ALERT: The Taneytown Road Entrance to the Museum & Visitor Center will be closed for rehabilitation beginning Dec. 5, 2022. Detour information is available for entering the complex at the Baltimore Pike Entrance. Learn more.

ALERT: Little Round Top is now closed to all visitation for rehabilitation. Learn more.

George Spangler Farm & Field Hospital

Site

Currently Closed for the Season

Summer season of living history and programs returns June 2023.

Pennsylvania bank barn at 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 the best surviving example 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 both Union and Confederate soldiers received care.
  • The summer kitchen used by the family during the warm Pennsylvania summers. Records indicate this is the place where Confederate General Lewis A. Armistead died from wounds he received during Pickett’s Charge.

The site, with living history programming in summer, is open to visitors Friday-Sunday June 10 through August 14. Access and admission to the site is via timed shuttles departing the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center and timed shuttle tickets are included with the purchase of a ticket to the Museum & Visitor Center experiences or a Friends of Gettysburg membership.

Timed shuttle tickets are required for general admission and Friends complimentary admission to the historic site during the summer season. Timed shuttle tickets are available by phone, 877-874-2478, online or at the Ticket Counter inside the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center during the summer season. (reopens June 2023).

Free Family Days and special ticketed programs are offered on select dates throughout the spring, summer and autumn seasons.


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 and docents provide insight and 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

Timed shuttle tickets required.
Allow at least 1.5 hours
Free admission & shuttle tickets included with a Museum & Visitor Center ticket.

Single admission & shuttle tickets:
Adults $9.75
Youth (6-12) $4.75
Children (0-5) Free
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 historians on site and programming each weekend through Aug. 14.
Access to the historic site is via timed shuttles from the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center.

Timed shuttle tickets required.

Hours:

Open on Summer Weekends: Summer season of living history and programs returns June 2023.

Currently Closed - Open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022, for Fall Family Day at Spangler.

Civil War Field Hospitals

Go Prepared.

Learn more about Civil War medicine and medical techniques and go prepared for your next visit to the George Spangler Farm & Field Hospital.

 

Currently Closed for the Season

 

Open on select dates in September and October 2022 for events and special evening programs

 

Reopens for the summer season of living history and programming June 2023

 

Historic Sites

Eisenhower National Historic Site

Reopens for home tours in December 2022 for the holiday season and again in spring 2023. Schedule to be announced spring 2023.

 

Now open daily, sunrise to sunset, for self-guided tours of the property with limited on-site parking available.

 

Step into the weekend retreat and retirement home of President Dwight D. and Mamie Eisenhower, when open seasonally. With its original furnishings and décor, the home offers an intimate perspective of home life for the Eisenhowers in the 1950s.

A self-guided 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.

David Wills House

Best known as the home where President Lincoln stayed prior to delivering his Gettysburg Address, visit the David Wills House and explore the seven-gallery interactive National Park Service museum relating the story of the Wills family, Lincoln’s visit and the Gettysburg Address.

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.

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