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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Gettysburg is very popular historical site. The Gettysburg Battlefield is a significant attraction to the area. The Civil War took place between 1861 and 1865, the first Pennsylvania Reserves were made up of men from Gettysburg. The Battle of Gettysburg occurred July 1 through July 3rd 1863. During the war in 1863 President Lincoln attended a ceremony to honor the lost soldiers at Soldier’s National Cemetery, it was here that he delivered one of the most famous speeches of all time, the Gettysburg Address.

There are some great educational sites to see here in Gettysburg. One place to visit is the Eisenhower National Historic Site. This is the site where the Eisenhower’s lived and where they retired. You really get a great sense about who these two were when visiting. Many visitors have said when you come to Gettysburg this place is a must to stop and see as it is very much a part of Gettysburg's history.

Another great place is the Gettysburg Battlefield National Park. This attraction is free. There is a guided tour but you can rent a battlefield CD and conduct your own tour, so you can take as much time as you need. There are bus tours that you can take for an affordable rate.

Gettysburg CannonAt the Gettysburg National Military Park, history says that the bloodiest battle was fought here in the Civil War. There is the Battlefield, a Museum, a Monument and a soldiers Cemetery. The Shriver House Museum is also located here in Gettysburg. This museum used to be the home of the Confederate soldiers who ended up using it as a place for sharp shooters. Then there is the Jennie Wade House, she was the first civilian killed in the Civil War. There is also a historic museum on the premises.

The Gettysburg Railroad is now owned by the Cornell Family and they use it for tours through the countryside and through the battlefield of Gettysburg. It really is something that you should do if traveling near Gettysburg. It can be very educational and students will learn more than they realize. You'll have to call ahead to get exact dates and times, but the ultimate attraction when you come to Gettysburg is the Annual Gettysburg Reenactment. Although some people recommend not buying the tickets in advance (if traveling a long distance) because sometimes the dates do change. Be sure to check.

Aside from the many historic things you will see here, for students who want to take a break from learning there is the Ghost of Gettysburg Candlelight Walking Tour. On the tour, you will learn about the Battlefields and the ghosts that have been left behind. This tour is done at night for the spooky feel and there are different tours and schedules to choose from. These tours are not done in the winter but from March to October. These tours are great fun for everyone who has been on them.

Overall, Gettysburg is a very educational place to visit. There is a lot to see so spending a few days in town would be recommended. You will not be disappointed and the students will get more out of these tours and really get a feel for the war more so much more than they would from any textbook material.