The Gettysburg National Military Park is an alluring landscape located less than 15 minutes from the Cottages at Drummer Boy and was home to one of the most momentous battles of the Civil War. The Union victory at the Battle of Gettysburg crushed the Confederacy’s hopes of independence and foreshadowed the culmination of the war.
Six months after the Battle, President Abraham Lincoln orated his Gettysburg Address nearly 40 yards away from the Soldiers’ National Cemetery located within the National Military Park. President Lincoln’s speech not only promoted the values of The Union, but espoused the significance of human equality set forth “four score and seven years ago” in our Declaration of Independence.
Although the battle was technically a victory for Union soldiers, the residents of Gettysburg were not so fortunate. Unused plots of land became necropolises and nearly any befitting building was turned into a hospital. All of this discord led to the creation of Camp Letterman General Hospital, situated to the East of Gettysburg. Camp Letterman was used to house patients, surgeons, and nurses. This location took part of the strain off of the citizens of Gettysburg and was evacuated by 1864.
Around that time, townspeople who understood the significance of the Battle founded the Gettysburg Battlefield Memorial Association and sought out to preserve the battlefield. In 1895, those individuals relocated their land holdings to the federal government. At this time, the Gettysburg Battlefield Memorial Association became Gettysburg National Military Park. Since then, park administration has undertaken the process of cultivating the physical landscape of the park as well as preserving a rich spiritual heritage that all visitors can admire and learn from.
Today, the Park provides a vast number of tours for visitors from self-guided audio tours to tours on foot, bike, and bus. The Park even accommodates horseback rides provided through local businesses! Despite this marvelous selection of tours, Park administration most highly recommends hiring a Licensed Battlefield Guide for the most inclusive, comprehensive tour possible. These guides are put through rigorous training and tests in order to provide visitors with a descriptive and communicative two-hour tour that they won’t soon forget.
As you can see, a visit to Gettysburg National Military Park should be at the top of your to-do list in Gettysburg, but an incredible day is nothing unless it’s followed by an incredible night. That’s where we come in; Cottages at Drummer Boy strives to provide you with the ultimate in Gettysburg cottages. We know that after a daylong encounter with the historic beauty that is Gettysburg, a cramped hotel room simply will not do. We provide visitors with an authentic and organic Pennsylvania cabin experience that not only allows you to experience nature in classic Gettysburg style, but allows you to be pampered the entire time you’re with us. So go explore Gettysburg National Military Park and come give us a visit while you’re at it!