George Spangler Farm & Field Hospital

Site

Currently Closed for the Season

Family Day at Spangler kicks off the season Memorial Day weekend on Saturday, May 28, 2022.

Summer weekends with living history and programming begin June 10-12 through Aug. 12-14, 2022.

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 through mid-August. Admission to the site is included with the purchase of a ticket to the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center programs and access to the site is free for Friends of Gettysburg members.

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

Free admission included with the purchase of a Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center ticket
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 historians on site each weekend throughout the summer.
Access to the historic site is via shuttle from the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center.

Hours:

Summer Weekends

June 10 - August 14, 2022

Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays

10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m

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.

 

Summer 2022 Season opens Friday-Sunday, June 10-12 through Aug. 12-14

 

Historic Sites

Eisenhower National Historic Site

Eisenhower home currently closed. Grounds open sunrise to sunset with limited parking and self-guided tours daily.

 

Eisenhower home reopens for tours beginning May 27, 2022, Thursdays through Mondays, 10 a.m-4 p.m. Shuttles depart the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center each hour from 9:30 a.m. (10:30 a.m. on May 27) with the last shuttle at 3:30 p.m. ​

 

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.

David Wills House

Reopens Saturday, April 23, 2022, Saturdays and Sundays, 1 until 5 p.m.

Beginning Thursday, June 2, 2022, hours will expand to Thursdays through Sundays, 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Best known as 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.

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/george-spangler-farm