Saturday, November 7, 2015
Eisenhower National Historic Site- Gettysburg, PA
As you know, this particular road trip focused on the Civil War and Presidents. Well, Gettysburg was a big winner this time- as there is more history here than just the Battlefield.
Eisenhower wanted his home and farm to maintain its beauty- he insisted that no parking lot be built here. So, the National Park Service now buses visitors from their visitor center to the home. It is actually very nice and convenient.
At the home, a guide gives a pretty thorough overview of the place, telling of the Eisenhower's desire to return to Gettysburg (Dwight trained here during his military time), how they bought the property, and how photographers would try to get pictures of the family at the property. Luckily, a kind neighbor helped the Eisenhowers maintain their privacy.
Our guide talked about how visitors from outside of the US often come to Gettysburg to see the Eisenhower home. If they have time, they may tour the Battlefield. Americans come to see the Battlefield, and if they have time, they may add a visit to the Eisenhower site. All (including a couple from England) agreed with this observation.
We spent a good amount of time touring the home here. You are welcomed by a guide once inside. A page with information on the rooms of the house is also given, and then you can tour the home and property as you wish! I really enjoyed this, as you could pace yourself at your own speed. Also, photos were allowed here! I personally enjoyed the opportunity to see several of Dwight's original paintings!
Oh, I also wanted to mention that other points of interest for President Eisenhower fans are all over Gettysburg! Our Battlefield Guide pointed out some to us on our Battlefield Tour! Again, this is a great town for not just Civil War fans, but for all fans of history!