With the coming of autumn and the start of a new school year, it is an excellent time to be in historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. To help commemorate the season, we at The Gettysburg Experience offer you a new issue packed with articles of historic import, delicious recipes, and our newly updated Calendar of Events – all which begin on page 11.Read More >
The Battle of Gettysburg, and Pickett’s Charge in particular, have evinced from history a wrenching and unforgettable page. The charge, named for one of the three division commanders who led troops across the nearly mile-wide field toward Cemetery Ridge, is officially named Longstreet’s Assault, since General Longstreet, Lee’s trusted Lieutenant General, was actually overseeing the massive attack that last day at Gettysburg. Another name offered for the famous battle is the Pickett-Pettigrew-Trimble Assault.Read More >
The quilt for many centuries has been an iconic American symbol, and it will likely never go out of style. Needle and Thread, a place for all things quilted and sewn, has its own iconic standing in Gettysburg, celebrating its 32nd anniversary this summer. Owner Darlene Grube explains her three decades of success simply by saying: “I just love to sew and quilt.” Apparently, lots of others do too, as Needle and Thread Fabrics continues to thrive at 2215 Fairfield Road, located just west of the historic town of Gettysburg. Read More >
Few building which stand in Gettysburg are more recognizable than the brick Gatehouse of the town’s Evergreen Cemetery. It stands on Cemetery Hill, the archway that welcomes visitors to one of the nation’s most historic cemeteries. Yet, historically speaking, Evergreen is actually young as cemeteries go.
A committee was gathered to decide upon and build “a public Cemetery for the burial of the dead of the town and vicinity…”. Several meetings and proceedings ensued, with stockholders sought for funding. The land on Cemetery Hill was purchased in 1854 for just under two thousand dollars. At the time a total of 118 lots were available for purchase, sold for $10 each. The gatehouse was built in 1856. The cornerstone was laid in February 1856 – the same day the caretaker, Peter Thorn, was hired. Read More >
It’s that time of year again, where we chronicle the last ten decades ending in the number corresponding with the current year in which we live. As always, it is interesting to see that, in the past century there has been a lot of change, and yet many issues remain the same:
The Year 1916: As the Great War enveloped most of Europe, with evil tidings spreading across the Atlantic and causing unrest in the United States, the year 1916 was one of turmoil. It was also an election year. The current President, Woodrow Wilson, ran on the slogan “He Kept Us Out of War” – and he won a close race against his rival, Charles Evans Hughes of New York. The majority of the United States’ citizenry wanted to avoid war at all costs. It would prove useless, however. Within months of reelection, Wilson would petition Congress to declare war on Germany.Read More >