Gettysburg, PA, Guide and Information


Welcome to Gettysburg

Nestled amidst the rolling hills of Pennsylvania, Gettysburg stands as a hallowed destination steeped in history and brimming with charm. This small town is forever etched in the annals of American history, serving as the site of one of the most pivotal battles of the Civil War. Today, Gettysburg welcomes visitors from near and far, offering a unique blend of historical significance, cultural experiences, and picturesque landscapes.

History comes alive in Gettysburg, where the echoes of the past can still be felt. The Gettysburg National Military Park stands as a solemn testament to the Battle of Gettysburg, where a fierce clash between Union and Confederate forces took place in 1863. Explore the meticulously preserved battlefield, tracing the footsteps of soldiers and learning about the events that unfolded during those fateful days. Visit the Gettysburg National Cemetery, where Abraham Lincoln delivered his iconic Gettysburg Address, paying tribute to the fallen soldiers and honoring their sacrifice.

Beyond its historical significance, Gettysburg exudes small-town charm and offers a wealth of cultural attractions. Take a leisurely stroll along the streets of downtown Gettysburg, lined with quaint shops, art galleries, and cozy cafes. Immerse yourself in the local arts scene by visiting the Majestic Theater, hosting a variety of performances ranging from Broadway shows to live music concerts.

Nature enthusiasts will find solace in the picturesque landscapes that surround Gettysburg. Explore the serene countryside, dotted with idyllic farms and wineries. Hike through the beautiful Catoctin Mountain Park or embark on a scenic drive along the charming Pennsylvania countryside, reveling in the beauty of changing seasons.

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, invites visitors to step back in time, embrace its rich history, and experience the warmth of its local community. With its poignant landmarks, cultural offerings, and natural beauty, Gettysburg stands as a destination that both educates and captivates, leaving a lasting impression on all who visit.

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Taking a Break from History

Visiting Gettysburg is by no means a one-day affair. The town has done a fine job of developing its tourism by not only showcasing American history in so many different ways but also by featuring the other fine attributes of the region. The countryside surrounding Gettysburg proper lends itself to all kinds of outings. It’s sweet, bucolic and full of down-home goodness to experience and in many cases, eat and drink.

“A” is for Arendtsville and it’s also for apple, of which you will find many in this borough northwest of Gettysburg (as well as in the whole region). They even have an apple festival in the fall. Just driving through this rural part of Pennsylvania is a delight although reserve time to stop at the many farm stands and markets where you can buy not only apples but all kinds of other produce, prepared foods, baked goods and gift items. At the McDannell’s Fruit Farm & Market you might find some of the best apple cider donuts in the region.

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Historically Gettysburg

How do you begin to wrap your head around all the amazing history that is Gettysburg, Pennsylvania? That’s a good question to ponder before your set out for this exciting destination in south central Pennsylvania. Truly a bastion of history, there’s much to delve into in this town of about 10,000 inhabitants and also within the outlying area.

First, let’s start with the main events that took place here. One of the biggest and bloodiest battles of the Civil War was fought in fields and on hillsides outside of the town of Gettysburg between July 1 and 3, 1863. At first the Confederate Army, commanded by Robert E. Lee, experienced some success but they were ultimately defeated by the Army of the Potomac, lead by George G. Meade. Already you can tell it was a battle hard fought. Lee withdrew and retreated to the other side of the Potomac River. Later President Abraham Lincoln criticized Meade for not desecrating Lee’s army. A combined total–from both the Confederate and Union sides–of 50,000 casualties were left in the wake of this wretched battle. Thousands of horses, too. The people of Gettysburg cared for the wounded and buried the dead in what is now Gettysburg National Cemetery. Wow, such courageous people to have dealt with such a situation! Certainly the descendants of these brave folks and the people of Gettysburg today possess a certain tenacity (and hopefully, faith) that translates into many aspects of their lives.

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