Historic Noah Rohrbach Farm c.1850
Own 130+ Acres of Civil War History!
A beautiful historically significant farm near Washington, DC and immediately adjacent to Antietam National Battlefield. This property was part of a significant Civil War engagement during the Battle for Lower Bridge (Burnside Bridge) in 1862 and is protected as a historic landmark.
Since 1850, this jaw-dropping farm has been considered a true gem of Washington County, and for good reason. Perfectly situated on over 130 rolling acres of impeccable wooded & farm land on 3,000 feet of private Antietam Creek frontage, this magnificent 3,744sf home boasts high ceilings, country charm, and plenty of historic luxury. The significant Civil War era manor has it all and more: five spacious bedrooms including an in-law suite & a master bedroom suite, a gourmet kitchen with Viking range & original hearth, 2 zone heat & air conditioning, and covered porches for premier indoor-outdoor living. Spend your days strolling your famous, picturesque fields on the edge of Antietam National Battlefield, or realize your vision of a unique farming experience. Whether you dream of entertaining in a stately by-gone era setting or you seek solace in your vast private retreat, every whim can be fulfilled and every want obtained in this historic estate that has it all.
As a privately owned farm adjacent to Antietam National Battlefield, this property is a unique buying opportunity that rarely comes on the market. The Noah Rohrbach Farm has been recognized by the Maryland Environmental Trust & Save Historic Antietam Foundation, Inc. for its historic & regional significance and, like Antietam National Battlefield, it is preserved in perpetuity for future generations to appreciate & be inspired by, and to reflect on its roll in one of the most profound events in American history. The current owners have lovingly restored the Noah Rohrbach House to its original splendor while adding “state of the art” modern features for 21st century comfort, and have been honored for their efforts with several preservation awards and features in Old House Journal.
This is a historic estate of rare & beautiful distinction, close to Washington DC & Baltimore, yet a world away.
Entry Hall 22′ x 7′ – Wood floor, hanging lamp, staircase, chair rail.
Living Room 19′ x 12′ – Carpet, fireplace with wood mantel (not functioning), chair rail, ceiling fan, 4 windows.
Dining Room 12′ x 10′ – Wood floor, chair rail, 3 windows.
Family Room 15′ x 11′ – Wood floor, hanging lamp, fireplace with original wood mantel (not functioning), door with transom to porch, 2 windows.
Kitchen 17′ x 15′ – Wood floor, hearth with wood stove, Viking gas range, custom cabinets, walnut counter tops, double sink, stainless steel appliances, ceiling fan, side door to a porch, stairs to second floor master suite, 2 windows.
Mud Room/Pantry 16′ x 8′ – Wood floor, sink, hanging lamps, door to porch, 5 windows.
Laundry/Powder Room 10′ x 6′ – Wood floor, 1 window.
Landing 19′ x 7′ – Wood floor, track lighting, chair rail, 1 window.
– Master Bedroom 15′ x 12′ – Carpet, ceiling fan, chair rail, built-in cupboards, stairs to kitchen, 2 windows.
– Dressing Room 12′ x 8′ – Wood floor, 7 windows.
– Master Bathroom 9′ x 7′ – Wood floor, claw foot tub, shower, clothes pegs, 2 windows.
Bedroom 2 12′ x 10′ – Wood floor, ceiling fan, chair rail, 3 windows.
Hall Bathroom 12′ x 6′ – Wood floor, bathtub, 1 window.
Bedroom 3 12′ x 11′ – Wood floor, ceiling fan, 3 windows.
Bedroom 4 12′ x 12′ – Wood floor, chair rail, 2 windows.
– Bedroom 5 15′ x 10′ – Stained concrete floor with radiant heat, hearth with decorative wood stove, recessed lighting, exposed stone wall, door to patio, 2 windows.
– Kitchenette 15′ x 7′ – Stained concrete floor with radiant heat, blue stone counter tops, sink, recessed lighting, exposed brick wall, door to patio, 1 window.
– Bathroom 8′ x 8′ – Stained concrete floor with radiant heat, bathtub, 2 windows.
Utility/Storage Room 22′ x 22′ – Gravel floor, 2 windows.
Full Walk-Up Attic – Wood floor and expansive storage.
Large Bank Barn with Silo
Brick Smoke House
Frame Garden Shed/Chicken House
2016 Studio/Workshop 21′ x 20′ (currently a commercial kitchen) – Concrete slab, metal construction, 220 electrical, water, 5 windows.
*Excluded – stainless steel sinks, refrigerator, ice maker, outside walk-in freezer.
Agriculture (6 Fields Totaling 90 Acres Managed to Organic Standards)
The property is immediately adjacent to the Antietam National Battlefield, just south of the location of the important Civil War engagement that occurred at the Burnside Bridge, where Burnside’s Union troops held positions at the north end of the Pieper Property (Rohrbach Farm). Thus the property was associated with the Civil War events for which the battlefield is significant. In addition. the farmstead and surrounding farmlands contribute to the cultural landscape setting for the battlefield….
