Gettysburg is known for...
The Battle of Gettysburg left its stain on the land and was the turning point of the Civil War. With over 50,000 killed, there's bound to be some spirits still lingering around. Commonly argued to be one of the most haunted towns in the world, visitors come to Gettysburg to not only learn about its past but to see firsthand what entities might also be in its present. Ghost tours are a common attraction, delivering tales that have been passed down through the generations.
2. The Gettysburg Address:
The most famous presidential speech in history was delivered at Gettysburg. President Lincoln's two minute, ten-sentence Gettysburg Address, declared the area as Hallowed Ground and created a legacy recognized around the world. 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the Address and Lincoln's mark on the town. He stayed a little over a day in Gettysburg but thousands of people come to Gettysburg each year to retrace his steps and stand where he delivered those famous words, "Four score and seven years ago."
3. Gettysburg National Military Park:
Gettysburg National Military Park is one of the most famous and comprehensive military parks in the world, as well as the most visited in the United States. Home to the bloodiest battlefield on American soil, it's the most popular point of interest in Gettysburg. Because the National Military Park preserves the more than 6,000 acres of farms, trees, hills, orchards, and woods that were present during the Civil War, the landscape looks much the same as it did in 1863.
4. Soldiers' National Cemetery:
One of the most popular military cemeteries in the United States, Soldiers' National Cemetery is located within the Gettysburg National Military Park, and it marks the place where Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg address. Within its' 17 acres, 3500 Union soldiers are interred. It's a solemn place where many of the graves are marked by numbers and not names. Designed by Washington, D.C. architect William Saunders, people from around the world come to pay there respects to the Gettysburg fallen as well as veterans from the 1898 war with Spain, Vietnam, and over 6000 honorably discharged veterans and their dependents.
5. Historic Sites:
Besides the more than 1300 monuments and marker lines on its landscape, which make it one of the largest collections of outdoor sculptures in the world, Gettysburg is known for its historic sites. The town alone can be seen as one big historic site. Besides the battlefield, there's also the Jennie Wade house, site of the only civilian casualty at Gettysburg; 237-year old Dobbin House Tavern; Eisenhower National Historic Site; the Shriver House; the David Willis house and the Gettysburg train station, the two sole stops Abraham Lincoln made before delivering his famous Gettysburg address.