Our Town

Town of Gettysburg

During the Civil War, Gettysburg was a typical community made up of English, German, Irish, and African-Americans of various religious, economic, and cultural backgrounds. But in July 1863, Gettysburg's citizens found themselves at the center of a great American Civil War battle during which they endured occupation and hardship. In the aftermath of battle, townspeople provided medical assistance, buried the dead, and began preserving the battleground. This extraordinary experience gave Gettysburg’s citizens—and citizens of the entire nation—a perception of its unique and important place in history.

”History is far more than the excitement of battle, the flags and guns and desperate assaults. In a place like Gettysburg, the visitor—the native for that matter—may easily become absorbed in the three days of conflict, forgetting that history was also made here in quiet lives, on farm and village street, through a century before the battle, through a century after it.

- Dwight D. Eisenhower

The Gettysburg Historic National Military Park

The National Park Service hosts a museum on the Civil War from beginning to dramatic end featuring items from the massive museum collection of Civil War and Gettysburg artifacts, and houses the fully restored Gettysburg Cyclorama.
The Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point in the Civil War, the Union victory in the summer of 1863 that ended General Robert E. Lee's second and most ambitious invasion of the North. Often referred to as the "High Water Mark of the Confederacy", it was the war's bloodiest battle with 51,000 casualties. It also provided President Abraham Lincoln with the setting for his most famous address.

The Eisenhower National Historic Site

This is the home and farm of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Located adjacent to the Gettysburg Battlefield, the farm served the President as a weekend retreat and a meeting place for world leaders. With its peaceful setting and view of South Mountain, it was a much needed respite from Washington and a backdrop for efforts to reduce Cold War tensions.

Tour the President's home, enjoy a self-guided walk around the farm, or join a park ranger for an exploration of 1950s Secret Service operations or a look back at WWII and Ike's problems as Supreme Commander.