Gettysburg: Looking Forward

As the winter months arrive and preparations begin for 2012, we all begin to think of summer and where we would like to go on vacation. Keep Gettysburg, PA in mind as a spot rich with the history of its role in the Civil War.  But the luster of Gettysburg extends beyond its Civil War significance.  There is always something happening and so many events that are family oriented.  Below find some of our favorite annual events that we hope will become favorites of yours:

Living History Weekends on the Battlefield—Each weekend, April through October, various entities including the American Civil War Museum, General Lee’s Headquarters, and the Gettysburg National Military Park host Living History Encampments. Re-enactors from different regiments, both North and South, as well as civilian groups, set camp and live as they did in 1863. Take a step back in time as these groups offer military and medical demonstrations, plus shed light into the life and times of the Civil War. Visitors have the opportunity to interact with the soldiers and civilians – learning about history in a fun and memorable way!

14th Annual Greyhounds in Gettysburg—April 28, 2012—If you own a Greyhound or like the breed come visit us this weekend.

2nd North and South Marathon—April 29, 2012—

56th Apple Blossom Festival—May 5-6, 2012—This event is held the 1st weekend in May.  Spring is in the air with the blossoms on the trees.  Amazing to see.

Gettysburg Outdoor Antique show—May 18th, 2012—If you love antiques then this event is for you.  Antique vendors line the streets.

64th Semi-Annual Bluegrass Festival—May 17th-20th—This event is the first one of the year for the Bluegrass lovers. The celebrity appearances will amaze you.

145th Memorial Day Parade and Ceremonies—May 28th, 2012—This event has been taking place since right after the Civil War.  A time to remember and reflect on our past and what took place in our small town.  Come join us.

Gettysburg Festival—June 8th-17th (Includes Brass Band & History Meets the Arts)—This is one of our most recent annual events for the art lovers.  Culinary delights, bands, poets, etc.   Something for everyone.

Pennsylvania Lavender Festival—June 15th-17th, 2012—Learn what to do with Lavender.  It doesn’t just smell pretty–it can be used for cooking as well!

Gettysburg 149th National Civil War Battle Reenactment—July 6th-8th, 2012—Annual event that takes place around the 4th of July each year.  Battle Reenactments, demonstrations, Sutler Village for shopping and church service.  Sure to please the Civil War enthusiasts.

Gettysburg Bike Week—July 12th-15th, 2012—This event is for the visitor who loves motorcycles and wants to join the festivities.  Includes the awesome Parade of Chrome.  Held at Granite Hill Camping Resort and featuring a full schedule of events.

65th Semi-Annual Bluegrass Festival—August 16th-19th, 2012—If you can’t make the first one of the year then don’t miss this one.  Sure to be exceptional and full of fun.

Apple Harvest Festival—Always held the 1st two weekends in October—Food galore pertaining to apples (apple fritters, apple dumplings, applesauce, apple butter, apple funnel cake, apple cider, etc).  Make your own scarecrow, entertainment throughout the grounds, car show, and craft vendors.  This event has something for everyone.  Come early and stay late.

Remembrance Day Events—November 19th—This event consists of various speakers, including our own Jim Getty in character as Abraham Lincoln, who delivers the Gettysburg Address.  Our annual luminary is also held this weekend, an emotional and breathtaking event.

Come and be a part of history.

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  1. Cliff Arquett Hired me to record the song Lorena over fifty years ago. mI have never been to Gettysburg, but I have been told that my voice still rings out over the battlefield as a soldier sings Lorena. The most popular song both north and south during the Civil War.

    • bonnie says:

      Our prerecorded recording on our Double Decker Bus does not have anyone singing. It is just musical. I’ve tried locating but with no luck.

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