Tag: history

10 Ways you know you’re from Adams County

May 3, 2017

By Stacey Fox – If you’re from Adams County, Pennsylvania, or have lived here for most of your life, there are a few things that you know to be true. We love our farmlands, we love our history and we love our heritage. Check out our list of ways you know you were born and raised in Adams County.

1. You know spring has arrived by the fruit blossoms.

Cherries, peaches, apricots, plums and of course, apples, are abundant in Adams County. Spring officially arrives when each blossom has bloomed. If you happen to be from the northern parts of Adams County, ... Read This Story

12 Family-Friendly Attractions in Gettysburg

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

Mamie’s Million Dollar Fudge

February 9, 2017

By Jess Clevenger – One piece of Gettysburg’s rich history that especially interests me is the time that President Dwight D. Eisenhower and first lady Mamie Eisenhower spent living here. I feel so fortunate to have visited the Eisenhower National Historic Site twice, getting the experience of viewing the home and farm of the former first couple and hearing many enlightening stories about the Eisenhowers from the knowledgeable staff that works there.

Touring and being able to stand in the place that Dwight and Mamie called home feels surreal; it’s like getting a peak at the normalcy of a former president ... Read This Story

Eight Great Gettysburg Dates!

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

Bridging the Gap between Past and Present

January 12, 2017

By Carl Whitehill – I’m not exactly sure who David R. Whitehill is, but I’m a few steps closer to finding out.

I spent some time recently in the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center’s Resource Room – a digital library of sorts that provides visitors to Gettysburg with a few different tools to research Civil War history, especially that of family members. While the Resource Room has existed since the Visitor Center opened in 2008, the Gettysburg Foundation has recently partnered with Ancestry.com to bolster the library’s capabilities of linking military data with family history.

Gettysburg is all about ... Read This Story

8 Things to Do in Gettysburg this Winter

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

Dr. Lisa Chu, Half Moon Bay California – My Gettysburg

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

All Aboard in Gettysburg, Pa.

August 12, 2016

By Paige Neidig – The history of Gettysburg, Pa., runs deep through the town. Also running through this small historic town is a distinguished railroad story, dating back to just a few years prior to the epic Civil War battle that stormed Gettysburg in 1863.

Much of Abraham Lincoln’s story, in fact, centers around the railroad and his journey to deliver the Gettysburg Address. And while the tale of the 16th president writing the speech on the back on an envelope on the way to Gettysburg is not true, his train ride and arrival in Gettysburg to the sights and sounds ... Read This Story

Beating the Summer Heat in Gettysburg, Pa.

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

Alonzo Cushing: A Story of Honor

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