Category: Family Connections

Homeschool Field Trip to Gettysburg: 8 Spots You Don’t Want to Miss

August 24, 2017

It’s that time of year again when school starts up for children around the country, including the estimated 1.5 million homeschool students that not only get their first glimpses of their curriculum and homework assignments, but to plan field trips that bring their studies to life.

Gettysburg and the surrounding countryside is an amazing outdoor classroom. With the iconic Civil War battlefield, hands-on museums and tours, as well as a unique farming community, homeschool field trips to the region are an amazing way to learn about a variety of subjects.

As always, it’s hard to narrow down our favorites, but we’ve selected ... Read This Story

Can’t-Miss Summer Festivals in Gettysburg

June 1, 2017

Festival season is upon us, and the Gettysburg area is delivering this summer with so many festivals to enjoy. We’ve rounded up a list of ones that can’t be missed – there’s something for everyone on this exciting list of summer festivals.

Gettysburg Brass Band Festival – June 8-10

Brass bands from across the Mid-Atlantic come together in Gettysburg for three days of musical fun for Gettysburg’s Brass Band Festival. Throughout the weekend at various locations in town, the brass bands perform their best tunes for all to enjoy. Take in the music for an hour, a day or even the entire weekend. ... Read This Story

Bridging the Gap between Past and Present

January 12, 2017

By Carl Whitehill – I’m not exactly sure who David R. Whitehill is, but I’m a few steps closer to finding out.

I spent some time recently in the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center’s Resource Room – a digital library of sorts that provides visitors to Gettysburg with a few different tools to research Civil War history, especially that of family members. While the Resource Room has existed since the Visitor Center opened in 2008, the Gettysburg Foundation has recently partnered with Ancestry.com to bolster the library’s capabilities of linking military data with family history.

Gettysburg is all about ... Read This Story

Beating the Summer Heat in Gettysburg, Pa.

July 22, 2016

By Carl Whitehill – The summer season is a great time for a Gettysburg roadtrip, but if you’re worried about the temperatures, this town has a variety of ways for visitors to cool down and chill out. Visitors may even find themselves exploring parts of the destination they would have never considered.

Start by planning your day accordingly. Sure, by mid-afternoon temperatures may be a bit uncomfortable at times, but schedule that wake-up call at the hotel a little earlier than usual and head outdoors before the heat sets in. You may even catch that sunrise you’ve always wanted to see.

Get ... Read This Story

Cooking Up New Culinary Skills on the Farm

March 11, 2016

By Paige Neidig – I’ve been recruited to bake a Braided Italian Easter Bread for our family’s Easter dinner this year. A month ago, I never would have been up for the job. As a young adult fresh out of college, my culinary skills are a work in progress. I confess, my “cooking” in college consisted of throwing together sandwiches, salads and scrambled eggs. It was time to step up my culinary game and learn how to make something a little more complex.

The countryside surrounding Gettysburg is lined with thousands of acres of apple, peach and other fruit trees making it ... Read This Story

Take a hike! Our Top 5 Favorites near Gettysburg, Pa.

March 2, 2016

 

By Carl Whitehill – As we transition from winter into the warmer spring months, there’s nothing that my family enjoys more than lacing up our hiking boots and hitting the trails. It’s our way, I suppose, of finally breaking free of a life indoors and stretching our legs with Mother Nature.

My sons, ages 5 and 6, still prefer a walk in the woods over television, computers and video games and I want to foster that interest as much as I can.

Gettysburg is uniquely positioned between three state parks, several wildlife preserves and a beautiful 6,000-acre battlefield that attracts history buffs ... Read This Story

Rediscovering Gettysburg

February 19, 2016

By Paige Neidig – Imagine carrying the same energy and enthusiasm you had for something as a child into your adult life. As a child you look at everything with curiosity and wide-eyes. Your life is centered upon exploring and discovering new things. This is exactly what I get to do every day working in Gettysburg, Pa.

I’ve been employed at Destination Gettysburg for a little over a month now. It’s still surreal to me. I grew up less than 30 miles away from Gettysburg, Pa. in small-town Wellsville, Pa. I wasn’t your typical kid growing up. Instead of watching TV, I ... Read This Story

Ten Ways to Make 2016 the Year to Visit Gettysburg, Pa.

January 8, 2016

By Carl Whitehill – So you think you know Gettysburg, do you? This is our challenge to you – to experience Gettysburg in a brand new way in 2016. Create some new memories this year with a getaway that brings you closer to not only our iconic history, but with the food, the culture and the people that make this town such an amazing place. We encourage you to try something new, bring someone new and leave with something new. Let this be your year in Gettysburg!

 

1. Try Something New We know that many of Gettysburg’s visitors love their traditions, but ... Read This Story

Christmas with Gettysburg’s First Family

December 17, 2015

By Carl Whitehill – In many ways, the Gettysburg home of Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower isn’t much different than that of you and I. The Eisenhowers were known to be rather modest with their home, even as the 34th President and family celebrated the holiday season every year.

Staff at the Eisenhower National Historic Site (ENHS) let us in on a few of the holiday traditions of Gettysburg’s first family – from the decorations to the guests that would visit the presidential retreat during the season.

Even though the Eisenhower couple planned to spend their first Christmas holiday in 1955, Ike was ... Read This Story

Lose Yourself this Fall at Fields of Adventure

September 30, 2015

Northern Adams County, with its many apple orchards and forested hillsides, is a fantastic area to lose yourself for a day or two, especially in the fall. The winding roads take you through breathtaking valleys, past brimming apple orchards, and, if you plan it right, to Fields of Adventure.

Fields of Adventure is entering their sixth season of entertaining visitors at Smithfield Farms, a few miles from Biglerville, and just north of the Civil War battlefield in Gettysburg. Looking for a bit of family adventure, my wife, 1-year old son, and I decided to add Fields of Adventure to our fall explorations of ... Read This Story