Tour Historic Gettysburg

The Battle of Gettysburg was the bloodiest day of war on American soil. Take a tour of the town as it commemorates the 150th Anniversary of the battle and Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.
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Gettysburg National Military Park

Gettysburg National Military Park is the historic site of one of the most crucial battles of the American Civil War. Fought July 1-3, 1863, the Battle of Gettysburg resulted in Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s retreat to Virginia and the end of the Confederacy’s hope for independence. The park has several attractions, including the Pennsylvania Monument, which honors the soldiers who served in the Pennsylvania units during the bloody battle.

Daniel Lady Farm

Many farms in Gettysburg were turned into makeshift havens for troops like the Daniel Lady Farm. This was headquarters for Confederate General Isaac Ewell and 10,000 troops. The farmhouse and barn were used as a field hospital, treating thousands of soldiers during the Civil War. Guided tours of the house and barn are available to visitors.

Annual Civil War Reenactment

Don’t miss the Annual Civil War Reenactment on July 4, 5, 6 and 7th, outside of Gettysburg, PA. Thousands of reenactors from around the country and around the globe stage the single largest and pivotal military engagements fought on American soil. Visit the camps and learn about the medicine, music, weapons from the war and get a first-hand experience of what life was like as a soldier. Watch as history comes alive.

David Wills House

No visit to Gettysburg is complete without a trip to the David Wills House. The house features 5 museum galleries and 2 recreated rooms -- one of the David Wills law office and the other of the Lincoln bedroom. The house chronicles President Lincoln’s historic visit to the devastated town and his famous Gettysburg Address.

Sachs Covered Bridge

Both the Union and Confederate Armies crossed over the 100-foot-long Sachs Covered Bridge during the American Civil War. Also known as the Sauck’s Covered Bridge during the Battle of Gettysburg, this bridge is built above Marsh Creek and connects Cumberland Township and Freedom Township in Pennsylvania.

Gettysburg Railroad Station Museum

Opened from 1858 to 1942, the Gettysburg Railroad Station was not only a morgue and makeshift hospital for critically wounded soldiers, but also where President Abraham Lincoln arrived a day before his famous Gettysburg Address. Today, guests can see a reenactment of the President’s arrival and, for free, see the 1890 caboose, model train display, military rail collection and other artifacts.

Gettysburg Museum of History

This is a must-see stop for history buffs. The Gettysburg Museum of History touts itself as having one of the most extensive private collections of artifacts from the American Civil War, which include an authentic Civil War Confederate flag, a blood-stained floorboard from the house where Union General Sickles’ leg was amputated, a temporary grave marker, a Union Army uniform and much more. In addition to American Civil War artifacts, the museum has exhibits dedicated to World War I, World War II, US Presidents and pop culture.

Haunted Gettysburg

Nearly 5,000 horses and 50,000 men lay dead or dying at the end the historic Battle of Gettysburg, making it a prime spot for a spooky ghost tour. For over 100 years, the town has had several reports of paranormal activity, including the ghost of what appears to be Confederate General Robert E. Lee who mysteriously shows up in tourists’ photos. If you’re a ghost adventurer, we recommend you check out the Daniel Lady Farm, Cashtown Inn, Gettysburg Hotel and Baladerry Inn for more ghosts of Gettysburg.

Gettysburg Diorama

See the 800-square-foot model recreation of the Battle of Gettysburg -- the largest military diorama in the US. Located on Steinwehr Avenue, the Gettysburg Diorama represents over 6,000 acres of land, more than 20,000 hand painted soldiers, horses, cannons and buildings. The diorama is also narrated with light and sound effects.

Gettysburg National Cemetery

More than 3,500 Union soldiers killed in the Battle of Gettysburg were laid to rest in Gettysburg National Cemetery. Several monuments stand in both the cemetery and battlefield to commemorate the Union and Confederate troops who fought in the battle. On November 19, 1863, President Lincoln gave a 2-minute speech at the cemetery’s dedication ceremony. That speech was the famous Gettysburg Address.

Union Mills Homestead

Take a quick day trip 17 miles south of Gettysburg and visit Union Mills Homestead in Union Mills, MD. Once the home to 6 generations of the Shriver family, the Homestead was on one of the Maryland’s Civil War Trails and it was a stopping point for troops heading to Gettysburg. Guided tours of the Shriver Homestead and the Grist Mill are available to the public.

Jennie Wade House

The Jennie Wade House is dedicated to the memory of the only civilian killed in the Battle of Gettysburg. Jennie was kneading dough in the kitchen when a rifle bullet pierced the kitchen door and killed her. Visitors to the house will see authentic furnishings, the floorboard with the 20-year-old’s blood still on it and the bullet that was recovered from her body. The house is also part of Gettysburg’s haunted history.

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