Unique, Detailed View of History at Best Gettysburg Historic Attractions

An Attraction that lifts history off the page and leaves you walking away with more in depth knowledge and a different perspective on history is an attraction that's done its job. The truth of the matter is that there are some attractions that do a better job than others. 

However, when you visit a destination like Gettysburg, where the town itself is an attraction, it's hard not to get it right. Many buildings date back to the late 18th century with the Dobbin House Tavern being the oldest, built in 1776. Re-purposed as inns, restaurants, museums and the like, Gettysburg's historic sites are functional properties and not just relics of the past.

Even if you were never a fan of your history school lessons, you'll walk away with a different appreciation for Gettysburg. There's something to be said about walking the hallowed ground of the Battlefield; or taking a tour of orchards and fields via horseback or Segway; or visiting a reenactment tent site; or stepping into the home where Lincoln slept before his Address; or looking at the bullet holes in the door of the only civilian casualty in Gettysburg. These and other experiences will leave an impression on you. You may even walk away a bigger fan of history. Whatever your goal in visiting Gettysburg's historic attractions, you won't leave town unaffected.


Seminary Ridge Museum
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Seminary Ridge Museum is the newest addition to Gettysburg, just in time for the 150th anniversary of the Battle. The first day of the battle took place on Seminary Ridge. Once, the "Old Dorm" of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg,...  Read More

David Wills House
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The David Wills House is one of the three stops that President Abraham Lincoln made when he came to town to deliver his Gettysburg address. Wills was a successful local attorney who was adept at real estate. When Pennsylvania Governor Andrew...  Read More

Eisenhower National Historic Site
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Eisenhower led the Allies to victory in World War II as an army general and then the country through the Cold War. After all the traveling around the world that General Eisenhower did, he chose Gettysburg to be his retirement home. The...  Read More

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Schriver House


As horrifying as it must have been to be one of the 150,000 soldiers who marched into Gettysburg during the summer of 1863, it was equally terrifying to the more than 2,000 civilians who witnessed the devastation. George Shriver was away...  Read More



Soldier's National Cemetery was designed by William Saunders, the same architect of Washington, D.C. - it's arch like design being his signature. Local attorney David Willis was commissioned to find land in Gettysburg in the aftermath of the...  Read More

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Sachs Mill Bridge
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The Sachs Covered Bridge is located off Pumping Station Road. The bridge was constructed in 1852 and is an excellent example of town-lattice truss construction. It was used by both Union and Confederate troops during the Battle of Gettysburg....  Read More

Gettysburg Battlefield Tours
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Tour the historic Gettysburg Battlefield aboard an open-air, double-decker bus. Gettysburg Battlefield Tours give you an opportunity to sit back, relax, and let someone else do the talking and driving. On your tour, you will be provided with ...  Read More

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Jennie Wade House
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Jennie Wade was the only Gettysburg civilian casualty during the Battle of Gettysburg. Today, aside from minor changes and repairs, this historic home and its furnishings remain in virtually the same condition as when Jennie met her death. It...  Read More



The Battle of Gettysburg was one of the most definitive of the Civil War, and this massive park serves as a memorial to the battle's significance in American history. The park surrounds the town, encompassing almost 6,000 acres and 35 miles of...  Read More


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