Jacob Rohrbach Inn at Antietam Battlefield, Sharpsburg, Maryland
Date of stay: June 2007
I adore staying at bed and breakfasts, especially historic ones that are more than 200 years old. When it came to planning a girls’ road trip for my mom and me, a bed and breakfast was at the top of the list. Sharspburg isn’t a huge locale, so the Jacob Rohrbach Inn stood out when considering places to stay. Built in 1804 and witness to much of the fighting and the aftermath of the Battle of Antietam in 1862, it’s had a storied past.
Joanne and Paul Breitenbach are the proprietors and they were warm and gracious. Parking is included in your room rate and is around the back off of Main Street. There are a total of five rooms at the inn, four of which feature private entrances and porches. My mom and I stayed in the Harper’s Ferry Suite, which is great if you’re traveling with more than two people (it has both a double and twin bed in addition to a foldout sofa bed). Also in the room is a TV with DVD player, along with an assortment of DVDs, history and Hollywood history. My mom and I opted for Cold Mountain, the screen adaptation of Charles Frazier’s famed Civil War romance,
Available at any time of the day are cold beverages in a mini fridge situated on one of the porches, outside as well as delectable homemade cookies baked by Joanne. For me, one of the primary reasons for staying at a bed and breakfast is obviously the latter and the breakfast prepared by Joanne was no exception. A full breakfast is served in the dining room every morning at 8:30 AM, although fresh coffee is offered (along with the Washington Post) at 7 AM in case you’re an early riser. Included in the breakfast is fresh fruit and juices along with a main course that changes daily (Belgian waffles, Eggs Benedict). Company at the breakfast table was also lovely, a variety of people who like my mom and me were on a Civil War sojourn. Some had come from Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia like us, while others were on their way to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
We only stayed a night at the Rohrbach Inn, but it was a fantastic night, one in which I truly felt I was living and breathing history simply by being there. Although I can’t dispute the many benefits there are to staying at chain hotels, but if the occasion should come along in which you have the opportunity to stay in “history,” I say go for it. Most likely, it will be a stay like you’ve never had before.