Although the Noah Rohrbach House appears from the road to be of frame construction, it is actually a log house held up by immense oak timbers hand mortise-and-tenoned together in a heavy skeleton. Moreover, this log skeleton is actually recycled and relocated from a much earlier structure. Studies of the building hardware, such as the bevel-sided, cast-iron rim locks, suggested a date of about 1850 for the current appearance. However, the 12″-thick walls of the structure are of vertical-post log construction, a system where the horizontal logs are let into posts at corners and intermediate points in the wall, rather than, say, lapped with notches. This sophisticated system, which uses carefully constructed mortise-and-tenon joints, was common from the 1820s to the 1860s and represents some 5% of the log houses built in western Maryland. What is even more unusual about the house is that there is no evidence of chinking or daubing in the spaces between logs. Typically, the timbers for a log house were cut, shaped, and erected while the logs were green, and allowed to dry and shrink over about a two year period, compressing the chinking between the logs. The lack of chinking between the logs of the Rohrbach house indicates a probable re-use of a previously existing log structure, which had long since dried and shrunk to a stable form…
The farmstead is significant as a representative of Washington County’s 19th and early 20th century agricultural heritage. The property stands immediately adjacent to the Antietam National Battlefield, just south of the location of the important Civil War engagement that occurred at the Burnside Bridge, where Burnside’s Union troops held positions at the north end of the property. Thus the property was associated with the Civil War events for which the battlefield itself is significant. In addition, the farmstead and surrounding farmlands contribute to the cultural landscape setting for Antietam National Battlefield.
Major General Burnside held positions on this farm (outlined in red) overlooking the bridge during the Battle of Antietam
The Burnside Bridge, originally known as Rohrbach’s or Lower Bridge, was built in 1836 by John Weaver at a cost of $3,200 as a crossing of Antietam Creek southeast of Sharpsburg. On the morning of September 17, 1862, the Union Ninth Corps, under the command of Maj. Gen. Ambrose Burnside, faced the daunting task of attacking Confederate infantry and artillery located on the far side of the Lower Bridge.Topography at the site heavily favored the few hundred Confederates who defended it. The road approaching the east end of the bridge swung on a course paralleling that of Antietam Creek; in the last few hundred yards before reaching the bridge, the road plunged into a funnel-like depression between the opposing bluffs of the creek. Confederate troops were in rifle pits on the west bluff overlooking the bridge and the approach road.Even with a numerical advantage, the difficult terrain and stubborn Confederate defense kept Burnside from capturing this critical Antietam crossing for three hours. After the Bridge was captured it took another two hours to cross the Ninth Corps and reorganize for the final attack on the Confederate right flank. The delay proved costly, as Confederate reinforcements arrived from Harpers Ferry just as the Federal assault was finally meeting with success. More than 500 Union troops had been killed or wounded attempting to carry the crossing, known ever since as Burnside Bridge.After the battle, the bridge was actively used for traffic until as recently as 1966. In an effort to preserve the bridge, a bypass was built to take cars on to a new bridge upstream. Today, visitors can once again quietly stroll across what has become the icon of Antietam Battlefield. The peaceful, bucolic setting belies the terrible struggle that took place nearly 150 years ago.
The Battle of Antietam began at dawn on September 17 as the fog lifted. Longstreet’s and Hill’s units formed the Confederate right and center flanks to the west of Antietam Creek, while Jackson’s and Brigadier General John G. Walker’s units formed the Confederate left flank. All of Lee’s troops were worn-out and hungry, and many were sick. They watched and waited as McClellan’s army assembled along the creek’s east side. Union forces outnumbered Confederates by two to one, although McClellan thought Lee’s forces were much larger. Troops from both sides faced-off across a 30-acre cornfield owned by David Miller….
Noah Rohrbach House – Maryland Historical Trust
Deed of Conservation Easement – Maryland Environmental Trust & Save Historic Antietam Foundation, Inc.
Summary of Protections – Preservation Details
Old-House Journal Mar-Apr 2001 – Featuring the restoration of Noah Rohrbach House
Save Historic Antietam Foundation, Inc. – Preservation of Antietam National Battlefield
Maryland Environmental Trust – Preserving Maryland’s most treasured natural resources
Antietam National Battlefield – National Park Service
History of the Battle of Antietam – History.com
Town of Sharpsburg – Town Website
TripAdvisor – Area things to do
Google Map – Noah Rohrbach satellite view w/estimated boundaries
Updated on January 2, 2020 at 10:07 am
Historic Noah Rohrbach Farm c.1850 - 18502 Burnside Bridge Rd, Sharpsburg, MD 21782, USA
Historic Noah Rohrbach Farm c.1850 - 18502 Burnside Bridge Rd, Sharpsburg, MD 21782, USA