CIVILIAN'S EXPERIENCE (General Walking Tour)
Come walk with us as we take you on a trip through Gettysburg’s history and discover details of the town during the battle. Listen to the stories of the civilians, who felt the bullets whistle by, heard the piteous sobs of the wounded and smelled the dead as they decomposed in the July heat. Find out how many civilians were killed or wounded. Learn how fewer than 2,300 men, women and children cared for the 22,000 wounded soldiers who were left behind when the 2 armies moved on. Hear the memories of President Lincoln’s visit in Nov. 1863.
Devastation and Destruction meets Compassion
The Civil War - the very name conjures images of battles and generals, of soldiers fighting, wounded or dead. But what if we go beyond that? Beyond the battles and battlefields and focus on the caring of the 22,000 wounded and maimed union and confederate soldiers by the Gettysburg civilians. The wounded, dead and dying were lying in the streets and in every church and public building and most of the homes in Gettysburg. Hear the stories of the civilians and the soldiers and learn about the burial of the dead soldiers and the Soldiers National Cemetery.
Balloon Rides, Murder, Tanks, Medal of Honor... some of Gettysburg’s colorful and unusual history happened in Taverns.
Stroll with a Gettysburg Licensed Town Historian to the sites of some of Gettysburg’s most historic taverns and hear unusual but true stories that took place at these legendary watering holes. Your Historian will regale you with stories about Presidents, fires, civil war activities and Temperance societies. While you will not be purchasing any drinks during the tour, you can enjoy libations after the tour with a 15% voucher from Hauser Estate Winery and a complimentary beverage (house wine or draft beer) voucher from the Gettysburg Hotel.
Meet your Historian behind the Gettysburg Hotel in the courtyard at 5 pm on Thursday or Friday evenings and start your adventure, Reservations requested, walk-ins accepted.
8 Miles From Slavery (Black History Tour)
Fear to triumph to uncertainty describes the experience of Gettysburg’s large black community during the years leading up to the Civil War through Reconstruction. This walking tour presents stories of abolitionists, kidnappers, heroes, villains and significant events that made Gettysburg an important stop on a road to freedom. Learn how Lincoln’s visit affected the community.
President Abraham Lincoln’s Visit - Gettysburg Address
Experience President Lincoln's 25 hours in Gettysburg by walking where he walked and seeing what he saw. Learn about the planning of the Soldiers National Cemetery and the Dedication Ceremony. Hear the civilians' stories of what they saw and heard those 2 days in November 1863.
Mystery Tour/Untold Tales:
Saturday and Sunday evenings at 5 pm meet a Historian behind the Gettysburg Hotel (in the courtyard) for a Mystery Walking Tour of Untold Tales. You might hear about a murder in Gettysburg that has never been solved! You will hear tales of secret meetings and strange circumstances surrounding the burials of civilians and soldiers. This is a 60 minute (1 hour) walking tour and costs $15.00 per person. No Reservation Required.
SELDOM SEEN TOUR
This walk takes you to places off the beaten path in the town of Gettysburg. Hear unexpected stories from Gettysburg's varied history, that are true and rarely discussed. Some of the stories are strange some are mysterious and some just plain silly. All are interesting! Go places you just don't see on most walking tours.
Unsung Heroes - The Women and Children of 1863 Gettysburg
The Women and Children of 1863 Gettysburg played a large role in caring for the wounded soldiers, Union and Confederate. These ordinary people rose to the occasion by overcoming their natural repulsion to the suffering of the wounded and performed gruesome, but life sustaining work. See where they lived and hear their amazing stories of fear, sorrow and joy!
EISENHOWER AND GETTYSBURG
Like many visitors, Dwight Eisenhower came to Gettysburg as a student of the battle, and fell in love with the town and its people. The 1915 West Point graduating class of which Eisenhower was a member toured the Gettysburg battlefield as part of their last year of training. This was Eisenhower’s first, but not his last visit. By 1950, both Ike and Mamie decided to make Gettysburg their home. Let us share the Eisenhower’s Gettysburg experience beginning in 1918 and ending with the General’s retirement in the 1960s. Do we have stories you won’t find in the history books? Yes, we do.