1-Day Civil War Tour of Gettysburg

Day 1 You'll See:

Does your group only have 1-day to try to see all the fine Civil War sites in Gettysburg? No worries, we have you covered! See the Battlefield, Military Park, and Eisenhower Historic Site, and even have lunch at a historic tavern!


Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center 

When visiting the Gettysburg National Military Park, this should most certainly be your first stop.The Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, off Baltimore Pike, provides guests with a museum experience covering the American Civil War, an impressive Cyclorama depicting the final battle, and a tour center with licensed certified guides.At the Museum of the Civil War, your group can explore 22,000 square feet of exhibit space, the floors filled with relics of battle, interactive activities, and multimedia presentations. Learn all about the conflict of battle and its aftermath, as well as the personal stories of the soldiers themselves. Catch the 20-minute 'A New Birth of Freedom' film, narrated by Morgan Freedom, or head to the Gettysburg Cyclorama. This massive piece shows the 'final fury' of Pickett's Charge, a battle that took place right here.For more in-depth information head to the onsite Resource Room or Bookstore. There is also a Refreshment Saloon onsite, with drinks and sandwiches served in a sort of Civil War soldier rest stop atmosphere. Reserve a battlefield tour or opt-in to take the free shuttle to Eisenhower National Historic site before you go!

Gettysburg Battlefield Tour 

The American Civil War Museum is located in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The location contains a gift shop that has several items to browse. Featured categories include books, educational materials, Civil War sculpture, collectibles, souvenirs, and apparel.Student groups visiting can participate in programs that are fascinating and engaging dealing with the Battle of Gettysburg. They will rediscover what life was like for the civilians before, during and after the battle on the Heritage of a Town Tour. Features include historical documents, artifacts, interactive displays and 3-D programs. You will learn how ordinary people did extraordinary things during a time of crisis. The tour concludes with the film “Three Days that Changed a Town.” The film takes an in-depth look at the three-day battle, including the aftermath and also the dedication of Soldiers’ National Cemetery.There are several interactive programs featured at the museum. These include: Learning to be a Civil War Soldier, The language of fans and parasols, Who wore what and why, Conversing with a newspaper editor of the time, and Children of the Civil War. If your student group would like a specific program, they will tailor to your needs.

Lunch at Dobbin House Tavern 

Tonight for dinner your group is in for a real treat, a delicious meal at one of the absolute oldest establishments in all of Gettysburg, the Dobbin House Tavern. Established in 1776 by Reverand Alexander Dobbin, this 12-acre battlefield farmhouse/historic B&B/Alehouse and Restaurant is one of the most historically accurate spots in Gettysburg, the home 'beautifully and authentically restored' to look exactly as it did when first built. The house itself provides free tours and history lessons on Mr. Dobbin, his family, and his role in local society, and the various eateries provide a meal with tastes and ambiance straight from the 18th century.For dinner, you have a couple different choices. You can have a more casual dining experience at Springhouse Tavern, an 'alehouse set amidst three natural springs' that serves up fresh deli sandwiches for lunch and generous dinner platters for supper! For a more authentic, fine-dining experience then head to the Alexander Dobbin Dining Rooms, an eating experience set within 6 historic rooms (dining room, parlor, library, study, bedroom, spinning room, and the Abigal Adams Ballroom for larger groups). This is the eatery 'where candlelit elegance, superior food in abundance, and gracious service bring back the sights, sounds, and tastes of two centuries ago.' Try the Hunters Chicken, NY Colonial Strip Steak, Of Flesh and Fish platter, or potato of the day, it's all delicious!Be sure to stop by the Curiosity Store on your way out!

Eisenhower National Historic Site 

The Eisenhower National Historic Site is the former weekend retreat of President and General Eisenhower, as well as a regularly used meeting place for world leaders of the time. The entire property consists of several acres of cropland, historic barns, and peaceful Angus-grazed pastures, not to mention the elegant house itself and it's impressive putting greens.Start your visit by exploring the house, from the lavish living room to the First Ladies pink bathroom. See the sunporch and kitchen, as well as all the bedrooms in between. The house is adjacent to the Gettysburg Battlefield, with an excellent view of the South Mountain.The site provides various educational programs for 4th-12th graders, plus professional development opportunities for teachers and in-classroom programs.