Category: The 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
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
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
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
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
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!
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April 25, 2016
By Kristi Cramer – Born and raised in Gettysburg, I haven’t always appreciated this majestic area as I should have been. As a kid growing up in a Civil War town, I knew what transpired here in July 1863, but I couldn’t grasp the role that those three days played in our nation’s history.
Now, several (many more than I care to admit) years later, I find myself working in a field that allows me to share my hometown with visitors from across the world and realize just how fortunate I really am.
I have two children of my own, Jayden (11) and Madison (9), ... Read This Story
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
January 29, 2016
By Carl Whitehill – This year marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, a program that for a century has preserved and interpreted natural and cultural landscapes throughout the United States.
In Gettysburg, Pa., the National Park Service has protected much of the region’s most hallowed grounds – from the nationally renowned Gettysburg National Military Park and Soldiers’ National Cemetery to individual historic sites such as the Eisenhower National Historic Site, the David Wills House and the Gettysburg Lincoln Train Station.
Over the past 100 years, the National Park Service has created that ever-important sense of place for tens of ... Read This Story
June 19, 2015
By Lynneah Smith – Every year around this time, as the sun-shining days grow longer and the cool night’s breeze whispers in the dark, friends and families gather together in celebration of the season. It is a time for reconnecting with loved ones, relishing the outdoors and the plentiful activities that abound in the summer. It is a time for reminiscing of experiences past and creating newfound memories to last a lifetime. The historic town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, embraces the camaraderie of summer-time fun and is the ideal place for both locals and visitors to enjoy all that this charming ... Read This Story