© Paul Witt

Storied battle grounds in the heart of Pennsylvania.

May 31, 2012

Nearly two million people a year come to pay homage to the place of the Civil War’s turning point, made up of 5,800 acres and some 1,400 markers and monuments. It’s also the site of one of Abraham Lincoln’s finest speeches and one of the most important historic sites in the U.S. today.

Gettysburg National Military Park

The enshrinement of the mother of all Civil War sites also encompasses a restored Civil War–era house, where Honest Abe stayed. Its $103 million Visitors Center opened in 2008.

The Lightner Farmhouse

The inn, situated on 15 acres, was used as a hospital for Union soldiers. Appropriately, the hostess has a master’s degree in American history.

The Farnsworth House Inn

The restaurant serves candlelit period meals including dishes like peanut soup, and the specialty is Game Pie made of turkey, pheasant, and duck.

Hickory Hollow Farm

Relive Gettysburg from a soldier’s perspective, on a one-to-four-hour horseback tour.

Dobbin House Tavern

Step back fourscore more years in time with roast duck and porridge at this stonewalled restaurant built in 1776.

Inn at Herr Ridge

The 1815 property was once used as a Confederate hospital, but has since been updated with 18 guest rooms and a restaurant. Plank floors, country quilts, and wood-burning fireplaces send you into a cozy time warp.

Annual Gettysburg Civil War Reenactment

For three days in July, watch ragged “soldiers” fight the bloody Battle of Gettysburg— celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2012—with cannons and bayonets. On your way out, grab a commemorative coffee mug or baseball cap at the Civil War store.

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