Autumn in Gettysburg offers history buffs one of the best vacation experiences available. Historic Gettysburg offers so many things to do in the fall, not only centered around Civil War history, but also focused on fall foliage, amazing scenic vistas, apple fests, ghost tours, and more.
Celebrate history and harvests this fall!
Our Gettysburg bus tours feature our beloved Licensed Battlefield Guides. Visitors can board our double-deck buses to get an unobstructed view of the battlefields and be transported back in time to the War Between the States. The bus tour will make a definite imprint on your memory long after your getaway to Gettysburg.
COVID-19 has interrupted many travel plans. But that doesn’t mean you have to remain bored at home! Gettysburg Battlefield Bus Tours and the Town of Gettysburg have taken a lot of measures to offer safe, affordable, and fun entertainment options during this pandemic.
So, do you need to get out of the house? Need a safe break from the monotony of quarantine? We have put together a few of our favorite spots to eat and hang out in Gettysburg—with social distancing and safety precautions in place!
Thank you to Destination Gettysburg as well for help compiling these resources. For an even more extensive list, visit their site today!
Places to eat
Of course, we couldn’t start out without sharing some of the best places to relax and grab a bite in Gettysburg. All of these restaurants offer multiple dining options: carryout, delivery, and curbside pickup. Many of them are offering both indoor and outdoor seating!
We would be remiss in our efforts to celebrate American history if we were to forget the contributions of one of the only women in American history to receive the Medal of Honor. Mary Walker Edwards is a hero in our book for her contributions to the Civil War, to America, and to its prosperity. Mary was a hero among heroes; she was a Doctor, Surgeon, Abolitionist, and staunch advocate for the rights of women.
Mary’s Younger Years
Walker was born on November 26th, 1832, in the city of Oswego in upstate New York. The daughter of abolitionists and free thinkers, she was encouraged from a young age to care about the rights of all people. Committing herself very early on to gender equality and the rights of women, she was known for wearing pants instead of skirts and dresses, even as a little girl.
Welcome back! The Jennie Wade House began daily history tours on Friday, June 12th, 2020. Our tour has been changed to follow CDC guidelines. Please wear a mask for the safety of our staff as well as our visitors.
We resumed our regular tours where you enter the building on Friday, June 19th Space is limited. Advance ticket purchase recommended. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ghostlyimages.net or by calling Ghostly Images after 3 PM (717) 334-1156 or tickets can also be purchased at Gettysburg Tours (877) 680-8687.
Here at Gettysburg Tours, we are committed to making sure that all of our guests have a safe and fun experience during our bus tours, charter bus trips and walking tours. As the general public navigates life with Covid-19 regulations, we want to make sure that we are taking every precaution to ensure the safety of both our guests and employees. Each of the guidelines we have put in place are meant to comply with green phase of the governors reopening plan and are looking forward to both fun and safe times with our guests.
As we return to business, there are a number of precautions that we are taking with each section of Gettysburg Tours: Our Bus Tours, Jennie Wade House and Ghostly Images. Standard precautions include a continued commitment to social distancing and heightened cleaning and sanitary practices. There are also specific precautions that we are taking within each area of the company.
One of the best things about our great nation is our ability to come together during a crisis. The American people are a resilient group, and we’ve been blessed to have a number of people who’ve reached out, even during their own struggles, to see how they can help support our national parks.
The National Park Service wouldn’t be what it is today without the help of our amazing communities across the United States. Whether you donate time, money, or even your talent, you help others enjoy the beauty in Gettysburg and other national parks.
Good News! Ghostly Images will be opening this weekend for a Jennie Wade/Haunted Orphanage Walking Tour (all outside). Tickets available for purchase online. Tour is 90 minutes.
This tour was created to accommodate necessary social distancing protocol, limiting the size and being conducted all outside to avoid confining our groups to enclosed areas.
Be respectful and wear a mask for the safety of our employees and other guests.
Good News! The Jennie Wade House will be open this weekend on Saturday, May 23rd-Sunday, May 24th (9 AM-6 PM) and Monday, May 25th (9 AM -3 PM) to offer historic tours of the Jennie Wade House. We have modified the tours to adhere to social distancing and for the safety of our visitors and employees.
Be respectful and wear a mask for the safety of our staff and other guests.
Virtual One Hundred Nights of Taps, Gettysburg, 2020
Opening Ceremony, May 25, 7:00 p.m. on Facebook and YouTube
For the fourth year, the notes of “Taps” will be sounded in Gettysburg every evening this summer to honor of those who have served our nation. The program will take place virtually through internet live-streaming. In order to act in the best interest of public safety, Gettysburg National Military Park has informed The Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania that, until further notice, any on-site programming for “One Hundred Nights of Taps, Gettysburg, 2020” within Soldiers’ National Cemetery is temporarily suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic. If and when the Fellowship receives an “all-clear” for on-site programming, we will again meet, outdoors, at the base of the beautiful Soldiers’ National Monument in Gettysburg National Military Park to resume the ceremony as it was intended to be.
The Lincoln Fellowship, in partnership with Taps for Veterans and Gettysburg National Military Park, will stream the virtual program at 7 p.m. every evening from Memorial Day (May 25) through Labor Day (September 7) through Facebook and YouTube. We welcome any and all members of the public to join us online at:
and on our One Hundred Nights of Taps, Gettysburg, 2020 YouTube channel.