Gettysburg: A Borough of Ghosts and History

While we celebrate the country's birthday, I wanted to share some great shots from this past weekend!  

Gettysburg is a borough (and town) full of proud residents (mostly living) and history around every corner!  We visited this past weekend on the 153rd anniversary of the battle (July 1-3, 1983) and decided to take a ghost walk!  We walked the main parts of town stopping at the cemetery, a park, hotel and original buildings still standing and used today.  Our guide told us some interesting stories you wont find in history books for sure!  We also drove the auto tour and found some beautiful and touching sites, all reminding us how hard life was for so many back in the 1800s... 

The Pennsylvania Memorial is the battlefield's largest and one of over 12 state monuments.

The Pennsylvania Memorial is the battlefield's largest and one of over 12 state monuments.

Beautiful patina on these canons, just outside the Pennsylvania Memorial

Two to a tent... 

Demonstrating the medicinal uses for herbs

Reenactments were going on in all parts of the Battlefield areas

Looking for ghosts in the windows!

Written on the Eternal Light Peace Memorial - words to think on.

The Eternal Light Peace Memorial was our second stop along the auto tour. It is so open and well, peaceful there and the view is beautiful.

Here is the full text from Lincoln's quote above: "With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations." Abraham Lincoln

If you haven't had an opportunity to visit this historic area, make time!  It is worth a day or two of exploring!  

Stay sweet!
sam.