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
April 19, 2017
By Carl Whitehill – I don’t really care for the smell of cabbage, so I’m not sure why I agreed to plunge my nose into a stalk of “skunk” cabbage that Lizzy Ryan held in front of my face.
Lizzy is the Assistant Education Coordinator at Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve near Fairfield, Pa. – just 20 minutes down the road from Downtown Gettysburg. We asked Lizzy to take us on a hike through just a portion of the preserve’s 600 acres as a way to discover the incredible wildlife and nature at Strawberry Hill.
Indeed, hiking is great exercise, but what distinguishes hiking ... Read This Story
March 29, 2017
As spring draws near in Adams County, Pa., we see the quaint town of Gettysburg and the neighboring areas preparing for a time of fruitfulness and beauty. Among other experiences, it signifies the beginning of outdoor adventures, live music overlooking breathtaking orchards and the opening of farm markets to purchase fresh locally-grown produce.
We prepared a list of some of these signature spring things to get excited about in Gettysburg.
Living History Weekends on the Battlefield
You always know that spring is upon us when the Living History Weekends begin on the Gettysburg Battlefield at the beginning of April. Confederate and Union living ... Read This Story
March 2, 2017
Families from around the country love Gettysburg and Adams County not just because it offers a one-of-a-kind educational experience, but because it also provides families with children of all ages with a wide variety of opportunities for fun, for exploration and for long-lasting memories.
There are so many fun and exciting ways to enjoy Gettysburg as a family, and we’ve compiled a list of 12 experiences that will make you want to pack up the car and take that family road trip this year.1. Land of Little Horses
We’ll start small – miniature even. Land of Little Horses is a place where ... Read This Story
February 2, 2017
If you’re tired of staying in and watching Netflix, sweep your significant other off their feet with one of these Gettysburg dates! These experiences are the ones that will bring you closer, and will create memories that you’ll be talking about for years to come.1. Go on a hike
Taking a scenic hike through the beautiful wooded trails at Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve will add an element of excitement to your relationship. Discover the wildlife in Adams County and enjoy the view!2. Take a ghost tour
Pull your loved one in close as you walk through the streets of haunted Gettysburg. Learn ... Read This Story
December 1, 2016
Most visitors think of Gettysburg as a summertime destination – the re-enactment, battlefield walk, the ice cream shops and a cold beer at a tavern looking out over Lincoln Square. But more and more visitors are seeing the winter months as the ideal season to spend a weekend in one of America’s most popular destinations.
Gettysburg features everything from winter recreation, shopping and dining, and a variety of events that help cure some of that cabin fever that strikes in after the holidays are over. Whether you’re an outdoor adventurer or a kick-back-and-relax kind of traveler, the winter in Gettysburg has ... Read This Story
July 14, 2016
By Paige Neidig – During every hike I take, I have this one notable moment of appreciation. It can happen at any time during my hike, but all at once I am hit with wonder, appreciation and gratitude for the life I’ve been given. Don’t get me wrong, I am often reminded of these things; but it is especially overwhelming in this one moment. Hiking reminds me that I am a part of something so much bigger than my own little world that I so often get caught up in. My life is connected to the trees, plants, wildlife, vegetation ... Read This Story
March 2, 2016
By Carl Whitehill – As we transition from winter into the warmer spring months, there’s nothing that my family enjoys more than lacing up our hiking boots and hitting the trails. It’s our way, I suppose, of finally breaking free of a life indoors and stretching our legs with Mother Nature.
My sons, ages 5 and 6, still prefer a walk in the woods over television, computers and video games and I want to foster that interest as much as I can.
Gettysburg is uniquely positioned between three state parks, several wildlife preserves and a beautiful 6,000-acre battlefield that attracts history buffs ... Read This Story
April 1, 2015
By Cory Runk – When spring hits, my body tells me it’s time to get outside and be active. Spring can often be a big tease when it hits 70 degrees one day and then snows the next morning. Despite the ever-changing “mood” of the spring weather, you can’t help but get excited because you know warmth is right around the corner. Everyone has their own way of enjoying the warmer days whether that’s going for long walks or preparing their garden for planting, but for me, it’s combining two of my favorite hobbies: photography and hiking.
Growing up, I loved ... Read This Story
March 5, 2014
By Carl Whitehill
Spring fever has kicked in, and at the tail-end of one of the worst winters to hit the Gettysburg region in the past few years, it’s time to start thinking about getting outdoors.
It’s so easy to think of Gettysburg as a battlefield, as a town steeped in Civil War history and chock-full of museums lining every street. And in many respects, it is. But it is more, and visitors are starting to explore these other opportunities during their stays.
Resoundingly, visitors remark about the beauty of the countryside in and around Gettysburg and how it becomes an amazing backdrop ... Read This Story