A Day Trip to Downtown Gettysburg & Gettysburg National Military Park
Over Labor Day weekend I took my girls to Gettysburg, PA. We live about half an hour away, so we've been there many times. I love going to the Visitor's Center museum and the Soldier's National Cemetery. This time we spent a lot of time strolling downtown for some shopping and sightseeing. The downtown shopping area is interspersed with historical buildings and monuments and is just down the street from the far side of the cemetery.
Shopping in downtown Gettysburg consists of numerous gift shops as well as unique independently-owned boutiques, like The Crystal Wand - as it's name suggests, is a metaphysical shop with herbs and spell supplies. The girls love going in to get pretty gemstones.
Ghost tours make up a huge portion of the tourist attractions in Gettysburg. This time we went into the bookshop of the Gettysburg Paranormal Association which offers ghost tours so my daughter Kylie could get a book about haunted Gettysburg. She chose one that turned out to be written by a very kind woman behind the counter - Johlene "Spooky" Riley" - the founder of the Gettysburg Paranormal Association and lead investigator. She signed Kylie's book for her and told us all about her very first encounter with the paranormal.
The Dobbin House w/restaurant and gift shop (Gettysburg's oldest and most historic home) is one of my favorite stops downtown, mostly because the gift shop sells the most delicious old-fashioned candies. I'm still thinking about the huckleberry caramel I had yesterday (and kicking myself for just buying one piece). The entire Dobbin House experience includes the gift shop, tavern, colonial style dining, and the Gettystown Inn Bed and Breakfast. It's hard to find a historic bed and breakfast up here that will allow children under 12, but the Gettystown Inn at Dobbin House allows "well-mannered" children over the age of five.
Though this statue isn't the largest or the most impressive at Gettysburg, I find it fascinating. It's a memorial to Jennie Wade - the only civilian to die during the Civil War, hit by a stray bullet. The statue marks the actual spot where she died. She is holding a loaf of bread because she was kneading bread dough for Union soldiers when she was killed.
After shopping downtown we parked near the cemetery and walked in the other direction through the battlefields that lead from Soldier's National Cemetery to the large state of Pennsylvania monument. Along that stretch you can see all kinds of memorials, cannons, and battlefield fencing.
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