Even if you’ve been to Gettysburg a dozen times, there’s always something new to experience. We’re continuously evaluating and introducing tour options that visitors may find fun, educational, or even spooky.
Today we wanted to highlight several unique tour offerings our guests can enjoy in 2018. We encourage you to book early, as tours tend to sell out quickly, especially during the busy season. Some tours are brand new, and some received such positive feedback that we brought them back.
Georgia, Your Sister is Dead – May 19, July 3, September 2, October 6, November 17
It’s 8:30AM on July 3, 1863. Young Jennie Wade has just been killed. Her mother, who witnessed her death, hasn’t had time to comprehend the tragedy. As a ghost, she continues to piece together the events of that day. Now you, as a visitor to the home, have been drawn into the story.
We recently shared some great resources for planning your next trip to Gettysburg, but we also realize just how difficult it can be to get a moment to sit down and plan a family trip. So here are some of the great events happening in Gettysburg this spring, a quick list that you can build your itinerary from if you’re limited on time (and who isn’t?).
WWII in Gettysburg (Weekends in March through June) – This two-hour tour quickly become a guest favorite in 2017, so we brought it back for 2018! Come see a different side of Gettysburg, with a look at the people and places that played a part in World War II. You will visit a prisoner-of-war camp and learn why an intelligence camp was located here, training specialized troops for psychological warfare.
To add to this adventure and give our guests what they want in a tour we are adding an unexpected twist and scare to the traditional “BUS TOUR”. On this 1 hour 45 minute journey you will still depart the bus at the Sachs Bridge and starting this year at The Gettysburg College for tales of the unexplained. But be aware, there are strange encounters awaiting you as you journey the countryside. Who knows what awaits you in the darkness of the night! Depart the bus two times during tour. Adults $24; Children (ages 6-12) $19. Purchase tickets at www.ghostlyimages.net or call (717) 334-1156. Tour begins at Gettysburg Tours, 778 Baltimore Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325.
Gettysburg Tours, Inc has partnered with the expert guides of Historic Leadership Training to offer a brand new tour showcasing a different side of Gettysburg military history. Ride along and take a look at the people and places that played a part in the Allied victory in World War II. You will visit a prisoner-of-war camp. Learn why an intelligence camp was located here, training specialized troops for psychological warfare.
Hear stories of the navy’s map-making operation preparing for the invasion of Japan, and consider the scrap drive that almost took some of the battlefield’s most famous monuments. Find out what sacrifices Gettysburg’s citizens made to help the war effort.
You will also hear moving stories of WWII veterans buried in the national cemetery (yes, the one that Lincoln dedicated). From Pearl Harbor to the Battle of the Bulge to Guadalcanal, these war-time casualties encompass all theaters of the war and all branches of the military service.
Key war-time leaders have traveled here to pay their respects including Dwight D. Eisenhower, who chose to move here. Your guide can share details of their visits to Gettysburg, as you see this famous little town from a fresh perspective.
WW II Tour
Saturday’s beginning March 24th through June 2nd, 2018.
Free to the public. Tours begin at various locales and days throughout the summer. Includes Meade’s Headquarters Open House, Battlefield in a Box, and Pickett’s Charge hike. Call 717-334-1124, ext. 8023 or inquire at the ranger’s desk upon arrival at the Gettysburg Museum & Visitor Center, 1195 Baltimore Pike.
Held at various Gettysburg venues. Includes trivia, workshops, ladies’ tea, formal ball and more. Many events are free of charge or discounted for reenactors in period clothing. Call 717-338-1776 or 717-334-6211 for details.
NEWS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Cindy Small, Vice President of Marketing, Gettysburg Foundation
New Eisenhower at Gettysburg Exhibit to Open March 8 at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center
Gettysburg, PA (March 6, 2018) – The Gettysburg Foundation and Eisenhower National Historic Site are pleased to announce the debut of an exciting new exhibit on March 8 featuring a variety of objects from the Eisenhower National Historic Site’s museum collection. The exhibit, titled Eisenhower’s Leadership from Camp Colt to D-Day, provides a look at two pivotal events in the military career of Dwight David Eisenhower.
During the First World War, Captain Eisenhower arrived in Gettysburg in March 1918 to organize and lead Camp Colt, a training ground for the Army’s new Tank Corps. Set upon the hallowed Gettysburg battlefield, Eisenhower’s men lacked the proper equipment for training and struggled against the Spanish flu. Eisenhower overcame these difficulties, and at Camp Colt, a leader emerged.
