|Bus to Eisenhower Home Site|
|Front of house|
With its peaceful setting and view of South Mountain, it was a much needed respite from Washington and a backdrop for efforts to reduce Cold War tensions. General and Mrs. Eisenhower donated their home and farm to the National Park Service in 1967, with the condition that they would live their life out there
After living in approximately 32 places that they never owned this house was to become their very first home.
Two years later, General Eisenhower died at the age of 78. Mrs. Eisenhower rejected the idea of moving to Washington to be closer to family and friends and continued to live on the farm until her death in 1979. The National Park Service opened the site in 1980.
The farm to this day is a working farm and you can also visit it and walk around the entire estate and farm,
The tour started out as a guided tour but once they told you a lot of information about the Eisenhowers you were pretty much allowed to roam throughout the house and farm. We had a very enjoyable and fact filled day while visiting President Eisenhowers and Mamie's Home & Farm.
Dobbin House Tavern
Dobbin House Tavern
Four Score and Seven years before the Civil War Battle of Gettysburg, (1776), Reverend Alexander Dobbin built a house to begin a new life in America for himself and his family. Today his home, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a colonial restaurant where candlelit elegance, superior food in abundance, and gracious service bring back the sights, sounds and tastes of two centuries ago. Reverend Dobbin had 10 children with his first wife and when she died he remarried a woman with 9 children. A total of 19 children were raised within this historic home.
In the mid-1800's, a secret crawl space, featured in "National Geographic", served as a "station" for hiding runaway slaves on their perilous journey to freedom on the "Underground Railroad." After the battle of Gettysburg ceased, and the armies had departed, it served as a hospital for wounded soldiers of both the North and the South.
We met friends here for lunch and they reccomended the Onion Soup and they were so right ~ it was the best I have ever had...YUM!
As a truly authentic colonial tavern, patrons of the Dobbin House may "eat, drink and be merry".
We loved visiting Gettysburg and had a lot of fun. It was great visiting the home of one of our Presidents, Dwight D. Eisenhower. Now we move on to Hershey, Pa. where we will be going to of course Hershey Chocolate Factory. We will also be visiting the PA Dutch Community and the Amish area.