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Gettysburg is just one of those great historic places that we’ve been wanting to experience for a long time.  We wanted, of course, to learn more about the battle, but we also wanted to make some family memories together.  It’s important for my daughter to learn about the events that shaped our nation, even if she is only seven-years-old.  Though the events in Gettysburg were tragic, I wanted her to have a basic understanding of what happened along with doing some family-friendly activities.  We spent four nights in Gettysburg, but I think you could easily do a shorter trip or spend more time here.  We spent most our evenings watching the sun set over the battlefield.  Here are our recommendations after experiencing Gettysburg. Take a Tour of the Battlefield We took a tour with the Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides, and it was fantastic! This was the highlight of our…

When my husband and I started planning our trip to Gettysburg, we were pretty clueless.  We’d never been there, and I had no idea what to expect.  Jeff at least had seen the film Gettysburg with its all-star cast including Tom Beringer and Martin Sheen.  I basically knew it was a heartbreaking battle with many casualties.  Oh, and President Lincoln gave a little speech there.  As we were planning, I started hearing about people who had used Licensed Battlefield Guides to tour Gettysburg.  I was intrigued for a couple of reasons.  1.  The guide actually gets in the driver’s seat of your own car and drives you around. 2.  The price for this more individualized tour cost less for our family than the bus tours I had seen.  It seemed like a no-brainer to hire a guide! We read that we should have reservations, so as soon as we had our dates,…

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