Gettysburg National Park - Gettysburg, PA
If you’re looking for an opportunity to make learning come to life, then Gettysburg National Military Park offers the perfect real-life classroom. The site of the three day Battle of Gettysburg, one of the most crucial battles of the Civil War, as well as the Soldier’s National Cemetery where President Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous Gettysburg Address and an abundance of other Civil War related landmarks are well worth a visit.
A four hour drive from Somerset County area, the park includes a visitor’s center which houses a museum containing a wealth of artifacts and information illustrating the story of the Civil War. Visitors can also view the film, “A New Birth of Freedom” which focuses on the significance of the epic Battle of Gettysburg and its impact on the war efforts as well as the people and town left behind after more than 50,000 soldiers were killed on the battlefield after three days of fighting.
A tour of the battlefield is the major highlight of the National Park and there are a variety of ways to visit the landmarks, monuments and panoramic views. You may choose to navigate the battlefield by car, bus, or with a Licensed Battlefield Guide who will accompany you to the 16 major landmarks as well as provide you with the hour by hour account of the movement of the soldiers and the military strategies used to create an important victory for the North in July 1863. The museum bookstore also sells self-guiding auto and walking tours on CD. Contact TWLC of Warren if you wish to borrow ours with accompanying book for no cost.
From April through October, National Park Service Rangers deliver programs covering a variety of subjects including the three days of the battle, the Soldier’s National Cemetery, the Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln, soldier life, Civil War medicine, as well as other topics related to the battle referred to as the “High Water Mark of the Rebellion.”
Children see for themselves the famous Culp’s Hill, McPherson’s Ridge, Little Devil’s Den, Little Round Top, and the copse of trees made famous in Pickett’s Charge. A history lesson comes to life touring Gettysburg National Military Park. Plan on an overnight stay since there is much to experience in this small Pennsylvania town. Hotels are located throughout the area including some with a view of the battlefield. Of course, restaurants and quaint shops are also plentiful in the historic community whose lives were forever changed in July 1863.
Visit the National Park Service-Gettysburg web site for additional information.
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