There is no better place to find treasures of the past than Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. For decades, The Antique Center of Gettysburg, located at 30 Baltimore Street, has enjoyed a renowned reputation for its consistent offering of antiques, militaria, books, and vintage merchandise of the highest quality.
For nearly twenty years, Ken Boardman was the owner of The Antique Center, while it was located in Lincoln Square at the David Wills House. The store moved to 30 Baltimore Street, just south of the square, when the National Park Service took over the historic Wills House.
Ken, deciding to retire, told two of his quality antique dealers, Wayne and Colleen Stevens, of his plans. The Stevenses, who had lived originally in Gettysburg, had moved a few years ago, due to Wayne’s profession. He was concierge at the Gettysburg Wyndham, and then later was transferred to Lancaster. “We always wanted to come back to Gettysburg,” Colleen says. “And when we learned Ken wanted to retire, we decided this was it.”
The Antique Center still has over 100 showcases of quality antiques, with a special emphasis on the Civil War era; although there are ample inventories for World Wars I and II, as well as the Korean and Vietnam Wars. There is also an expansion of vintage and some of the larger items upstairs. There are vast collections of militaria, photographs, documents, coins, jewelry, crystal and dishware – from the smallest iota to the enormous, including a life-sized statue of Winston Churchill. “People often have their picture taken with him,” Wayne says. “He’s a favorite.”
The center remains much the same as it was for the last twenty years – including seeing Ken there, who works three days a week. “I am a fixture,” he admits, and the new owners are glad to have him. “What Ken has built has worked for such a long time,” Colleen explains, “and if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.”
The many long-time customers and increasing clientele agree.
Wayne and Colleen are extremely interested in all eras of history, and have been antique collectors and vendors for many years. They actually met at the Cyclorama, introduced by Ken’s wife, Sue, who is the historian for the great painting with The Gettysburg Foundation. The Stevenses were later married at the Cyclorama as well, and maintain a special affection for Gettysburg. As the new owners of The Antique Center, the couple have come back to stay.
The Antique Center maintains daily business hours, except for Tuesdays, when the store is closed. It is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays noon to six. The store will remain open later for Remembrance Day. For more information on the plethora of items offered here, or for questions, contact the website at www.antiquecenter-getty.com or call 717-337-3669.
Stop in and see the timeless treasures at The Antique Center of Gettysburg. And prepare to spend some time to see it all.