We had visitors for the Easter long weekend, so we all went on a road trip to Pennsylvania. First stop was Lancaster County, well known for its Amish community. We got off the highway so we could see the gorgeous country side and drive through the covered bridges. We stopped and had a look around some of the little towns in the area with very interesting names, Intercourse, Bird In Hand, Paradise, and Smoketown. We visted the Amish Village in Ronks to learn about the Amish way of life, and tried some of the local bakery goods. We stayed the night in Ephrata and dined at the Olde Lincoln House, the 2nd building to be built in the town in the early 1800’s. The food was delicious!
Then on to Gettysburg, where the Battle of Gettysburg took place 1-3 July 1863 during the Civil War. I don’t think we did this town justice in just 2 days. The Gettysburg Nation Military Park is a must if you visit the area, including the Museum & Cyclorama. We did the narrated bus tour and then drove around on our own and did the walk from the museum to the Soldiers National Cemetery where President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address (and had a wildlife encounter along the way). The preservation of this site is incredible, the restorations including making sure the land is as it was during the battle, so that visitors can get a real sense of what the conditions were like for the soldiers. It is sad that so many people died here.
Walking around the town itself, buildings which have survived the battle or were significant at the time are identified by brass plaques. Some buildings still bare the scares of the battle. It’s rumoured that many locations are haunted. We dined at the Dobbin House Tavern, Gettysburg’s oldest and most historic home, now a restaurant.