Eisenhower National Historic Site
Visitors to Gettysburg National Military Park can also learn about the life of our country’s 34th president and 1950s-era America at Eisenhower National Historic Site, President Dwight D. and Mamie Eisenhower’s residence and 189-acre farm outside of Gettysburg, which adjoins Gettysburg National Military Park near Pitzer Woods and Warfield Ridge.
President Eisenhower’s connection to Gettysburg began in 1915, when he visited the area with his West Point class. In 1918, Eisenhower served at Camp Colt, which was located on the field where Pickett’s Charge and the Great Reunion of 1913 took place. Here he trained soldiers for the United States Army’s Tank Corps during World War I.
The Eisenhowers purchased the farm in 1950. However they wouldn’t take up permanent residence there until after Eisenhower served as Supreme Commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization forces in Europe during World War II and the 34th president of the United States. In 1961, Eisenhower retired to his Gettysburg farm where he and Mamie both lived until their deaths.
In 1967, the Eisenhowers gifted their farm to the federal government, which designated it a National Historic Site that was then authorized by an act of Congress in 1969. The National Park Service opened the site to the public in 1980.
Access to the site is by shuttle bus only, which departs on a regular schedule from the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. See Ticket Prices & Packages for costs, discounts and to purchase tickets. Visitors with special needs should inquire at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center for special arrangements for visiting Eisenhower National Historic Site.
Allow at least 90 minutes to two hours for the self-guided tour of the home and grounds. The house retains nearly all of its original furnishings and offers a look at the life and times of Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower. A tour of the farm grounds includes gardens, teahouse, skeet range, barn, show barn, putting green and more. A Reception Center at the site offers additional Eisenhower-related exhibits and a bookstore. Ranger programs are offered at the site seasonally. Families with children can participate in the Junior Secret Service Agent program.