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Editor's Letter

Summer always seems to fly by in historic Gettysburg. We are back again with the latest issue of The Gettysburg Experience, bringing you more articles of interest, delicious recipes, and our updated Calendar of Events. The Calendar begins on page 11 of this issue.   Read More >

A Conversation with Ed Bearss

One never knows who you might meet by chance in Gettysburg over the anniversary weekend. My husband ran into Ed Bearss, notably the foremost authority on Civil War history, at a local Gettysburg restaurant on July 1. The 94-year-old Marine and World War II veteran was kind enough to allow us to interview him at his home as a result of that chance meeting.

Edwin Cole Bearss, probably the most widely recognized historian alive today, is a delight to visit. His intellect is excessively sharp and his memory even more so. Those who have been with him on any battlefield in the nation know that once he closes his eyes and begins to speak in that sure, stentorian tone, they are going to learn something.  Read More >

The Wentz House: "Goodbye and God Bless You" 

The Peach Orchard was the scene of terrible destruction, and many men, Union and Confederate, were precipitated to their deaths in the whirlwind of battle the late afternoon of July 2, 1863. In addition to the Sherfy Farm which still stands, a small log house and a few outbuildings were located at the intersection of the Emmitsburg and Wheatfield Roads. John Wentz and his wife, Mary, were the elderly occupants and owners of the small house which no longer stands.

The Wentz ancestors came from Germany, and their Wentz descendants, like so many Pennsylvania families, are plentiful. The surname is derived from the word that means “vintage” in German, and many were European wine makers. The surname is found as far back as 1277 in Switzerland. Several Wentz immigrants came to Pennsylvania in the early 18th century. John Wentz’s ancestor was Frederick Wentz, who came to Pennsylvania from Germany in 1749. His brothers, Philip and Valentine, preceded him to the colony in 1743. Read More >

Hickory Bridge Farm: 40 Years of Hospitality

In the foothills west of Gettysburg stands a farm that has enjoyed a long history of hospitality. Hickory Bridge Farm, located at 96 Hickory Bridge Road in Orrtanna, celebrates its 40th anniversary on August 6th. 

Proprietor Mary Lynn Martin considers the farm’s myriad guests her friends. Never a newcomer to the business, she grew up in the Fairfield Inn – which her parents, Dr. and Mrs. James Hammett, owned at the time. When they sold it, they then purchased what was the old Herring Farm during the Civil War – an 18th century farm that remains one of the oldest in the area. They renamed it Hickory Bridge Farm, using the old homestead as a bed and breakfast inn. The barn was refurbished into a spacious dining area where countless guests have enjoyed thousands of home-cooked country meals.    Read More >

In Plain Sight: Some Overlooked Gettysburg Spots

Gettysburg is indeed one of America's historic treasures. The pivotal battle that occurred here in the summer of 1863 still resonates around the world. Visitors to the old-fashioned town and its surrounding fields of battle cannot imagine that a lifetime of study can be found in Gettysburg.  Read More >

Charles Graham at Gettysburg: "It Is Dreadful" 

The sultry afternoon and evening of July 2, 1863 proved to be Gettysburg’s bloodiest day. The rash disobedience of a high-ranking Union commander Dan Sickles helped to obfuscate the conflict that day, redeploying his men along the outer fringes of the Union line he was supposed to occupy from Cemetery Ridge to the Round Tops. The places where men of the Union Third Corps were placed instead have since become famous in Gettysburg’s annals: Devil’s Den, the Wheatfield, and the Peach Orchard.  Read More >

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magazine, a publication exploring the Gettysburg of yesterday and today. We offer an array of interesting articles – most of which have a direct relation to historic Gettysburg from the Colonial era through the turn of the 21st century, often with an emphasis on the famous battle that occurredin the summer of 1863.

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