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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.