By: Traci Kerns
(Traci Kerns is a full time History Teacher, part time world traveler, aficionado of delicious food and good living.)
|A view from the summit of Little Round Top|
|Door to Jenny Wade House|
In addition to your visit to the park, a ghost tour is a delightful distraction to add to your itinerary. There are plenty to choose from along Steinwehr Avenue, which is also where you will find most of your tourist shopping. A favorite stop for ghost tours is the Jennie Wade House, home of the only civilian killed during the battle, as she kneaded dough in her kitchen for her family and wounded soldiers. Another interesting battle artifact can be found at Mr. G’s Ice Cream parlor. Here, you can sit at a “witness tree” table made from a sycamore that stood along Baltimore Street, which President Lincoln passed on his way to deliver his famous address. Outside of the shop are two additional living witness trees.
|Dobbin House Tavern|
The Gettysburg area also has a rich culinary heritage and its local provisions are well worth your time. To enjoy some history with your victuals, the Dobbin House Tavern is my preferred choice. Built in 1776, the romantic, cozy tavern area is a casual place to dine after an exhaustive outing to the battlefield – an Adam’s Delight and a glass of local wine will refuel you for the remainder of your day. Make sure you take time to visit the springs that run under the house and peek into the six charming colonial era dining rooms. Leave enough time to visit Reid’s Winery & Cider House Café and Hauser Winery on the main square as you stroll amongst the antique shops (be on the lookout for plaques on homes that tell the stories of inhabitants who witnessed the battle).
With a variety of places to stay, from dreamy bed and breakfasts, large family hotels with pools and the elegant Gettysburg Hotel on the square, Gettysburg is a popular four- season destination and is definitely on my list to return to in the future. It is a quaint location, perfect for spending time wandering the battlefield, imbibing local ciders or driving the surrounding countryside, dotted with covered bridges and breathtaking vistas across wooded hills. Although the small town of Gettysburg is best known for the tragic battle that made it infamous, there is much more to this charming, bygone region that is worth seeking out.