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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

A Ride Through Gettysburg, PA

We arrived in Gettysburg, Pa and checked into Artillery Ridge Campground Resort.  I don't want to go on about the Campground so just go on over to read my review ~ click the campground name.   I would not come back to this park!!  I will say that once we finally got set up and learned how to avoid the mud puddles at the door of Tassie and avoided the nasty attitude woman in the front office we had a great time here.

Battle of Gettysburg, by Currier and Ives.pngOK enough with all that ~ after we set up Tassie we got into the car and headed for the cute historic town of Gettysburg which is just chocked full of Civil War history.  On our ride around town we saw many of the homes that were here during the battle.  Here are a few statistics on the Battle.  For a complete rundown of the battle click here.

During the entire battle there was only one civilian casualty, Jennie Wade. Jennie was 20 years old at the time of the battle. She had gone to her sister's home on Baltimore street to assist her because her sister had just had a baby. During the battle Jennie was baking bread to feed the soldiers when a stray bullet came through two doors and killed her instantly. The bullet struck Jennie in the back beneath her left shoulder blade embedding itself in her corset, killing her instantly. To see a complete story about Jennie Wade click here. You can tour the house and hear the story of Jennie Wade. Bullet holes and all!
Some folks say the house is haunted

We also stopped at the Gettysburg History Center to see the diorama. The Battle of Gettysburg in a truly unique and original light and sound show that is fully narrated. The three days of the epic battle are presented across a three dimensional landscape that is the largest military diorama in the United States. At first I thought it was going to be very cheesy but soon I was deep into it as they explained the entire 3 day battle.

While walking around town we also found the cutest old restaurant called Dobbin House Restaurant & Tavern.  Built in 1776 ~ they built houses back in the day to last a long time.  We decided to come back for lunner (you know lunch & dinner) for what they called there famous Onion Soup.  I love onion soup and have had it many places so I just have to come back and have some at this place.

We also went by the Farnsworth Inn ~ Built in 1810, Gettysburg's Farnsworth House Inn has been called "one of the most haunted inns in America. During the Civil War, Farnsworth House Inn was taken over by Confederate soldiers. Sharpshooters were up in the attic and one shot Jennie Wade, the only civilian to die during the three-day battle of Gettysburg. The hundred-plus bullet holes on Farnsworth House Inn's south side wall attest to the fighting during the bloodiest battle of the Civil War.

Riding & walking through the town gave us the opportunity to see a lot of the homes that were there during the Civil War.  It is hard to believe that so many of them survived the biggest and bloodiest battle during the war.

Enjoy my slide show of some of the Historic Homes in Gettysburg

Have Fun, Travel Safe & Stay Healthy!!!


Jim and Sandie said...

We loved the Dobbin House. Ate downstairs and Jim got to flirt with the wench serving us. So much fun.

Anonymous said...

Hi Donna! Oh, I'm sorry your park wasn't up to your liking and should have just punched that nasty gal in the stomach! :) I'm kidding but in my mind I do that some times.
I've been to the battlegrounds but don't remember going through the little town. I have heard how haunted it is! You'll have to tell us if you run into a ghost! :)
Be safe and have fun.
Shelia ;)

Margie and Roger said...

It was Jim and Sandie that recommended Dobbin House to us and we really enjoyed it too. Sorry the campground wasn't to your liking. We stayed in the back section and had good satellite - but we don't have allergies to horse flies and it didn't rain when we were there. Plus we had a friendly person in the office. All that sure can make a difference. We asked for a large lot, plus satellite without a bunch of trees. They were building a new section when we were there last year - it was in the back too. We sure enjoyed the battlefield. We took a potato chip tour also.

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