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A great place to start your sight seeing adventure is the Gettysburg Travel Council office, 35 Carlisle Street, 717-334-6274. Here you can pick up free brochures and maps for local self guided tours. Following the Scenic Valley Tour, you'll cover about 36 miles in 2 hours and see some beautiful country side. You'll also be treated to the Sachs Mill Covered Bridge, which was built in 1852 and is one of our best examples of what is called a "Town-Lattice Truss" covered bridge.
You'll also want to take the Downtown Historic District Walking Tour, which will take you by more than 100 old buildings, many of which are being restored. When you feel like hopping in the car again, you can head out on the historic Conewago Tour. Named after the Conewago Creek, which you will pass over several times, this tour covers about 40 miles and will take you by sights like the East Cavalry Battlefield, the downtown of Victorian New Oxford, and the Early-American town of East Berlin.
If you would like to see history re-enacted, you have several choices in Gettysburg. You can view a film and multimedia re-enactment at the Battle Theater, 571 Steinwehr Ave, 717-334-6100. Or you can drop by the National Civil War Wax Museum, 297 Steinwehr Ave, 717-334-6245, with its audiovisual presentation, 200+ life-size figures, 30 scenes, animated Lincoln giving the Gettysburg address, and battle room auditorium.
If you'd like to ride the rails with a Lincoln re- enactor or experience a Civil War raid, call the Gettysburg Scenic Railway, a division of the Gettysburg & Northern Railroad Co., 106 N Washington St., 717-334-6932. If you'd like another chance to catch sight of President Lincoln, you need to visit the Hall of Presidents and First Ladies, 789 Baltimore St., 717-337-1698; or you can stop by the Lincoln Room Museum, Wills House, 89 Steinwehr Ave, 717-334-8188.
Next you'll want to head out to the Gettysburg National Military Park, 1195 Baltimore Pike (Route 97), Cumberland Township, 717-334-1124. Here you will find the Gettysburg Museum & Visitors Center with its "A New Birth of Freedom" film, conserved Gettysburg Cyclorama, and 12 exhibits of covering Civil War history. Next walk or drive at least some of the battle field trail, and stop by the National Cemetery.
If you like the way history comes alive when you listen to tour audio tapes, you'll want to drop by the National Civil War Wax Museum, 297 Steinwehr Ave, 717-334-6245, and pick up a copy of their Auto Tape Tour. Rather leave the driving to someone else? Then you can choose between the Gettysburg Battlefield Bus Tour, Gettysburg Tour Center, 717-334-6296; or take a horseback ride on the battlefield 1 mile south of the National Park Visitors Center on Rt. 134, 610 Taneytown Road, 717-334-1288.
Another tour offered by the National Park at their Visitors Center, is of the Eisenhower National Historic Site, 250 Eisenhower Farm Lane, 717-338-9114. Touring the only home the Eisenhower's ever owned will give you a chance to see their originall furniture, their barn complete with farm machinery, and the grounds and gardens. On site you'll also find a book store, a video about the Eisenhower's, and special exhibits.
Two other interesting stops on your Gettysburg history tour are General Lee's Headquarters and the Jennie Wade House. At the General Lee's Headquarters, you'll see this stone house, Rt. 30 West, eight blocks west of Lincoln Square, 717-334-3141, where General Lee and some of his staff worked on July 1, 1863, on their plans for the battle of Gettysburg. Inside you will find a collection of Civil War relics including rifles, carbines, pistols, sabers, bullet molds, powder flasks, uniforms, surgical instruments, saddles and rate photos. At the Jennie Wade House, 528 Baltimore St, 717-334-4100 you'll learn about Jennie's life and how she became the only Gettysburg citizen killed in the battle.
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