubt the Joseph Poffenberger farm. When I visited in 2009 and again in 2013, I saw some distinct changes:
|Poffenberger farmhouse in 2009|
|Looking good in 2013|
Those timeless, dedicated folks who devote many of their days to the restoration of our nation’s historic treasures had been busy at the farm. They’ve provided today’s visitors with an even clearer view of how the house would have appeared to soldiers in both blue and gray, and to those who lived there during the battle of Antietam (or Sharpsburg, if you’re of the Southern persuasion). Tradition says that Clara Barton cared for wounded men on the property. Whether or not that can ever be proven, it was certainly used as a field hospital, as nearly all structures were at both Antietam and later at Gettysburg.
PVT. JOHN OWEN ADKINS
Co. E, 38TH Virginia Infantry
Born 1832--- Died July (or August 29) 1863 at age 31
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