When Maryland Public Television debuts "The Heart of the Civil War" on Sept. 11, it will showcase many Carroll County sites.
The hour-long documentary features areas like Westminster and Uniontown and battlefields that were critical to both sides in the war between the states.
The film includes footage of the most crucial territories where Confederate and Union forces battled for strategic advantage in Carroll, Frederick and Washington counties. The story focuses on Maryland residents enmeshed in the famous battles, whose sites still draw hundreds of tourists annually.
The three central-western counties make up Maryland's Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area, where thousands experienced the rigors of war firsthand. The area includes major battle sites, like Antietam, that played pivotal roles in the war's outcome.
The film also highlights the tourism opportunities within the heritage area, offering visitors glimpses of battlefields, military headquarters, museums, historic sites, scenic byways and the Maryland Civil War Trails program.