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   One of the best-known and most studied battlefields in the world is visited by well more than a million people a year, so expect crowds and traffic in the peak season. Many believe the three-day battle here July 1–3, 1863, decided the outcome of the war. This beautiful park offers a driving tour that covers some of the best-known areas of the battlefield including Little Round Top, Cemetery Ridge, Pickett's Charge and Culp's Hill. Abraham Lincoln dedicated the National Cemetery here.

Museum and Visitor Center
1195 Baltimore Pike
(between Baltimore Pike and Taneytown Road)
717-334-1124 extension 8023, nps.gov/gett
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   One of the best-known and most studied battlefields in the world is visited by well more than a million people a year, so expect crowds and traffic in the peak season. Many believe the three-day battle here July 1–3, 1863, decided the outcome of the war. This beautiful park offers a driving tour that covers some of the best-known areas of the battlefield including Little Round Top, Cemetery Ridge, Pickett's Charge and Culp's Hill. Abraham Lincoln dedicated the National Cemetery here.
   The visitor center offers free ranger help, a schedule of tours and park maps. A fee is charged for the excellent museum, a film and the famous Gettysburg Cyclorama painting.
   Visitor center open 8 am–6 pm April–October (closes one hour earlier other times). The park roads are open 6 am–10 pm April–October (close at 7 pm other times). Admission to the visitor center and the battlefield is free. A combination ticket for the museum, Cyclorama and film is $12.50 per adult.


Gettysburg, the Town

destinationgettysburg.com
    This small town, subject of such terror and turmoil in 1863, has become part museum and part amusement park, thanks to its history. Some of the attractions ofthe town are of high quality, some are not. All suit someone's taste. Many are geared for kids.

    A good Gettysburg Civil War Walking Tour brochure and a free town tour app for the iPhone are available from Destination Gettysburg.
   Several companies offer guided walking tours of the town. Stop at the town visitor center in the historic railroad station, 35 Carlisle St, or see destinationgettysburg.com for more information.

CupolaSeminary Ridge Museum
111 Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg PA 17325
717-339-1300
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   Located in one of the historic Lutheran Theological Seminary buildings this museum is devoted to the story of the first day of the battle, the site's use as a hospital and the history of the Seminary. The building is most famous for its role as observation post for Union Gen. John Buford as he tracked the coming Confederate attack from the cupola.
   Open daily 10 am–5 pm (March–October). Open Friday–Monday (December–March). Museum only $9/adult; $29/adult with Cupola tour.

Lee's Headquarters
401 Buford Ave, Gettysburg PA 17325
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   The Mary Thompson Home on Seminary Ridge, site of Lee's headquarters during much of the battle, has been restored to its wartime appearance. The four-acre site includes an interpreted walking trail with signs describing the history of the home, the July 1 action here and other related topics. Free.

David Wills House
8 Lincoln Square, Gettysburg PA 17325
717-338-1243
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   Abraham Lincoln was a guest in this house the night before he delivered the Gettysburg Address, dedicating the national cemetery here. Wills's home was a focal point of the cleanup following the devastation of the 1863 battle. The second-floor "Lincoln" room has been restored, and seven museum galleries describe the town's recovery following the battle.
   Open 10 am–5 pm daily (May–August) Shortened hours and closed Tuesdays spring and fall. See website or call for details. $6.50/adult.

The Rupp House History Center
451 Baltimore St, Gettysburg PA 17325
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    Excellent exhibits connect the fighting in town and the civilian experience with the battlefield. Creative displays highlight each day of the battle and the aftermath. A short audio-visual presentation sets the stage followed by examples of the sights and even the smells of the time. The 1868 home was built on the foundation of the war-time residence of John and Caroline Rupp. The Center is the home base of the Friends of the Parks at Gettysburg. Free, donations welcome. Open weekends May–September.

Shriver House
309 Baltimore St, Gettysburg PA 17325
717-337-2800
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   Tours of the restored 1860 home of George and Henrietta Schriver tell the story of how the family and their neighbors survived the battle. Highlight is a Confederate sniper nest in the attic.
   Open 10 am–5 pm Sunday–Thursday, 10 am–6 pm Friday & Saturday (April–October) also open in November with shortened hours. Candlelight tours in December. Closed January–February.$8.95/adult.

DepotThe Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad Station
35 Carlisle St,
Gettysburg PA 17325
717-334-0655
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    Abraham Lincoln arrived at this 1859 station about 6 pm, Nov. 18. 1863 — the day before he delivered his famous address. Exhibits in the station tell that story and describe the station’s role during and following the battle. The building was among the first hospitals and was a busy place serving the wounded (transporting nearly 15,000) and the town when rail service was restored a week after the fighting ended.
   Open daily 10 am–5 pm Memorial Day–Labor Day. Open Friday–Sunday March–May, September–October.


Gettysburg area

Cashtown

Cashtown Inn
1325 Old Route 30, Cashtown PA 17310 (west of Gettysburg)
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717-334-9722
   Civil War Trails sign on the grounds of this early 19th-century building describes a meeting between Confederate Gens. Robert E. Lee and A.P. Hill as they listened to the sounds of a growing battle near Gettysburg. Confederate troops coming from Chambersburg passed by here en route to the battle. The Cashtown Inn is currently a restaurant and bed and breakfast.

Littlestown

Littlestown
Trails sign across from the town hall, 10 S Queen St, Littlestown PA 17340
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    Union cavalry arrived in the area the night of June 29. 1863 while feeling for the Confederate army. Union infantry camped in the nearby fields the night after as they marched north toward Gettysburg. Local citizens welcomed the soldiers (about 30,000 passed through town) with cheers and food, lifting the army’s morale.

Fairfield

Fairfield
Trails sign at the Fairfield Inn, 15 W Main St, Fairfield PA 17320
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    On July 4-5, 1863, most of the Confederate army retreated from the Gettysburg battlefield through Fairfield. They left sick and wounded soldiers in their wake. Prior to the battle, the town was the stage for a sharp cavalry battle fought July 3 as the much bigger battle raged nearby.

Waynesboro

Monterey Pass Battlefield Park/Museum
14325 Buchanan Trail East, Waynesboro PA 17268
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    The park and museum commemorate the dramatic July 4-5, 1863 battle fought as Robert E. Lee's troops, wagon trains and wounded retreated from the Gettysburg battlefield. The battle, fought in a nighttime thunderstorm at this remote South Mountain pass, resulted in the capture of more than 1300 Confederates and the destruction or capture of dozens of wagons.
    Park open 8 am-dusk. Museum open weekends 10 am-4 pm (mid April-Nov 19).


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