Gettysburg’s 150th is Gateway to Nearby Civil War Experiences
National Civil War Museum: Harrisburg is home to one of the largest museums dedicated exclusively to both sides of the Civil War. The museum offers a full understanding of the conflict, as well as exploring the experience of both civilians and soldiers.
U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center: Located in Carlisle, the center features an interactive one-mile outdoor trail with several Civil War aspects and a huge Civil War photography collection to explore.
Hopewell Furnace: See how pig iron production was vital to making Civil War weapons. This national historic site joins the Central Pennsylvania African American Museum — a stop on the Underground Railroad — and other heritage locations on the Greater Reading Civil War Trail. Learn more at the Civil War entry for Trails under “Things To Do” atgogreaterreading.com.
Steam into History: New this year, step aboard this 1800s-style steam locomotive in New Freedom for a taste of railroad history while enjoying a ride featuring re-enactors on and off the train and a stop at Hanover Junction — where President Lincoln changed trains on his way to give the Gettysburg Address.
President James Buchanan’s Wheatland: This national historic landmark in Lancaster is the home of the man who preceded Lincoln in the White House and struggled to calm a divided nation on the brink of civil war.
To plan a visit, see the DCR entry under “Civil War Trails” at visitpa.com/pa-road-trips.