Category: History and Heritage
March 29, 2017
As spring draws near in Adams County, Pa., we see the quaint town of Gettysburg and the neighboring areas preparing for a time of fruitfulness and beauty. Among other experiences, it signifies the beginning of outdoor adventures, live music overlooking breathtaking orchards and the opening of farm markets to purchase fresh locally-grown produce.
We prepared a list of some of these signature spring things to get excited about in Gettysburg.
Living History Weekends on the Battlefield
You always know that spring is upon us when the Living History Weekends begin on the Gettysburg Battlefield at the beginning of April. Confederate and Union living ... Read This Story
February 9, 2017
By Jess Clevenger – One piece of Gettysburg’s rich history that especially interests me is the time that President Dwight D. Eisenhower and first lady Mamie Eisenhower spent living here. I feel so fortunate to have visited the Eisenhower National Historic Site twice, getting the experience of viewing the home and farm of the former first couple and hearing many enlightening stories about the Eisenhowers from the knowledgeable staff that works there.
Touring and being able to stand in the place that Dwight and Mamie called home feels surreal; it’s like getting a peak at the normalcy of a former president ... Read This Story
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
October 25, 2016
By Carl Whitehill – Meet Dr. Lisa Chu, a sketch and watercolor artist who spent a month in Gettysburg earlier this fall documenting her visit through her drawings, paintings and daily journals. Lisa was visiting the Gettysburg area as part of her own “artist-in-residence” program, a way for her to celebrate the National Park system during this centennial anniversary.
For one month, Lisa toured the Gettysburg battlefield, the Adams County countryside and dove deep into the power of this place. She embraced the land, the people and the history that makes this region so special. Reigning from Half Moon Bay, California, ... Read This Story
August 12, 2016
By Paige Neidig – The history of Gettysburg, Pa., runs deep through the town. Also running through this small historic town is a distinguished railroad story, dating back to just a few years prior to the epic Civil War battle that stormed Gettysburg in 1863.
Much of Abraham Lincoln’s story, in fact, centers around the railroad and his journey to deliver the Gettysburg Address. And while the tale of the 16th president writing the speech on the back on an envelope on the way to Gettysburg is not true, his train ride and arrival in Gettysburg to the sights and sounds ... Read This Story
July 8, 2016
By Carl Whitehill – The Gettysburg battlefield is rich with history. Each of the approximate 165,000 soldiers who arrived in this small town to wage the largest battle on the continent has their own story. You hear names like Lee, Meade, Hancock, Chamberlain and Pickett, but the bravery and tragedy reaches far beyond the well-known war heroes.
Standing just waist-high amongst the hallowed plot of land commonly called the “Highwater Mark” or “The Angle” stands a simple monument to a soldier few people recognize in the un-ending abundance of books, documentaries and stories told about this epic battle.
It’s a simple memorial ... Read This Story
July 1, 2016
By Donna White – Many days as I leave work, I pass a line of Segways headed up to Seminary Ridge. I always thought how nice and relaxing it looks to be out on a gorgeous day feeling the breeze in your face, enjoying the beautiful landscape and learning more about the history of our town. I finally had the opportunity and was able to share it with two of my co-workers, which just made the experience more memorable.
Kristi, Nicole and I arrived at SegTours of Gettysburg on a beautiful sunny day excited and apprehensive all at the same time. ... Read This Story
June 17, 2016
By Carl Whitehill – The Gettysburg National Military Park is one of America’s most visited landmarks – bringing more than a million visitors annually. For most Americans, the battlefield is part of the same conversations as the Liberty Bell, Statue of Liberty, Pearl Harbor and other historic sites.
But at the same time, as we celebrate the centennial anniversary of the National Park Service, Gettysburg is often spoken alongside such National Park giants as Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon and Yosemite.
Gettysburg National Military Park not only tells the history of the battle and the soldiers who fought here, but has a history all ... Read This Story
June 3, 2016
By Brenda Staub – I was born in Gettysburg, Pa., in 1953, the daughter of hard-working dairy farmers on a farm located next to the battlefield, where on occasion, we would find Civil War relics when working the ground. My father’s love of the land was extraordinary. He lived to sow and harvest the crops together with the dairy operation. He, along with my mother, put their heart and soul into it. As a child, I knew living next to the Gettysburg battlefield was very special, but not quite how special. Growing up in Gettysburg, I did not really appreciate ... Read This Story
May 23, 2016
By Paige Neidig – Not all vacations have to be about pigging out and putting your feet up. I enjoy trips that leave me feeling energized all around – in mind, in body and in soul. This seems to be a trend among travelers today. Achieving this overall state of wellness provides the focus, motivation and vigor to face whatever comes next in your return to “reality.” I can tell you first-hand that a vacation in Gettysburg will allow you to achieve that overall state of wellness. Working in Gettysburg every day, I know just how to do it!
Energize Your ... Read This Story