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Gettysburg-A Turning Point in History

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An October 2001 trip to Gettysburg by Linda Kaye

A Change of Seasons Photo, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania More Photos
Quote: Gettysburg has something for everyone. Beautiful scenery, wonderful restaurants, cozy bed and breakfast facilities or you might just see Ole Abe Lincoln strolling the Square on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon. But the real reason you will visit Gettysburg is because of the affect it had on America and the world.

Gettysburg-A Turning Point in History

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Overview

A Change of Seasons Photo, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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We have seen Gettysburg in the summer and enjoyed canoeing on the Laurel River in the Pine Grove State Park, and rock climbing at Devil’s Den. We have seen Gettysburg in the winter under a thick blanket of snow, sliding down a steep hill behind our friend’s house. But this autumn, with a special meaning of appreciation, was the most beautiful of all. The leaves on the trees turning red, orange and yellow were absolutely incredible. The apple harvest was in full swing. Large green and red jewels were hanging heavy on the trees, row after row in the orchards. One of the main reasons we were in Gettysburg on this particular weekend was attend the "annual apple butter time", our friend’s very ol...Read More

Baltimore Street Bed & Breakfast

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Hotel | "Baltimore Street Bed & Breakfast"

Baltimore Street Bed & Breakfast Photo, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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We had the unique privilege of having a personal tour of this beautiful Gothic Revival Victorian home by the owners, Jan and George Newton, thanks to a mutual friend. This large three-story home was built in 1868 on the same site owned and occupied by the John Rupp family at the time of the Battle of Gettysburg. During the battle, Mr. Rupp, who owned and operated a tannery, stayed in the cellar, while Union soldiers occupied the porch on the front of the home and Confederate soldiers at the rear. The foundation and basement of the original house was used in the construction of the current home. The Newtons "honor" the Civil War with elegance, grace and charm. Their home is decorated with aut...Read More

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Baltimore Street Bed & Breakfast
449 Baltimore Street
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
1(888) 667-8266

Hickory Bridge Farm

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Restaurant

Hickory Bridge Farm Photo, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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You don’t see any advertising for Hickory Bridge Farm, but somehow everybody knows about it. This is the place you go for wedding banquets, anniversary celebrations, special family reunions and that very special evening out. It is located eight miles west of Gettysburg at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and I highly recommend that you get a map before heading out. Driving through winding country roads, past massive apple orchards and wondering, "where is the world are we" was half the fun of getting there. The restaurant is open to individual diners Friday and Saturday 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. and on Sunday 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. and reservations are highly recommended for this is a popular...Read More

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Hickory Bridge Farm
96 Hickory Bridge Road
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17353
(717) 642-5261

Gettysburg National Military Park and Cemetery

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Attraction | "Gettysburg Battlefields"

Gettysburg National Military Park and Cemetery Photo, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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The Battle of Gettysburg was the greatest battle ever fought on the continent and one of the most decisive battles of world history. In July 1863, the turning point of the American Civil War occurred at the Battle of Gettysburg, when General Robert E. Lee’s Confederate army of 75,000 men and General George G. Meade with 97,000 Northern soldiers collided. In the fields surrounding Gettysburg on July 1, 2 and 3, more men fought and died than in any other battle before or since on North American soil. Although the Battle of Gettysburg did not end the war, nor attain any major war aim from the North or the South, it remains the greatest battle of the Civil War. Its significance turn...Read More

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Gettysburg National Military Park and Cemetery
1195 Baltimore Pike
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Hickory Bridge General Store

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Attraction

Hickory Bridge General Store Photo, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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On the grounds of the Hickory Bridge Farm is the General Store. As I entered, a flood of memories rushed back from the days of my childhood. The wonderful turn-of-the-century (the last century) general store is complete with an iron stove, post office and a candy counter. Penny candy still sells for a penny (not the same-penny) and you can buy a sarsaparilla. There is even a checkers board set up, just in case you have a few minutes to play. It is owned by William and Grace Newman who have furnished the store with wonder antiques. The shelves are lined with items that include medicine and liniment bottles, jars and tins. One samples was "Dr. Hess’s Healing Powder". On one side of th...Read More

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Hickory Bridge General Store
Hickory Bridge Road
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Historic Gettysburg

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Attraction

Historic Gettysburg Photo, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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As we walked through the streets of Gettysburg, past Lincoln Square, the Adams County Courthouse, west on Baltimore Street and past the Baltimore Bed and Breakfast and up towards the Old Gettysburg Village, we were in awe of the beauty of quaintness of this town. We have always enjoyed our visits to Gettysburg, but usually spend most of our time visiting, not site seeing. But since we had a few extra days and an excellent guide, we took the opportunity to get a Civil War education. In the downtown area, the streets are lined with American flags. Everywhere you look, there are images of Abe Lincoln: the Lincoln Diner, the Lincoln Train Museum, the Lincoln Room Museum, even the Lincolnway Motel....Read More

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Historic Gettysburg
Old Town & National Military Park
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

The Gettysburg Address

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Story/Tip

Bronze Statute of President Lincoln Photo, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln dedicated the Gettysburg National Cemetery. His speech lasted only two minutes and contained 266 words, but went into history as the immortal Gettysburg Address. Lincoln arrived by train at Gettysburg on November 18, and reportedly had written most of his speech on the train. He spent the night at the Wills House in the Square where he put on the finishing touches to his tribute to those who died to preserve freedom "Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, te...Read More