The David Wills House
Welcome to The David Wills House, the world-class house turned museum that explains the results and aftermath of the Battle of Gettysburg, as well as President Lincoln's famous Gettysburg Address, which was written here. The museum is comprised of 6 different galleries covering the everything from Lincoln's stay while writing the address to the man that owned the house himself, David Wills.
David Wills was a highly prominent town attorney who both tended to the wounded during and after the battle and also lobbied for farm and field compensation for those affected by the battle. Wills' office, which is one of the 2 meticulously restored rooms you can view while here, is the spot in which he would receive regular inquiries from families looking for loved ones after the battle, a spot that is both tragic and triumphant.
The other of the 2 restored rooms (restored to 1863 originality) is the bedroom that Lincoln slept in during his Gettysburg Address preparation. The speech, as you probably already know, transformed this 'place of death and devastation to a symbol of our nation's 'new birth of freedom''.