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On Memorial Day weekend last year, we headed to Gettysburg since my son was learning about the Civil War in school.  This was such a fun weekend!  We started at the Gettysburg Museum and Visitor Center.  We purchased the Gettysburg value ticket which included a licensed battlefield guide bus tour and the cyclorama, film and museum.  We decided to also add-on a tour of the Eisenhower National Historic Site which was the President Eisenhower’s only house he ever owed and was his temporary white house and weekend retreat.

President Eisenhower’s Home

We spent about two hours in the museum.  Their were twelve galleries and many of the exhibits had interactive stations and videos that made it fun for the boys.  There was a collection of artifacts that gave us a glimpse into the days of  from  President Lincoln, and the Confederate President, Jefferson Davis.  In addition there was a wealth of information in the exhibits that focused  on George Gordon Meade and Robert E. Lee and their soldiers.

The Cyclorama was amazing.  It was a circular oil painting portraying  the charge of Confederate infantry led by Gen. George Pickett on July 3, 1863 during the Battle of Gettysburg.

There were several options to tour the battlefield, but I am so glad we chose the bus tour.  Our guide was great and we made several stops where we were able to step out and check out areas of the battlefield like Little Round top and where “Pickett’s Charge” took place.  We also enjoyed learning about the many monuments that were throughout the battlefield.

After we finished with the tours, we headed into the town of Gettysburg where we checked out the Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad station.  After we toured The David Willis house which was where Abraham Lincoln stayed before delivering his most famous speech. We ended our trip by visiting the National Cemetery where Lincoln delivered The Gettysburg address.

 

 

Visiting Gettysburg is one of my favorite trips I have made with my son.  I recommend that if you visit that you purchase tickets on-line for the tours and plan on spending a full weekend because there is so much to do.  The town is filled with many shops on Main Street and great places to eat and additional tours.  Have fun learning the history of this great town that was transformed during the Civil War battle.

 

 

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