Boonsboro is a small town in Washington County, Western Maryland. Boonsboro is primarily an agricultural center, but it's also just a nice historic town for a leisurely lunch or dinner, and perhaps a stop at one of the museums, while exploring the area.
The town dates back to the late eighteenth century, when, according to local legend, it was founded by two brothers of Daniel Boone. Unsurprisingly, given its proximity to Antietam, it saw major fighting during the Civil War, and housed numerous soldiers following Antietam.
Boonsboro is at the intersection of US-40 and MD-34, so take the MD-34 exit off I-270 to the southeast of Hagerstown and northwest of Frederick. Sharpsburg and Antietam National Battlefield are just southwest of the town on MD-34.
While the town is small enough to cover easily on foot, you will want a car to explore the surrounding areas.
- Boonsboro Museum of History.
- Boonsboro Trolley Museum.
- 1 Crystal Grottoes Caverns, 19821 Shepherdstown Pike, ☏ . Apr-Oct: 10AM-5PM daily, Nov-Mar: Sa Su 11AM-4PM. A relatively small, but nonetheless really spectacular, with reputedly more formations per square foot than any other cave in the world. Open to the public as a public show cave under the same family ownership for 80 years, after being spared (for its great beauty) destruction at the hands of the quarry. Adults $15, children $10. Cash only.
- 2 Washington Monument (Washington Monument State Park), 6620 Zittlestown Rd, Middletown (go east of Boonsboro for four miles on MD-40 Alternate to the top of South Mountain; turn left on Washington Monument Rd), ☏ . Sunrise-sunset daily. On 24 July 1827, the patriotic citizens beat both Baltimore and latecomer Washington, D.C. to the punch in erecting the nation's first Washington Monument. The monument is not in the town itself, but rather just outside on top of South Mountain. There is a museum on-site, open May-Sep daily and weekends only in April and October (closed winter). $2-3/vehicle.
- Antietam Creek Canoe, 19005 Lappans Rd, ☏ . Canoes, kayaks, and tubing on Antietam Creek from Devil's Backbone through Antietam Battlefield to Burnside Bridge and to the Potomac. So, it's not just a pretty ride—you'll get to see a good piece of U.S. history along the way, with optional guides. $35-70/person.
- Old South Mountain Inn, 6132 Old National Pike (US-40), ☏ . A tavern on the National Road southeast of Boonsboro since 1730, this is both a historic and a fancy place for a French/American dinner. Reservations recommended. $28-48.
- Inn Boonsboro, 1 N Main St, ☏ . The first stone building in Boonsboro opened as a hotel in 1790 and remained the town's principal lodging until the twentieth century, when it slid into disrepair. The current owner (Nora Roberts, a New York Times bestselling author) decided to resurrect the property as a B&B. After a $3-million renovation punctuated but not deterred by a devastating fire, the building is once more the principal hotel for the town, right on the main square. The eight rooms are named after various literary lovers, and, as you might guess, are quite charming. $220-300.
- Stoney Creek Farm, 19223 Manor Church Rd, ☏ . An absolutely beautiful farm out in the countryside, dating back to the 18th century, and today a nice Bed & Breakfast. $200-250.