We really enjoyed our visit to Gettysburg. Some of the nicest people
you'd ever want to meet.
(It was raining off and on that day so the pictures are pretty overcast.)
( I'm not particularly good at lighting with my camera)
Mike and his favorite President.
There are different ways to tour the National Cemetery. You can take a bus tour,
rent a CD and drive yourself or hire a private tour guide. I'd recommend you hire
the private guide. You can hire him for 2 to 5 hours. (I found our 2 hours to be plenty
but I think Mike would of preferred the 5 hour tour.) The private guide was a wealth
of knowledge and you have the advantage of asking whatever you want.
Note that when you hire the private tour guide, he will actually drive your car so you would
need to be comfortable with that. The advantage is that you can stop where you want
and your not tied to the tour bus' schedule. The cost is approximately the same as two tickets
on the bus tour ($ 55.00).
The tour guide above is standing directly on the spot where President Lincoln
gave the Gettysburg address. I was surprised there wasn't a more formal marking.
The unmarked graves were categorized in regiments. It was very solemn to see just
how many unmarked graves there were.
Actual ammunition from the Civil War.
The towns shops were so quaint and the people were very friendly.
We asked locals were a great place to eat was and most all directed us to Tommy's Pizza.
And they didn't disappoint. It was delicious. If you ever make a trip there, you have to stop by.
There are over 6000 monuments at Gettysburg.
|The Virginia Monument|
|The Florida Monument|
|Did you know there was an |
American Indian regiment?
The Pennsylvania Monument
The Dobbin House
We also ate at the historic Dobbin House which opened in 1776.
(We actually ate downstairs in the Tavern)
Yummy crab cake sandwich and their famous potato salad.
(Were not sure why the potato salad is famous but several places in
Pennsylvania and Vermont touted "famous potato salad")
The walls are original from 1776.
Mike was lucky enough to have a political discussion with President Lincoln and a fellow tourist.
The gourds were beautiful. This is the first city where we started
seeing the gourds. A theme that will be repeated throughout
the rest of our travels. I LOVE THEM! I kept taking pictures of
them and telling Mike to take note. Hoping he can duplicate some
of them for me next fall.
Gettysburg was a great city to visit. It's a small town that gives great tribute to the historic battle that took place here. They have taken great measure to honor all who gave their lives. It is done in a very respectful way. Not as commercial as you might think. Everyone we encountered was friendly and helpful. It's a perfect vacation destination, especially if you have history buffs in your family or homeschool.