Museum:113 N. Main St.
Caverns: 19821 Shepherdstown Pike
Founded in 1792 by brothers George and William Boone, relatives of Daniel, Boonsboro prospered during the early 1800s as it became a stopping place for pioneers traveling westward by wagon.
This museum houses a unique collection of Civil War relics from the battlefields of South Mountain, Antietam, and Harper’s Ferry and boasts a formidable collection of firearms, from tiny watch fob pistols to cannons weighing several tons, as well as more than 500 weapons from around the world.
Here are rare books, including an original copy of Martyr’s Mirror, the largest book printed in Colonial America; a fossil collection that includes dinosaur bones and mammoth and mastodon teeth; Russian icons and “relics” of famous saints; mummified birds; objects from the Spanish galleon that sank off the Florida coast in 1733; and reconstructions of a cabinetmaker’s shop of 1860 and a turn-of-the-century country store.
Boonsboro is also home to Crystal Grottoes Caverns, one of the largest caves of its kind in the country. Winding through illuminated walkways, visitors will revel at natural sculptures made of pure-white stalactites and stalagmites. Guides demystify the rare formations on a 35-minute tour.
Museum open Sun., May–Sept. and by appointment. Caverns open daily Apr.–Oct.; weekends in winter. Admission charged.
www.boonsboromd.govoffice2.com (under History)
(301) 432-6969 Museum
(301) 432-6336 Caverns