Why Should You Visit Gettysburg


Robert E Lee Battlefield Memorial

Why should a student travel group be interested in Gettysburg?
History comes to life in Gettysburg. Not only can students learn about Gettysburg’s rich history, but they reflect on history and how that 152-year-old history affects our lives today. Gettysburg is also a place that allows students to explore other experiences beyond the battlefield through engaging tours of the town, visits to local orchards and farm markets, as well as several museums that tell the story of Gettysburg’s history through different lenses.

What are the top three learning experiences for a student group?
The Shriver House and Gettysburg Heritage Center both offer student groups a unique perspective from the civilians of Gettysburg, who endured the arrival of 170,000 soldiers who waged the biggest battle in America’s history. Battlefield tours, as well, often engage students with interactive lessons in loading a cannon or walking the famous Pickett’s Charge battlefield.

Is Gettysburg an educational tour match with Philadelphia and why?
Gettysburg and Philadelphia are a perfect match. America, of course, was born in Philadelphia, but it was saved in Gettysburg – both marking two of the most important times in United States’ history. Student groups looking to spend a few days embedded in American history will find a great connection between the two destinations.

What is the most unusual tour a school group will enjoy?
The Grave Diggers Tour – after the armies left Gettysburg in 1863, the civilians were faced with an immense task of cleaning up the town, littered with dead and wounded soldiers. Residents of this small town were often hired to bury the dead – mostly in what would become the country’s first national cemetery. This tour tells the story of the clean-up effort in the aftermath of the battle.

What is the most popular student tour in the Gettysburg area?
The Gettysburg battlefield is the most popular attraction in Gettysburg. With an abundance of stories – not just stories of facts and figures, but human interest stories – that capture the minds of students and gives them pause to reflect on the country’s history and most trying time.

What is the most misunderstood fact about Gettysburg?
That President Lincoln wrote the Gettysburg Address on the back on an envelope on his way to Gettysburg. Truth be told, Lincoln penned much of the Gettysburg Address in the White House several weeks prior to arriving in Gettysburg, but put the finishing touches on the speech right here in Gettysburg in the second floor of the home of David Wills, today open as a museum dedicated to Lincoln’s visit to Gettysburg.