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Making the Most of Gettysburg in a Day

July 10, 2018

For most travelers, Gettysburg is a place that takes at least a few days to experience. Even then, it sometimes takes a trip back to fit in the rest. The historic town, the hallowed battlegrounds and scenic countryside all give visitors a unique look into this small Pennsylvania community.

But, sometimes, visitors can be short on time, and want to make the best of just a day in Gettysburg. It’s tough to determine what, however, to include in a day-trip. Check out the ideas below for how to spend one day in Gettysburg!

A Day for History Lovers

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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

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Eight Great Gettysburg Battlefield Hikes & Walks

April 5, 2018

There is an abundance of ways to tour Gettysburg National Military Park. Each place visitors at unique vantage points and provides different perspectives of the three-day battle throughout the 6,000-acre park.

But often it’s the pace that can make the biggest difference, and that’s no more noticeable than by tackling the hallowed grounds by foot. While there are trails at Gettysburg National Military Park that some would consider a good hike, much of the battlefield’s pedestrians pathways are more in line with walking than hiking.

Touring the battlefield by foot not only gives travelers an up-close look at where history happened, 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

10 Travel Tips for Your Vacation to Gettysburg

January 25, 2018

Your first trip to Gettysburg can often be full of questions… Where do I start? How long should I stay? Where should I eat? Gettysburg has so much to offer, and it can often be difficult to plan your trip if you haven’t traveled here before, or you haven’t visited since that 7th grade field trip you took when you were in school.

Destination Gettysburg is here to help! We asked our veteran Gettysburg visitors for their best Gettysburg travel advice. Check out their travel tips and suggestions.

1. “Start at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Explore the ... 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

Bring Gettysburg Home for the Holidays this Year

November 22, 2017

By Carl Whitehill – Yikes, believe it or not, the holiday season is here. Sure, some of you have been probably shopping for weeks, but for the rest of us, there are still people in our lives for which ideas don’t come easily. Before you frustratingly sort through the neckties or get your mother yet another purse, take a look at our list below. Gettysburg goes great under the tree!

 For the history buff in your life …

Whether you’ve never stepped foot in Gettysburg or you’re a seasoned visitor, most would agree there’s always a need for another battlefield tour, and ... Read This Story