Visitors to the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center can explore the George Spangler Farm & Field Hospital throughout the 2022 summer season. The historic site will be open for visitors Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, on the anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg and on Independence Day from 10 a.m. until 3:20 p.m. The summer season of living history and programs runs through Sunday, Aug 14, 2022.
Visitors to the historic site can interact with living historians and learn about Civil War medicine, medical techniques, the role of surgeons and caregivers, soldiers’ experiences, the humanity of citizens, the Spangler family and the role of civilians during and after the battle. Docents are available for questions. Civil War era encampments are set up on-site. Living historians from across the U.S. camp at the site and provide guests a glimpse of what happened here in 1863.
July 2022 Program Schedule: Friday – Sunday and Monday, July 4
- 11:15 - 11:45 a.m. The Spangler Farm in 1863
- 2:00 - 2:45 p.m. An Army Field Hospital: The George Spangler Farm
Sunday Special Programming
Each Sunday throughout the summer season, Historic Gettysburg-Adams County (HGAC) will be on-site. HGAC interprets the design, construction and use of the stunning expression of an iconic, vernacular architectural form—the Pennsylvania Bank Barn. Representatives of HGAC discuss the George Spangler Farm’s restoration in the past decade—from a dilapidated structure in danger of collapse to a visage of its original glory—that revived this important, tangible component of American history.
July 2022 Living History Schedule
July 1-4: A Special Battle Anniversary Encampment
- Civil War Historical Impressions: A special Battle of Gettysburg anniversary encampment with a significant presence of living historians will set the scene and fill the historic site with a wide range of programming, demonstrations and first-person impressions. Visitors can experience and visualize many aspects of the events surrounding the American Civil War. See Union and Confederate soldiers, generals, surgeons, embalmers, tintypes and more. A Confederate field hospital portrays surgeon Hunter McGuire. Guests can walk the grounds of the site, explore the encampments, interact with the living historians and experience history come alive.
- We the People Living History Association: Non-profit living historians group depicts civilian life in support of the war effort during the Civil War with an emphasis on the United States Sanitary Commission.
- 105th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry: Living historians portray a regiment in the Army of the Potomac Third Corps, which fought at Gettysburg on July 2, 1863, in the Peach Orchard along the Emmitsburg Road. Living historians display a Civil War encampment and soldier’s equipment with pieces such as muskets, canteens and hats.
- Detachment U.S. Engineers: A nationally recognized living history organization depicts military engineering and demonstrates engineering aspects and support operations.
- Reynolds Battery: Blacksmiths demonstrate techniques of drawing, upsetting, bending, twisting, punching and double striking as used during the Civil War to repair Artillery and Cavalry equipment, using a replica (1849) traveling blacksmith forge. A large group of living historians display a 3" ordinance rifle (cannon) and portray camp life with a cook, leather worker/harness maker, medical staff with equipment, wounded soldiers, drummer with music, a Confederate grave digger and a carpenter.
- The Healing: Conversations Between Nurses North and South: A unique and moving portrayal of women who pioneered professional nursing and served during the American Civil War. True accounts based on diaries and first-person references reflect the profound impact these Civil War nurses had on the soldiers they treated that went beyond the battles and the war.
- Dr. Willen & Company: A Union surgeon, civilian nurse and hospital steward discuss Civil War medicine and portray Civil War medical personnel with expert explanations on all phases of Civil War medical care.
- 4th Texas Company B Infantry: Civil War reenacting group based in Southeastern Pennsylvania and a member unit of the First Battalion of the First Division of the Army of Northern Virginia, an organization for Confederate reenacting units in the eastern U.S. Company B Infantry’s mission is to uphold the memory of Texas soldiers in the Civil War and their families by accurately portraying southern soldiers and civilians, to educate the public about the common Civil War soldier’s life and ideals, and to promote preservation of Civil War battlefields and historic sites.
- 150th PA Volunteer Infantry “Bucktails” Co. C & K: Living historians portray two of four companies recruited from Crawford County, Pennsylvania, and the personnel who served in the Hospital Department during the Civil War.
- Citizens of Gettysburg: Civilians, attired in authentic Victorian period clothing, recreate the experience of Civil War era civilians of Gettysburg and provide ‘first-person impressions.’
Admission to the historic site is included with the purchase of a Film, Cyclorama & Museum Experience ticket at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center. Visitors also have the option to purchase single timed shuttle tickets for admission to the George Spangler Farm & Field Hospital. Friends of Gettysburg members receive complimentary admission and timed shuttle to the site during summer season weekends.
Access to the historic site is via timed shuttles departing the Museum & Visitor Center Friday through Sunday and on Monday, July 4, 2022, every 20 minutes starting at 10 a.m. with the last shuttle departing the Museum & Visitor Center at 1:40 p.m. The last returning shuttle to the Museum & Visitor Center departs the George Spangler Farm & Field Hospital at 3:20 p.m.
The living history schedules for August will be released in July. For shuttle tickets and announcements, visit GettysburgFoundation.org. For information and tickets for exhibits, tours, events and programs offered by the Gettysburg Foundation, call 877-874-2478 or visit GettysburgFoundation.org.