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George Spangler Farm & Field Hospital

Site

Closed for the season.

Living historian at the Spangler Farm and Field Hospital at Gettysburg

Just like being there: Living historians bring the story to life each summer weekend on the George Spangler Farm.

In July 1863, a thriving family farm was suddenly transformed as the Union 11th Corps converted the property to a field hospital for more than 1,900 wounded soldiers.

Today, the George Spangler Farm & Field Hospital stands as one of the best surviving examples of a corps-level field hospital used during the Battle of Gettysburg.

Meticulously renovated, the site features restored, original buildings from the 1863 battle to inspire and explore:

  • The stone farmhouse where George Spangler, his wife Elizabeth and four children lived. The family chose to remain during the battle and ongoing field hospital activities, with all six family members moved to just one room of their house.
  • The Pennsylvania bank barn served as the hospital where soldiers from both sides received care.
  • The summer kitchen used by the family during the warm Pennsylvania summers. Although records are unclear, the building is reportedly the spot where Confederate General Lewis A. Armistead died from wounds he received during Pickett’s Charge.

The site, with living history programming, is open to visitors Friday-Sunday in the summer months and accessible via shuttle from the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center.


Significance

Why visit the George Spangler Farm & Field Hospital?

Walk the grounds, hear the stories and feel the emotions of life–and death–at this historic site forever changed by battle.

Living historians provide insight and authentic accounts of experiences on the farm in July 1863:

  • A family forever altered as their farm suddenly transforms from home to hospital.
  • Surgeons and caregivers desperately providing for the wounded amid the chaos of battle.
  • Soldiers experiencing the horrors of war and the humanity of everyday citizens.
 

Story

A family farm.

A strategic location.

A battlefield hospital.

At A Glance

Allow at least 1.5 hours
Special accommodations necessary
Wheelchair accessible
Uneven terrain
Visit the ticket desk for information.
Indoor & Outdoor site - May be impacted by weather. Bring water, sun protection, insect repellent.
Living History encampments during the summer season
Only accessible via Shuttle Bus, Starting/Ending at the Museum & Visitor Center (MAP)
Free parking at Museum & Visitor Center lots

 

 

Living History

Step into 1863 with living historians and special programs.

Closed for the season.

Historic Sites

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.

Rupp House History Center

The 1863 home of the John Rupp family, the Rupp House History Center tells the story of civilian life during and after the Battle of Gettysburg.

 

Not just another museum, the free-to-visit Rupp House encourages families to explore, touch and learn through interactive displays and exhibits.

Gettysburg Soldiers' 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.

David Wills House

The home where President Lincoln stayed prior to delivering his Gettysburg Address, the David Wills House features a seven-gallery interactive museum relating the story of Wills, Lincoln’s visit and the Gettysburg Address.

Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad Station™

In 1863, enthusiastic crowds gathered outside the depot in hopes of catching a glimpse of the president upon his arrival to Gettysburg.

 

Walk in Lincoln’s footsteps in this free-to-visit museum featuring a self-guided tour with exhibits and artifacts relating to Lincoln and the railroad’s role in the history of Gettysburg.

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.