Get away to Gettysburg and discover a true American treasure. Relive the history of our nation while exploring all that Gettysburg offers. You don’t have to wait until the official 150th Anniversary to immerse yourself in the Civil War; you will discover this every day in Gettysburg.
Commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War now through 2015. Understand the Battle and the impact on this small community through tours, museums and living history. Learn of Lincoln and the Gettysburg Address. This May, learn the story of Fairfield, just 15 minutes from Gettysburg where fighting occurred as part of the three day battle. In September, return to learn the history and the impact of the Emancipation Proclamation. Discover a variety of events throughout the 150th commemoration at www.gettysburgcivilwar150.com.
In 2013, the Gettysburg National Military Park will host an evening program on June 30 to begin its five day commemoration highlighting the heroic acts of July 1-3, 1863. On July 1, Gettysburg’s Seminary Ridge Museum will celebrate its grand opening. July 3, take in special tours, living history and presentations during the annual Battle of Hunterstown Commemoration. From July 4-7, watch as the Battle of Gettysburg is replayed by thousands of Civil War reenactors. July 6, experience the only in-town reenactment as Confederates take the Shriver House. During this full week of activities, discover living history encampment, seminars, musical performances and author/artists signings.
Return in November to remember the solemn days of the aftermath and the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery. Remember the very words spoken by President Abraham Lincoln during his powerful Gettysburg Address. Experience the hope and healing that lingered and spread out from Gettysburg on that memorable fall day.
Beyond the battlefield, tour one of three wineries, shop dozens of farm markets, or stop and pick lavender. Take in a round of golf at several four-star courses, or challenge the family to a round of mini-golf. Plan a weekend and simply relax at one of our many bed and breakfasts or campgrounds.
Stay a few days so you can wander through boutiques in our historic towns or find your own treasure to take home at one of our many antique shops; New Oxford is south central PA’s Antique Capital.
Enjoy a special event – make plans for the Apple Blossom Festival, Pennsylvania Lavender Festival, two bluegrass festivals, a cultural extravaganza of the ten-day Gettysburg Festival, an Irish Festival, and even a 19th Century Base Ball Festival. Did we mention our Wine Festival each September? If you can’t make the popular reenactment held each July, engage with history at a Living History Encampment or demonstration held each weekend April through October.
Discover why so many come to Gettysburg to relive the history and experience the passion! Plan today at www.gettysburg.travel.