Category: Reconnecting

My Gettysburg Address

November 14, 2018

In 2018, we are celebrating the 155th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. On Nov. 19, 1863, Abraham Lincoln delivered 272 words that not only helped dedicate Gettysburg’s Soldiers’ National Cemetery, his words gave a sense of hope and reunification to a town, and nation, that had been raged by war. His words, 155 years later, still resonate.

In the spirit of the anniversary, we asked you, our visitors – what do the words of the Gettysburg Address mean to you? What positive meaning can we draw from these words that is relevant to today? We received submissions from people from all over ... Read This Story

What kind of traveler are you?

July 26, 2018

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania offers such diverse experiences that draw a variety of travelers to the area. From foodies to history buffs, from outdoor lovers to the family traveler… there is a little bit of something for everyone. With so many options on things to do, we thought we’d help you narrow it down based on how you prefer to travel. Take this quiz to find out what kind of traveler you are, and based on your results, we’ll give you some recommendations on things to do while visiting the Gettysburg area.

And share with us in the comments below – what kind ... Read This Story

A Look Back at 2017 in Gettysburg – Year in Photos

December 28, 2017

2017 was a great year in Gettysburg! We experienced 100 Nights of Taps in Soldiers’ National Cemetery. We got a taste of the first annual Bounty of the County culinary event. We welcomed two new hotels – the Best Western and the Holiday Inn Express and Suites. And as always, the battlefield and countryside landscapes were beautiful to witness season after season. But the best part of 2017 was getting to see all of the amazing ways our visitors enjoyed Gettysburg through the photos and stories that you share on social media. Take a look back at 2017 with this video we compiled using your ... Read This Story

Celebrating a Centennial – A Look Back at the Gettysburg Battlefield

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

Celebrating a Centennial – Educating America’s Youth in Gettysburg, Pa.

April 6, 2016

By Carl Whitehill – Educating youth is an important component of the National Park Service’s centennial celebration, especially here in Gettysburg, Pa.

Gettysburg National Military Park hosts thousands of students every year – from families to student field trips and other youth groups. Sharing with these youth not only the details of the rich history here, but to convey the importance of what happened in this town and how it has affected America since then, is the primary focus for Barbara Sanders, Education Specialist for Gettysburg National Military Park.

Barbara, as well as a variety of park rangers in Gettysburg, often have ... 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

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

Creating family memories around the campfire

August 6, 2015

By Carl Whitehill – Decades ago, the word “camping” had a much different meaning to me than it does today. As a 12-year-old Boy Scout, camping was a weekend of bottomless canvas tents, under-cooked food prepared over an open fire and cold, wet socks. It was fun, you could say, but not as satisfying as my nice warm bed when I returned to my parent’s house a few days later.

Today, as a 40-year-old father of two boys, my standards are a bit different and while I still enjoy some of the outdoorsy nature of camping, it’s always nice to slip under the ... Read This Story

5 Fascinating Artifacts Found In Gettysburg

July 28, 2015

By Cory Runk – Have you ever wondered if Gettysburg houses artifacts that can’t be seen anywhere else? Artifacts so interesting that it gives you chills just listening to the story behind it? Historical items which the likes of President Lincoln, President Eisenhower, Thaddeus Stevens and many others have owned or used in their everyday life are located in Gettysburg – have you seen them?

I, too was wondering the same thing and decided to explore the town this summer to search for artifacts that can only be found here. Gettysburg is a treasure trove of interesting relics and with over 200 years of ... Read This Story

Seeking places of reflection, rejuvenation and reverence

April 21, 2015

By Carl Whitehill – Having moved around a lot after graduating from college, I get asked frequently whether I enjoy living in the Gettysburg area, especially since it seems as though I’ve finally settled down. I always respond the same way – that not only do I love living in the Gettysburg area, I enjoy the abundance of places – big and small – that are within close reach. The region itself is home to unique experiences that aren’t always within reach of people who live in other parts of the country.

Two of the more intriguing sites in the region are the ... Read This Story