• The David Wills House on Lincoln Square is a National Park Service museum featuring seven galleries, including the restored office where David Wills coordinated the town of Gettysburg’s post-battle recovery efforts and invited a President to deliver “a few appropriate remarks”. See the famous Lincoln bedroom where the President finished revising the Gettysburg Address.
• The Schriver House Museum recounts the story of the Schriver Family. Tours are given by historians in period dress. Explore this beautifully restored Civil War property, which was occupied by Confederate sharpshooters.
• The Jennie Wade House recalls the story of Jennie, the only civilian killed during the Battle of Gettysburg. Learn her story as you tour this house that appears much as it did on July 3, 1863.
• General Lee's Headquarters Museum is housed in the original 1834 stone house that General Robert E. Lee used as his personal headquarters in 1863. Learn the story of the Widow Thompson and her experiences as she hosted the most famous General of the Civil War.
• Ronn Palm’s Museum of Civil War Images – Museum displaying original period photographs of Civil War Soldiers with over 3400 images on display. Books, pictures and artifacts are for sale in addition to display items. Open seasonally June – November.
• The United States Christian Commission Museum – Museum dedicated to the story of the 5,000 member organization who volunteered and distributed over $6,000,000 worth of goods and supplies (in 1860's valuation) to the soldiers and sailors of the Union army on the battlefields, camps, hospitals and prisons. They also served the soldiers in grey when the opportunity arose. Open seasonally April – November.
GETTYSBURG TOWN TOURS
|Historic Christ Lutheran Church
• Guided Historic Walking Tours - Experience first-hand the terrible effects of the Battle of Gettysburg on her citizens by taking a guided walking tour of downtown. Over 150 original Civil War buildings still stand today. Visit these sites and learn the personal stories of the civilians who first lived through the Battle and then dealt with its horrific aftermath. Tours originate at the Gettysburg Hotel on the Lincoln Square.
• Historic Church Walking Tours – Many of our town churches served as field hospitals during the Battle of Gettysburg. 90 minute walking tours give you access to the inside of these historic buildings where you will hear accounts of the civilians who were witness to the brutal realities of war. Tours offered seasonally June – August.
• Self-Guided walking tour maps of historic Downtown Gettysburg are available at the Doubleday Inn. Tour length is approximately 2 miles in length and will take you past some of the oldest and most historically significant structures in the town.
|ACHS Research Assistant
Tim Smith leads a group tour at the
Cupola of Schmucker Hall
| Cupola Tours at "Old Dorm"
The ultimate treat for any Gettysburg enthusiast! Offered only twice per year in April and November, these exclusive tours of Schmucker Hall allow you to see what Union Cavalry Commander John Buford saw during the opening moments of the Battle of Gettysburg. Sponsored by the Adams County Historical Society
and the Seminary Ridge Historic Preservation Foundation
, tours cost $125 each with all proceeds benefitting these excellent non-profit preservation groups. You will tour the grounds and all four floors of "Old Dorm" and see some of the unique collection items of the Historical Society while also learning the history of the building and the Society itself. Then climb the stairs to the famous Cupola where you will have unobstructed views of Gettysburg and the surrounding countryside in all directions. A truly one-of-a-kind experience!
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ADAMS COUNTY TOURS
Enjoy two beautiful driving tours through scenic Adams County. Both are self-guided and cost free. Experience the beauty of our rolling countryside filled with picturesque farms, orchards, and covered bridges. Driving Tour brochures are available at the Inn.
Segway Toursare the newest way to see the Battlefield! Offering two itineraries, both recorded audio and live Licensed Battlefield Guide tours are available. Tours leave from the Reliance Mine Saloon on Taneytown Road, just down the hill from the old Visitor’s Center
• The Gettysburg Wine & Fruit Trail – Printable map featuring the locations of 10 local family-owned agricultural businesses. Enjoy a scenic drive and sample some wonderful local produce and wine along the way!
• Reid's Orchard & Winery - Located in the beautiful and historic Buchanan Valley, just a short 20 minute ride from Gettysburg through beautiful orchard country. Tasting room at the farm open Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday beginning at 12 pm. Also visit their downtown Gettysburg tasting room in the historic Jennie Wade Birth House on Baltimore Street, open daily at 12 pm
• Adams County Winery - located just 15 minutes from the Inn. Taste their selection of fine Pennsylvania wines, including very popular apple and peach fruit wines. The winery is open 7 days per week from 10 AM – 6 PM. You can also visit the winery’s Tasting Room in downtown Gettysburg from 11 AM – 6 PM.
