Category: History and Heritage

End of Summer Gettysburg Bucket-List

August 2, 2018

Have you been to Gettysburg yet this summer? If not, now is your time! We’re on a mission to make the most of the end of this summer, and we invite you to Gettysburg to do the same! There are so many fun opportunities waiting for you in this historic, charming and scenic Pennsylvania town.

There is still time to make the summer of 2018 your best summer of experiences. View our end of summer Gettysburg bucket-list, and cross off as many things as you can. Download and print the bucket-list here, for bucket-list inspiration right in front of you!

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Which Gettysburg Civil War General are you?

June 21, 2018

When listening to Licensed Battlefield Guides and rangers talk about Civil War generals that fought in the Battle of Gettysburg or seeing their pictures in museums, it’s easy to forget that these generals were real people with normal lives before the Civil War. In fact, they might have been a lot like you. Their distinctive personalities guided them as they made tough calls during the three-day battle that took place in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Are you goal-oriented like General Robert E. Lee, strong and opinionated like General James Longstreet, or perhaps you’re short-tempered and brazen like General Daniel E. Sickles. Take this quiz ... Read This Story

Where to Find Living History in Gettysburg

May 24, 2018

One of the best ways to experience history is to watch it come alive right in front of you. Living historians, encampments and presentations are found throughout Gettysburg starting in spring and usually ending late fall. Dedicated re-enactors embody famous generals, common soldiers and civilians who will engage with spectators giving them a deeper understanding of history. We’ve put together a list of living history hot spots where there’s a good chance you’ll find your favorite Civil War general leading drills or a platoon winding down after a days battle in an encampment.

Gettysburg National Military Park

Gettysburg National Military Parks hosts ... Read This Story

The Irish Gettysburg: Whiskey, the Wheatfield and the Wolfhound

March 8, 2018

Irish pride is everywhere in Gettysburg, including the hallowed grounds of the Civil War battlefield where the famous Irish Brigade heroically charged across the Wheatfield and secured the Union line on July 2, 1863.

Tucked into the woods along Gettysburg National Military Park’s Sickle’s Avenue stands tall a Celtic cross, shadowing the Irish Wolfhound. The monument represents the valor of five regiments who, battered and beaten from engagements months prior in Antietam and Fredericksburg, triumphantly secured the Union line as part of Sickle’s army who just hours earlier pushed west toward Emmitsburg Road.

The story of the Irish Brigade is among the ... Read This Story

How well do you know Gettysburg’s women’s history?

February 28, 2018

The women of Gettysburg endured quite a few hardships during the summer of 1863 and for quite a few months following. With the men off to war, the women of Gettysburg pulled themselves up by the bootstraps and began putting their town back together. It is during the month of March we recognize the contributions of women to society and history, and without the women in Gettysburg, who knows what would have become of the town. Take this quiz to test your knowledge of women in Adams County throughout history. Good luck and don’t forget to share your results with ... Read This Story

The Look, the Legacy of Lincoln

February 15, 2018

James Hayney has a smile you’ll never forget. And if you want to get a peek of that ear-to-ear grin, just ask him about Abraham Lincoln.

If you listen to James talk, you’d think he’s had a life-long passion, even obsession, with the 16th President. But his love for Lincoln, sort of speak, only goes back about 15 years. It was then that the trained actor was asked to appear at a fundraiser dressed as Lincoln. As he looked in the mirror, he noticed a resemblance that will likely stick with him for the rest of his life.

As an actor, James ... Read This Story

The Stories of Gettysburg’s Black Citizens

February 1, 2018

The American Civil War left quite an impression on Gettysburg, even though our history touches on so many topics and time periods. We invite you to learn the stories of a very robust black community and the impact they made on Gettysburg. With the help of the Adams County Historical Society, we share with you a few stories from the past that will inspire you to learn more.

Christ Lutheran Church

Starting from the beginning, Sydney O’Brien was reportedly the first African American resident in the town of Gettysburg, having been owned by the town’s founders Samuel and James Gettys. Despite ... Read This Story

How well do you know Gettysburg’s Civil War history?

January 17, 2018

In the past 155 years, millions of visitors have walked the battlegrounds at Gettysburg, learning details and stories about the epic Civil War battle and reflecting on the poignant time in American history. Over that same time, thousands of books have been written, millions of artifacts have been archived and diary passages have been recited throughout the country – all in an effort to better understand this war.

So, we decided to put you to the test. Below are 15 trivia questions about the Battle of Gettysburg and the events that followed to test your knowledge about this momentous period in ... Read This Story

Don’t Miss these 10 Sunset Views in Gettysburg

November 2, 2017

Anyone who has been to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania will tell you that the sunsets here are sensational. They beautifully signify the end to a wonderful day of exploration and learning for visitors and locals alike. The biggest question then is, where to spend your evenings catching sight of this wonder while in our historic town? Not to worry – we have ten great spots for you to add to your list next time you are in Gettysburg.

Oak Ridge

Whether it be from ground level or atop the observation tower, viewing sunsets across the first day’s battlefield won’t disappoint. As the northern most ... Read This Story

Seven Secrets of the Gettysburg Battlefield

September 29, 2017

By Carl Whitehill – In my 10 years in Gettysburg, I’ve met some amazing folks – visitors, locals and Civil War experts alike – that astound me with their depth of knowledge about the Gettysburg National Military Park. I’ve even picked up an amazing amount of information in my travels around this great town and yet pick up new stories, new insight about this turning point in American history each time I take a tour or sit down and talk with a knowledgeable and passionate history buff. At the same time, it’s all-too-often that we drive through the battlefield, eyes ... Read This Story