Tag: heritage

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

Celebrating Fastnacht Day

February 8, 2018

By Jess Clevenger – There are many traditions that I’ve been introduced to since moving to Adams County three years ago, and one that I can most definitely get behind is Fastnacht Day. Fastnacht Day, which translates to ‘fast night’ or ‘night before the fast,’ is celebrated the day before Ash Wednesday, and is big in Adams County because of the heavy Pennsylvania Dutch influence of the area. Kids get treated to fastnachts in area schools, you can find fastnachts in grocery stores and many churches make large batches of fastnachts to celebrate.

I’ve never celebrated Fastnacht Day, but decided that this would ... 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

Wassail Punch – Honoring Adams County Apple Orchards

January 11, 2018

By Jess Clevenger – I recently came across a story about apple orchard wassailing and was instantly intrigued to learn more. I love hearing stories about traditions and customs of past generations and places, especially those associated with apple orchards. Apple orchard wassailing seemingly originated in cider-producing areas of England. Sometime in the winter months, most often in mid-January, a group of people would travel from orchard to orchard with their wassail punch. Traditional wassails would include singing, pot-banging, dancing, and believe it or not, placing a wassail-soaked piece of bread in the tree. The point of it all was to ... Read This Story

8 Places to get in the Holiday Spirit in Gettysburg

November 30, 2017

Shiny ornaments hanging from Christmas trees, bright lights strewn across rooftops, piney wreaths hanging on every door… there’s just something about the sights of the holidays that warms your heart and soul. Walk through the cozy town of Gettysburg during the holiday season, and you’ll be sure to get that feel good feeling. We’ve compiled a list of stops you’ll want to visit to get in the holiday spirit this year!

The Baladerry Inn

The Baladerry Inn is located on what used to be the historic Bushman Farm. It’s quiet, rural setting makes for the perfect peaceful getaway. During the holidays, it ... 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

Homeschool Field Trip to Gettysburg: 8 Spots You Don’t Want to Miss

August 24, 2017

It’s that time of year again when school starts up for children around the country, including the estimated 1.5 million homeschool students that not only get their first glimpses of their curriculum and homework assignments, but to plan field trips that bring their studies to life.

Gettysburg and the surrounding countryside is an amazing outdoor classroom. With the iconic Civil War battlefield, hands-on museums and tours, as well as a unique farming community, homeschool field trips to the region are an amazing way to learn about a variety of subjects.

As always, it’s hard to narrow down our favorites, but we’ve selected ... Read This Story

Fifteen Places Every History Buff Should Visit in Gettysburg

August 3, 2017

History is certainly everywhere in Gettysburg – through the streets, inside the buildings around town and out into the farm fields where war broke out more than 154 years ago. As one of the most visited historic destinations in America, Gettysburg attracts visitors from around the world to learn, to reflect and to remember those tragic three days in 1863.

But Gettysburg’s history doesn’t begin or end with the American Civil War. Today, the town remembers history of several eras – some that pre-date the epic battle, and others more modern.

At the same time, history buffs clamor to learn more, to ... Read This Story