Twenty-six years later, General Eisenhower found himself in a position of much greater responsibility. On June 6, 1944, as the supreme commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force, Eisenhower oversaw the invasion of Nazi-occupied France via the beaches of Normandy. The largest amphibious landing in history was a success and paved the way for the Allied liberation of Western Europe. Eisenhower’s leadership shone again in the Second World War.
Highlights of the Exhibit Spotlight include equipment issued to an officer at Camp Colt who volunteered for the Tank Corps, “dog tags” of an enlisted man at the camp that survived the Spanish flu pandemic, the Army-issued cigarette lighter carried by General Eisenhower throughout World War II, and a piece of barbed wire from the German defenses at Point du Hoc.
Free and open to the public, the exhibit runs through 2018, and is the newest display of artifacts within this specific area of the Museum and Visitor Center. The Exhibit Spotlight gallery annually features a new theme and rotation of artifacts that connect soldiers, civilians and generals to places on the Gettysburg battlefield. Visitors have the opportunity to follow the journey of the person featured in the exhibit through their Gettysburg experience—watching the story unfold as they explore the connections found in both the Museum and Visitor Center and on the battlefield.
Planning is underway for future Eisenhower exhibits, made possible by the Tawani Foundation/Pritzker Military Foundation.
About the Gettysburg Foundation and Eisenhower National Historic Site
The Gettysburg Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit philanthropic, educational organization operating in partnership with the National Park Service to preserve Gettysburg National Military Park and the Eisenhower National Historic Site, and to educate the public about their significance. The Foundation has a broad preservation mission that includes land, monument and artifact preservation and battlefield rehabilitation—all in support of the National Park Service’s goals at Gettysburg. www.gettysburgfoundation.org.
The Eisenhower National Historic Site preserves and interprets the home and farms of the Eisenhower family as a fitting and enduring memorial to the life, work, and times of General Dwight David Eisenhower, 34th president of the United States, and to the events of far-reaching importance that occurred on the property. www.nps.gov/eise.
Winter, spring, summer or fall, there’s never a bad time to pay a visit to Gettysburg! No matter what time of year you decide to make your trip to our historic town, we can help you plan that next Gettysburg getaway with some helpful resources:
Gettysburg Foundation – www.gettysburgfoundation.org
The Gettysburg Foundation operates in conjunction with the National Park Service to preserve Gettysburg National Military Park and the Eisenhower National Historic Site. They also play a significant role in educating the public about these sites and our democracy by providing a look into how Gettysburg played a key role in shaping our country.
The Gettysburg Foundation’s website provides useful links to help you plan your visit, purchase tickets to attractions or bus tours, browse the events calendar, and plan a trip for your students, team, scouts, or other youth group.
Museum and visitor hours are 9am-5pm daily, and the address is 1195 Baltimore Pike. You can reach the Gettysburg Foundation by phone at 717-338-1243.
Gettysburg National Military Park – www.nps.gov/gett
Winter Programs at Gettysburg National Military Park include Reading Adventures for Families, Winter Lectures, and the Battlefield Book Series
Gettysburg Park Press Release
Gettysburg, PA – Winter is a great time to visit and explore Gettysburg National Military Park. On January 6, the park’s winter programs begin. This year Gettysburg National Military Park is offering the popular reading adventures program for children ages 4 to 10 and their families, lectures, and a book series. These free programs run January through March 2018 at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center.
Winter Reading Adventures: The Winter Reading Adventures program is for kids who love to read, parents who want their kids to love to read, and for budding history buffs everywhere. Winter Reading Adventures begins January 6 and runs every Saturday through March 10 at 11:00 a.m. Each Saturday morning, a park educator will read aloud a picture book, or parts of a chapter book, followed by an indoor game, activity, or visitor from the past. This year’s theme, “With Liberty and Justice for All,” will focus on influential people in American history. Stories include I Am Sacagawea by Brad Meltzer, Take a Hike, Teddy Roosevelt! by Frank Murphy, and Elizabeth Leads the Way by Tanya Lee Stone, among others.
Jennie Wade House will be open Saturday, February 17th and Sunday, February 18th (weather permitting).