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This 3-Day Gettysburg Get-Around will show your group the most educational, enthralling, and extremely historic sites in the area, from walking tours in the historic district to local museums and battle sites that give you the most insight to the battles, times, and local people.
American Stories Walking Tour
This insightful trek along the streets of the historic district brings to life 'the true stories of the 1863 civilians as they are surrounded by battle'.The tour guides dress in period attire, allowing your group to get that much closer to the past. The tour will take you about 6-8 blocks around the district, lasting a total of about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Learn about daily life in the town, the impact of the infamous battles on local lives, and interesting tidbits about families and businesses of the past. These dynamic tours are also accompanied by additional interactive programs, as well as a wide variety of custom tours and seated programs intended to 'delight and inform'.
Shriver House Museum
This 19th-century home-turned-museum is the perfect spot for your group to learn all about the Civil War, its local impact, and how the daily lives of civilians went on during the war. The house itself is the former home of a local Civil War soldier's family and it explores the civilian experience, with several stories about the family and their daily lives. George, Hettie, Sadie (7), and Mollie all have insightful stories to tell, and walking through the meticulously restored rooms that once belonged to them will help tell them!
Dobbins 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. Try the Hunters Chicken, NY Colonial Strip Steak, Of Flesh and Fish platter, or potato of the day, it's all delicious!
Hollabaugh Bros Orchard Tour
This spot is a family owned and operated fruit and vegetable farm and retail farm market, open in-season Mon-Sat 9-4, Sun 12-4. Open since 1955, Hollabaugh bros offer guests the finest and freshest apples, pears, peaches, nectarines, blackberries, apricots, raspberries, strawberries, plums, corn, asparagus, Asian pears, and tomatoes. While here you can pick your own apples, if the season is right, participate in orchard scavenger hunts, attend various classes and workshops and events such as festivals, ladies teas, parties, holiday celebrations, and Small Business Saturdays.
Gettysburg Museum of History
With over 4,000 historic artifacts representing various American wars, this private and free museum makes for an excellent educational stop while in Gettysburg for any age group or interest level! The Gettysburg Museum of History provides guests with exhibits, artifacts, and educational gifts and artifacts, the exhibits including subjects such as American Civil War, Major Dick Winters Collection, WWI, WWII, Presidents, and Other Historical Artifacts. There are also exhibits covering 'pop culture' during those periods of time, an oftentimes overlooked but an overall really important aspect of war culture.
Featured tours include the following: The Author’s Tour, The Award Winning Black Cat Tour, The Battle cry Tour, “Scare on the Square” Tour, XTREME Ghost Hunt, and Ghost Hunts. During the Award Winning Black Cat Tour, students will travel the dark alleys by candlelight to locations which were active battlefields and homes. Featured locations include Lincoln Cemetery, the Farnsworth House, the Grove, the Haunted Creek Bed, the Rupp House Museum, the Dobbin House, the Jennie Wade House, the Orphanage and the Victorian Photo Studio.
Today your group can choose to head 1.5 hours north to Hershey's Chocolate World to let loose and have some serious fun, or stay in town and enjoy the Gettysburg Battlefield Tour. Grab some lunch on your way out of town!
Hershey's Chocolate World (1.5 hours north)
Welcome to Hershey’s Chocolate World, one of the most iconic chocolate locations in the U.S. while here you can take part in the Great American Chocolate Tour, 4D Chocolate Mystery, the Create your own Chocolate Bar experience, and even a chocolate tasting. There is also an onsite bakery, food court, gift shop, and a Trolley tour! The 4D mystery will provide your group with an immersive mystery experience full of digital animation and special effects, an experience different every time with over 100 different variations. The chocolate tasting will take you on a cocoa-flavored journey that starts at milk chocolate and ends at dark chocolate, giving you the flavorful spectrum in between along the way.
Battlefield Tour and Lunch
Student groups visiting can participate in programs that are fascinating and engaging in 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.