If you’re planning a reunion, one of the hardest tasks is finding a location. There are a lot of options out there; it can be difficult to sort through them all. The other thing to consider is the kinds of activities your reunion group will participate in once you’ve arrived. Gettysburg provides reunions with a great destination, intriguing tours and exhibits, and a glimpse into the past.
The Gettysburg Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the preservation of Gettysburg and increasing the understanding of the importance of this historical site. Reunions can spend hours exploring the battlefield and many significant attractions on the grounds.
Your reunion group will begin the experience at the Visitor Center and Museum at Gettysburg National Military Park. Be sure to peruse the 11 exhibits at the Gettysburg Museum of the American Civil War, which features artifacts and interactive displays. The most recent exhibit, With Brush, Mold, Chisel, and Pen: Reflections on Civil War Art, just opened in June 2016 and showcases some of the most celebrated artists of the 19th and early 20th centuries.
A good introduction to Gettysburg is the film A New Birth of Freedom, narrated by Morgan Freeman. The film documents the many causes and consequences of the Civil War and the battle that would be fought at Gettysburg.
The Cyclorama should not be missed. This breathtaking canvas, created by French artist Paul Philippoteaux, measures 377 feet in circumference and 42 feet high—longer than a football field. The oil painting features lights and sound effects that immerse guests in the ferocity of Pickett’s Charge, which took place on the third day of the Battle of Gettysburg.
The Visitor Center is available to rent for large groups if you’d like to have a special reunion lunch or gathering.
One of the best ways to see Gettysburg and discover the significance of the battle is to take a guided tour. Licensed Battlefield Guides are well-trained and knowledgeable resources. You can reserve a guide for your bus, van or car, or take a Battlefield Bus Tour. Your group will learn more about the battle as you make stops at monuments recognizing those who served there.
If you come in the summer, you have the opportunity to visit the George Spangler Farm, probably the best surviving example of a farm that was used as a corps field hospital during the three days of fighting. Nearly 1,900 men were treated there.
At the end of your tour, stop back into the Visitor Center and check the Museum Bookstore and Refreshment Saloon, where your group can pick up a snack and a souvenir or two.
Groups also can tour the nearby Eisenhower Farm—the only home President Dwight Eisenhower and First Lady Mamie ever owned, preserved as it was in the 1950s. Children can become Junior Secret Service Agents.
Groups of 16 or more receive a discounted rate to the museum, film and Cyclorama Experience. To complete your reservation or for additional information, please contact our group sales and reservations department toll free: 877-874-2478.
Gettysburg is a wonderful spot for a reunion. There’s plenty for the whole gang to enjoy and discover.