Special Historic Sites
George Spangler Farm
The best surviving example of a farm used as a corps field hospital during the battle of Gettysburg where upwards of 1,900 men were treated for wounds both minor and fatal and Confederate Brig. Gen. Lewis A. Armistead died. Spangler Farm is an on-going restoration project and is closed for the season, to reopen Summer 2015. There is no parking on site, but a free, ticketed shuttle is available from the Visitor Center.
Eisenhower National Historic Site
The weekend retreat and retirement home of President Dwight D. and Mamie Eisenhower. Admission is ticketed, and access is by shuttle bus 362 days a year. Special programs include Junior Secret Service Agent, WWII Weekend, and Eisenhower Academy for teachers.
David Wills House
On the square in downtown Gettysburg, the Wills House was where Abraham Lincoln stayed the night before delivering his Gettysburg Address. The Wills House Museum tells the story of the aftermath of the battle, as David Wills was instrumental in the care of soldiers, the cleanup and creating the Soldiers’ National Cemetery.
On Baltimore Pike in downtown Gettysburg, Rupp House is the historic home of the Friends of Gettysburg. The first floor houses interactive and hands-on exhibits that tell the story of soldiers during the battle and what life was like for civilians. Admission to the museum is free.
Soldiers’ National Cemetery
Gettysburg National Cemetery is one of 14 national cemeteries managed by the National Park Service and the final resting place for more than 3,500 Union soldiers killed in the Battle of Gettysburg. Landscape architect William Saunders designed the cemetery as a wide semi-circle, radiating from a central point to be decorated with a grand monument. The cemetery’s sections were divided by state — smaller states closest to the monument and larger states along the outer radius. At the cemetery’s dedication on November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered “a few appropriate remarks” that would become known as the Gettysburg Address.