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The James Gettys Hotel is located in historic downtown Gettysburg, which was established in 1787. Today, many of the original buildings have been restored and a self-guided walking tour brochure is available at the hotel lobby. Or you can download the new Gettysburg walking tour app . The tour will take you by many historic structures that have molded the heart of our community. The home of David Wills is now open to the public and fully restored by the National Park Service. The David Wills House is the place where President Lincoln stayed when he came to Gettysburg in Novmeber, 1863 and put the finishing touches on his famous speech, the Gettysburg Address. Licensed Town Guide Walking Tours are available with your personal town guide, you will hear human interest stories about our town relating to the battle and our towns history.

As you walk through Gettysburg, you will also be intrigued by the many unique shops. As you stroll down Chambersburg Street past the hotel, you will pass Lord Nelson's Gallery, featured on our website. For more infomation on our many specialty shops and galleries please visit http://www.gettysburg.travel/visitor/shop.asp Our pick favorites are Spirited Ladies, A&A Village Treasures, Blue Brick Gallery, Gettysburg Frame Shop, A Little Irish too, and so many more. Every month the Gettysburg Area Retail Merchants Association hosts "First Friday Gettysburg Style".

Nightly ghost tours are offered by Ghosts of Gettysburg, whose main office can be found on Baltimore Street. Just a few doors down from the Ghost office, you will find the Shriver House Museum, a living history museum where you can step back in time to 1863 and learn of the Shriver family and their life during the Battle of Gettysburg. This is a must see museum!! Further down Baltimore Street vist Lincoln in Art and on to Steinwehr Avenue, you will find Tessa's Habitat and Dale Gallon's Gallery. The shops are endless and varied from the finest art to the simplest souvenir.

Gettysburg offers a number of tour possibilities. You can hire a Licensed Battlefield Guide at the National Park Visitors Center, who, for a reasonable fee, will accompany you and your companions on a guided tour of the battlefield. You can also tour the battlefield in a fully restored 1930's Yellowstone tour bus from Historic Tours. Battlefield tape tours are also available - we recommend the Gettysburg Battlefield Tape Tour produced by Greystone Communications and sold at the National Park Visitor Center. Horseback tours and Segway tours add a unique twist to your tour experience.

Gettysburg's newest attraction is the National Park Visitor Center located about 1 1/2 miles south of Gettysburg on the Baltimore Pike (Route 97 South). The vast museum will take you through the causes of the Civil War as well as other battles between 1860-1865. The main focus is on the Battle of Gettysburg and the story is told thru the life of the common soldier, the correspondants and the civilians themselves. An orientation film narrated by Morgan Freeman is a must see! The Cyclorama is a huge oil painting depicting Pickett's Charge. The painting is longer than a football field and over 26 feet high. Cyclorama which means 'painting in the round' was a popular form of entertainment in the late 1800's. They were originally shown to make a person feel as though they were in the midst of the battle. This exhibit now includes the sky and accompanying diarama and which has been fully restored. Another must see part of our nation's history.

The center is also the site where you can purchase tickets to tour the Eisenhower National Historic Site. Shuttle buses leave from the visitor center on a scheduled basis and take you to the only home President and Mrs. Eisenhower ever owned. Once at the farm you will take a self guided tour of the home and the grounds. This tour takes about 2 hours and is a nice addition to your Gettysburg experience.

Other Local Activities of Adams County include:

  • Antiquing
  • Visiting the Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site
  • Golfing at well over a dozen courses all within a 30 minute drive
  • Hiking a potion of the Appalachian Trail and other state park trails included in Caledonia State Park and Michaux State Forest.
  • Downhill and Cross-Country Skiing
  • Tour local wineries including Adams County Winery, Hauser Estate Winery and Reid's Orchard and Winery
  • Sampling local produce at our many orchards and fruit markets (Farmers Market on the Square - every Saturday from 7:00 AM - 12:00 noon - June through September) Great Markets to visit include - The historic Round Barn, Boyer Nursery and McDannell's Fruit Farm and Market.
  • Spa services - we recommend Gettysburg Day Spa a full spa located just a block away from the hotel.
  • and anything else we can help you find

We will do our best to make your stay as memorable as possible.

James Gettys Hotel   27 Chambersburg Street  
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325
Tel: 717-337-1334 or 1-888-900-5275  Fax: 717-334-2103
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