History

The idea of developing a tour centered on one of the most monumental civil war battles in history was conceived on a golf course by several entrepreneurs on a summer day in the 1950’s. The idea took off and a script was developed with Cliff Arquette (TV personality Charlie Weaver) following the tour route marked by the National Park Service. Coral Records recorded the two hour audio tape for use on the Tours. Several TV personalities from that Era had parts in the recording, including Hugh Downs and Raymond Massey as Lincoln. Gettysburg Tours, Inc. started giving Battlefield Tours to tourists in the 1950’s in Mercedes Van Style Vehicles. The tours became so popular that the decision was made to invest in the signature Double Decker buses in the 1970’s. The first Double Decker Bus to arrive in Gettysburg was greeted by then NPS Superintendent John Earnst. He was part of the first ride on the bus while standing on the top deck from the Baltimore Street Tour Center to the High Water Mark. The owners of Gettysburg Tours, Inc understood the need to work together in partnership with the National Park Service to better serve the visitors to Gettysburg National Military Park. With the support of the park service, enlivening one of the most impactful battles of the Civil War became the vision and Gettysburg Tours never looked back. Under the leadership of its owners LeRoy E. Smith and Thomas E. Metz, Gettysburg Tours, Inc became a thriving business, an asset to the community, and a testament to American history by showcasing one of the most paramount civil war battles that would be forever preserved for the public.

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Tom Metz and Ronald Felty purchased Smith’s interest from his Estate in 1989 and grew the business throughout the 90’s and 2000’s. Ken Rohrbaugh had been employed by the company since the mid 1970’s and was a large part of the company’s success through the years. In 2009, through his hard work and astute business sense, Ken became President of Gettysburg Tours. After Ken’s sudden passing in 2011 a large void was left in the Gettysburg Tours family and the community of Gettysburg. Max Felty was named President of the corporation after working in various positions within the business, including bus driver, group reservations manager and sales. He continues to lead the company with a vision of providing the best tours, customer service and overall experience to the visitors of Gettysburg.

Our tour guides get excited to discuss civil war battles! Photography by Bill Schwartz

Photography by Bill Schwartz

Gettysburg Tours, Inc. runs Battlefield Tours in Double Deckers and Coach Buses from our Baltimore Street Tour Center and Battlefield Tours in Coach Buses from the NPS Visitor Center, under a contract with the Gettysburg Foundation. We also operate the shuttle service to the Eisenhower Farm under a NPS Concession Contract and provide Charter Services and Airport Shuttle Services.

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