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April 9, 2001
The town, more or less, seems to still exist because of the National Battlefield and Cemetery - so it has a very touristy feel to it. If that sort of thing scares you off - don't let it. It's worth it to stay.
Our first stop was at the museum and visitor's center. Like almost everything else we stopped at along this trip, it was getting close to closing time. We still had an hour, though, to look at the museum - replete with weapons, artifacts, and other items from the war. Many of these items were (and are still being) found in the hills surrounding Gettysburg.
Following that, it was a trip across the street to the National Cemetery. This is, more or less, in two sections - the original area, where the Civil War soldiers are buried, and a newer section, where more modern soldiers and veterans were buried. I personally enjoy visiting cemeteries, so this was my favorite part of the stop. But the area around it - the rises giving you a whole view of the valley - can give one the necessary perspective on why the battle occurred as it did. (Or, as my thought was - "This was the perfect spot to fight.")
Gettysburg has the usual gift shops and stands that any historic town would have. But the stuff that actually *made* Gettysburg what it is is the reason one should go.
From journal Road Trip I - the East Coast