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David Wills House

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The David Wills House

It’s best known as the house where President Abraham Lincoln stayed prior to delivering the Gettysburg Address. However, the home of attorney David Wills also served as a center for compassion and inspiration in the days and months following the Battle of Gettysburg.

Inside, Wills managed the immense task of providing proper burials for the fallen soldiers and began planning for the national cemetery.  On the eve of the cemetery dedication, President Lincoln spent the night in the Wills' home while adding the finishing touches to his inspirational address.

With the bedroom where Lincoln slept restored to its 1863 appearance, today’s David Wills House features a seven-gallery interactive museum relating the story of Wills, Lincoln’s visit and the Gettysburg Address.

 

Significance

Why visit the David Wills House?

From the devastation and despair of war to the hope and inspiration of Lincoln’s address, the events and actions following the Battle of Gettysburg often centered around the David Wills House.

  • More to the story: Discover unique artifacts and experience life in Gettysburg immediately after the battle.
  • From the office of the attorney: Step back into Wills’ recreated office where plans for the Soldiers’ National Cemetery originated.
  • Lincoln stayed here: Stand in the bedroom where Lincoln finalized his immortal Gettysburg Address. See the actual bed he slept in.
  • Power of the message: Gain a better understanding and appreciation for Lincoln’s brief, yet powerful, address at Gettysburg.
 

Story

A final resting place planned.

A presidential guest.

An immortal address.

At A Glance

Allow 45 minutes
Free admission
Wheelchair accessible
8 Lincoln Square, Gettysburg, PA 17325 (MAP)
Metered street parking and a self-parking garage located on Racehorse Alley (MAP)

Hours:

April 23 to May 29
Saturday & Sunday | 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

June 2 to August 14
Thursday-Sunday | 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

August 19 to November 19
Friday - Sunday | 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

The David Wills House is part of the National Park Service.

National Park Service website

Historic Sites

George Spangler Farm & Field Hospital

Walk the grounds, hear the stories and feel the emotions of life–and death–at this historic farm suddenly transformed into a field hospital. Living historians and docents provide insight and authentic accounts of experiences on the farm during the battle.

Eisenhower National Historic Site

Step into the weekend retreat and retirement home of President Dwight D. and Mamie Eisenhower. With its original furnishings and décor, the home offers an intimate perspective of home life for the Eisenhowers in the 1950s. A tour of the property includes the charming home, putting green, bountiful garden, entertainment patio, cattle barns and a skeet and trap shoot.

Gettysburg National Cemetery

Walk the hallowed grounds and take a moment to reflect on those who have given–and are willing to give–“the last full measure of devotion.” President Lincoln delivered his immortal Gettysburg Address in dedicating the cemetery as the final resting place for more than 3,500 Union soldiers.

Plan Your Visit to Gettysburg.

Whether you are visiting for the first time, or you return year-after-year, we can help you plan your visit.

AbsoluteURL: https://www.gettysburgfoundation.org/david-wills-house