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David Wills House

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The David Wills Story
David Wills was a prominent attorney and resident of Gettysburg. After the Battle of Gettysburg, Wills helped tend the wounded and lobbied for compensation for farmers and field owners who suffered property loses. He also solicited help in caring for the dead from Pennsylvania Governor Andrew Curtin, who designated Wills an agent of the state and delegated him to the task of properly burying the dead. The idea for creating a permanent national cemetery for the Union dead at Gettysburg was offered during a meeting at the Wills House. Governor Curtin approved the idea and gave Wills the authority to manage the construction of what would become Soldiers' National Cemetery. Wills invited President Abraham Lincoln to speak at the dedication of the cemetery and hosted Lincoln at his home in November 1863.

A Museum in Downtown Gettysburg
The David Wills House is a National Park Service museum in downtown Gettysburg that opened on Feb. 12, 2009 — the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday. The Wills House tells the story of David Wills, Lincoln and the Gettysburg Address. The museum features six galleries, including two rooms that have been restored to their 1863 appearance; Wills’ office, where he received letters from families seeking loved ones after the battle and began planning for the national cemetery; and the bedroom where Lincoln stayed and prepared to deliver the Gettysburg Address.

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Adult (ages 13+): $7
Seniors (ages 65+) and Military Personnel: $5.50
Youth (ages 6-12): $4
Child (ages 5 and younger): Free

Hours & Getting There

The David Wills House is located at 8 Lincoln Square in Gettysburg. Metered street parking and a self-parking garage located on Racehorse Alley are available. Leave your car at the Visitor Center and take the free shuttle from Freedom Transit! Shuttles pick up and drop off from the Flag Plaza at the Visitor center throughout the day. Find shuttle information here. Find shuttle information here.

January: Closed

February: President’s Day Weekend: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Last two weekends of February: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

March and April: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Closed Tuesdays)

May - August: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

September and October: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Closed Tuesdays)

November: Saturdays and Sundays – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., open Veterans Day and Nov. 18 and 19th

December: Saturdays and Sundays – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

More information here.