Gettysburg is the site of one of the most important battles of the Civil War and a top student destination. Tour the battlefield, study the diorama or take a “spirited” ghost tour. Follow your adventures in Gettysburg with a day in Amish country exploring a working Amish farm. Wrap it all up with a great day at Hersheypark!
If you are traveling to Gettysburg with students, a stop at the Gettysburg National Military Park is probably at the top of the trip checklist. The Battle of Gettysburg was the turning point of the Civil War and the inspiration for Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Programs are available for all ages, as well as free, ranger-led tours of key battlefield moments.
A fully-narrated light and sound show, the Gettysburg Diorama puts the entire 6,000-acre battlefield in one place. Students will be amazed by the display’s incredible detail during the 30-minute presentation of the three-day battle.
Songs and Stories of A Civil War Hospital
Christ Lutheran Church is the oldest building in Gettysburg in continuous use for worship. It also served as a hospital during the battle. True stories of soldiers (Union and Confederate), doctors and nurses are presented through readings of soldiers’ journals, nurse’s diaries, and live civil war music. Poetry by Walt Whitman (who served as a civil war nurse for 3 years) and passages from Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address are also included. Students are given the name of a soldier who was a patient at the hospital and whose fate is revealed at the end of the program (did he live or die?)
Don’t miss a chance to get up close and personal with some of Gettysburg’s best haunts and eerie sightings! The Ghosts of Gettysburg Candlelight Walking Tours are based on true stories from Mark Nesbitt’s “Ghosts of Gettysburg” book series and have been featured on “Unsolved Mysteries.”
The Shriver House gives students a civilian view of the battle. This 1860 home in the heart of the historic district has been meticulously restored. Members of the Shriver family share their experiences of life before, during and after the war.
If you need a quick, home-cooked meal to fuel those insatiable teen appetites, General Pickett’s Buffet is a perfect choice. It also has a gift shop to satisfy students’ needs to spend ALL their trip money (goodness knows they won’t take any home!).
Historic 1776 Dobbin House Tavern provides comfortable group accommodations, gracious hospitality and delectable dishes in a charming and historic setting. Students can tour the oldest and most historic home in Gettysburg and check out the secret “underground railroad” hideout.
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Arrive in Gettysburg and meet your “full-scope” tour director, a seasoned pro who will handle the details of your trip. Begin at the Gettysburg National Military Park where the Battle of Gettysburg is depicted in the Cyclorama, a massive, 1883 painting by Paul Philippoteaux.
Explore war relics and artifacts at Gettysburg Museum of the American Civil War. Next, walk on hallowed ground during a 2-hour guided Battlefield Tour. Finally, feed the troops a hearty, home-cooked meal at General Pickett’s Buffet before checking in to the Country Inn & Suites.
Begin the day with breakfast (included) before departing for the Soldiers’ National Cemetery Tour where President Lincoln delivered the famous Gettysburg Address. Continue with a tour of the David Wills House where Lincoln stayed during his time in Gettysburg. Lunch is on your own, but dinner at the charming Dobbin House Tavern is included. Finally, take a “spirited” guided ghost tour of the famously haunted spots in Gettysburg.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel (included) and then a short ride to the sweetest place on earth! Tour Hershey’s Chocolate World to see how your favorite candy is made and then spend a day at Hersheypark, the theme park founded by Milton Hershey in 1906.
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