Founded in 1797 by Scots-Irish settlers on their way to the Shenandoah Valley, Gettysburg is best known as the site of the famous 1863 Civil War battle.
More than 50,000 men died here and the battlefield remains a poignant place where the chilling silence eerily recalls its significant place in American history. The battlefield has been preserved to tell the story of war, yet honor the soldiers who fought for their cause and changed the fate of American history forever.
It was at Gettysburg that the leaders of both the Union and Confederate armies, who would ultimately play out the Civil War to its end, first met. All seemed to understand that the outcome of the war would be determined here. In a bold attempt to invade America’s capital city, the Confederate army amassed thousands of troops ready to open a gateway to take Washington from the north while the Union understood that the ground had to be held at any cost, or the war would be lost. Entire regiments were wiped out as the tide turned against the South.
Months later President Lincoln delivered his much lauded Gettysburg Address here, and urged the nation to unite in democracy. Today the town is surrounded by vineyards, historic villages and quiet timeless countryside.
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Places near Gettysburg
- Baltimore 50 miles away
- Lancaster 52 miles away
- Washington D.C. 66 miles away
- Annapolis 72 miles away
- Front Royal 82 miles away
- St. Michaels 91 miles away
- Philadelphia 111 miles away
- Charlottesville 142 miles away
- Richmond 159 miles away
- Virginia 165 miles away
- Williamsburg 180 miles away
- New York 183 miles away
- Ithaca 185 miles away
- Virginia Beach 217 miles away
- New York State 226 miles away
- Buffalo 228 miles away
- Roanoke 230 miles away
- Rochester 232 miles away
- Niagara Falls 245 miles away
- Stockbridge 266 miles away
- Albany 266 miles away
- Lenox 270 miles away
- Saratoga Springs 288 miles away
- Raleigh 292 miles away
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Accommodation choices for Gettysburg
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Gettysburg. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
Located close to Wills House and Gettysburg Steam Railroad, this hotel is ideally located for anyone visiting the historic town.
Located on the 100-acre Gateway Gettysburg campus, the Wyndham's spacious rooms have been designed to create a period feel but still offer the latest modern amenities and technology.