• Houser Estate Winery - Enjoy the amazing panoramic views from their mountaintop tasting room. They offer a wide selection of Pennsylvania wines and hard ciders. The winery is open 7 days per week, Monday-Saturday from 11 AM – 5 PM and Sunday from Noon – 5 PM. Their Tasting Room in downtown Gettysburg is open daily from Noon – 5 PM.
Shopping in Gettysburg and the surrounding area is plentiful, with hundreds of antique dealers, Civil War artifact and souvenir shops, art galleries, bookstores, and farm markets, all just minutes away! Listed below are some of our favorites:
Within easy reach of Gettysburg are a number of excellent golf courses with affordable rates and which are generally uncrowded, though tee times are always advised. Among The Doubleday innkeeper's favorites are:re:
The Links at Gettysburg
A very scenic upscale course featuring lakes, streams, and red rock canyons about six miles south of Gettysburg.
Two highly rated courses, one featuring traditional tree-lined fairways; the other, a classic link-style course with fabulous mountain views. About 20 miles west of Gettysburg in a golf community.
The Bridges Golf Club
Carved into the rolling hills among woodlands and wetlands is this challenging layout, one of the best in the area. Located about 15 miles east of Gettysburg.
Carroll Valley Golf Club
About 8 miles from Gettysburg at the Carroll Valley Resort. This course is wedged beautifully into a narrow valley surrounded by woodlands, especially beautiful in the fall. It is the least expensive of those mentioned.
History beyond the Gettysburg Battlefield
Adjacent to the Battlefield is the Eisenhower Farm National Historic Site. This bucolic farm is where Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower spent many of their later years, hosting world leaders such as Nikita Khrushchev, Winston Churchill, and Charles DeGaulle. The Farm is constantly undergoing display changes so there is always something new to see. Particularly lovely is the month of December, when the house is decorated in the Eisenhower holiday tradition, with original decorations and Christmas cards on display. Tours of the Eisenhower Farm leave from the Park Visitor’s Center.
Historic Gettysburg Train Station - The head house was built in 1859 and served as the western terminus of the Gettysburg Railroad line to Hanover, Pennsylvania. Lincoln arrived here by train on November 18, 1863, invited by David Wills to say "a few appropriate remarks" at the dedication of the national cemetery. The station also served as a field hospital during the Battle of Gettysburg, transporting 15,000 wounded soldiers after the battle. The Historic Gettysburg Railroad Station is free and open to the public with special exhibits through the year.
Adams County Driving Tours - Enjoy two beautiful driving tours through scenic Adams County. Both tours are self-guided and cost free. The Scenic Valley Tour lets you experience PA’s “fruit belt” with long winding roads traveling through extensive apple, peach and cherry orchards set amongst picturesque farms. The Historic Conewago Valley Tour takes you through some of the county’s oldest towns, dating to Victorian and Colonial times. View beautiful landscapes and historic Pennsylvania bank barns as you travel the scenic back roads. Brochures for both tours are available at the Doubleday Inn.
Are there ghosts in Gettysburg? Find out for yourself by joining one of the many ghost tours in town. We recommend two Gettysburg ghost tours companies. Both offer town tours as well as tours on Seminary Ridge (near the Doubleday Inn). Seminary Ridge tours tend to a bit quieter, as you are away from the hustle and bustle of town.
• Sleepy Hollow Tours leave from the Dobbin House on Steinwehr Avenue. Their tours are not scripted, with each storyteller researching his or her own tales. While looking for ghosts, you’ll get a little bit of history too. Request Phyllis as your story teller, she is absolutely the BEST tour guide we’ve met!!!
• Mark Nesbitt is a well respected ghost hunter and an active paranormal investigator. His Ghosts of Gettysburg is the original ghost tour company in town and is located on Baltimore Street. In addition to the town tour and Seminary Ridge tour, we can also recommend the Carlisle Street tour, which leads you through the campus of historic Gettysburg College. You can read about paranormal happenings in the area of the Doubleday Inn in Mark Nesbitt’s “Ghosts of Gettysburg V”.
• Gettysburg Paranormal Investigations – If you’re looking for more than just ghost stories, join Spooky and her team of paranormal investigators for their nightly ghost hunts in and around Gettysburg to see if you are able to catch a spirit of your own! You will experiment with recording devices, heat sensors, K2 meters, and other investigative tools at a variety of locations. Our guests who have participated in these investigations have reported having a wonderful time with Spooky.
There are numerous websites future visitors can access to learn about all the Gettysburg area has to offer.
Among the most useful are:
Gettysburg Convention and Visitors Bureau
Gettysburg-Adams County Chamber of Commerce
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Baltimore Convention and Visitors Association
Washington D.C. Convention and Visitors Association
Antietam and Harper’s Ferry