slide 1 imageThe high water mark at Pickett's Charge slide 2 imageMcPherson's Ridge and barn slide 3 imageDevil's Den rock formation


This Gettysburg Guide I have tried to present not only offers the traveler information on the battle, but also other treasures that can be found in this quaint little town such as friendliness, food and down home charm. Gettysburg is the perfect destination for kids and adults alike; it's a terrific place to learn about the American Civil War as well as a slow-paced vacation town for those who want to avoid the theme parks.

Gettysburg has a sacred beauty that separates it from the myriad other battlefields across the nation; the town of Gettysburg itself possesses a sweet vintage charm, while the battlefield is not only lovely but is also soaked with overwhelming history.

Man-made monuments exist side by side with natural beauty and stunning scenery. No matter their interests, visitors will certainly find something they like in Gettysburg. This is not just a town where thousands died in battle, but a community that banded together in the aftermath. Markers scattered throughout the town show visitors what happened where.

Bronze plaques decorate homes that stood during the battle, and many are open as museums or bed and breakfast inns. You will often see living historians dressed up in Civil War garb, especially when Civil War reenactments are being held at one of the various places on the battlefield.

Some highlights of the battlefield tour include Devil's Den, a mysterious tangle of rocks dating from prehistory; Little Round Top, which offers not only an impressive history lesson but a dazzling view; the Wheatfield, a quiet place to reflect on the carnage that occurred here in 1863; and Pickett's Charge, where Confederate soldiers marched bravely into Union cannonfire and gunfire, suffering strikingly high losses as a result.

The town itself contains many historical properties. If shopping is an interest, you can find everything from quirky souvenir stores to upscale gift shops, and there are many choices for lodging as well.

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