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2023 News

Parking Now Available at the Wisler House

March 29, 2023

A new gravel parking area and driveway at the Wisler House, also known as “The First Shot House,” at Gettysburg National Military Park is now available for visitor use. The completion of this phase of site rehabilitation will allow visitors an unprecedented opportunity to safely park and visit this significant location associated with the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg. 

Photo courtesy of Gettysburg National Military Park

The announcement of the parking area and drive opening now allows public access to the Wisler House grounds, but site rehabilitation is not yet fully complete. A new interpretive sign is expected to be installed in the coming months and the house will receive a painting treatment called penciling later in the year. Per historic specifications, the brick Wisler House has already been painted red and the penciling will add a thin line of white paint to accentuate the areas where mortar would be visible. This painting technique is the same as what already appears on the David Wills House in the center of Gettysburg. Currently, there are no plans to open the house to the public. 

For a full recap of the rehabilitation project, including videos and photo albums, visit Gettysburg National Military Park online at

Read the National Park Servic press release.

Partners in Preservation

The Gettysburg Foundation's partnership with Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site is critical for battlefield preservation and is at the core of the Foundation's mission. Rehabilitation of the historic Wisler House has been one of our preservation projects in partnership. The Gettysburg Foundation provided the funds to perserve the important structure, which has survived since the 19th century. Through the preservation efforts of our partnership, this structure that is significant in our American history will be preserved well into the future.