Gettysburg, PA – The Gettysburg Foundation will open the historic George Spangler Farm Civil War Field Hospital Site to visitors from June 5 through August 16, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Visitors will be transported back to July and August of 1863 as they walk in the footsteps of those who experienced the disruption and carnage of the battle of Gettysburg. The George Spangler Farm is one of the best examples of a Civil War field hospital site on the battlefield today, where upwards of 1,900 men, including Confederate Brig. Gen. Lewis A. Armistead, were treated for wounds both minor and fatal.
The Gettysburg Foundation and the National Park Service are offering four new, experiential programs in 2015 that build on the stories of the Spangler family, the fighting, medical care and the dead.
· George Spangler Family at Work (30 minutes) – Join National Park Service Living Historians demonstrating trades of the period and get a glimpse of civilian life at the farm every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 10:15 a.m
· Manning the Guns: Artillery at the Spangler Farm (30 minutes) – Over 100 Union cannon occupied the fields surrounding the George Spangler Farm during the Battle of Gettysburg. Join National Park Service Living Historians and discover the experiences of Civil War artillerists by becoming a member of a cannon crew at work every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 11:15 a.m.
· An Army Field Hospital: The George Spangler Farm (30 minutes) – Discover the field hospital established at the Spangler Farm, where over 1,900 soldiers wounded were cared for in the aftermath of the battle of Gettysburg. Programs are every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 12:15 p.m.
· The Last Full Measure: The Dead at the Spangler Farm (30 minutes) – In addition to a field hospital, the Spangler Farm became a massive burial ground for those who gave “the last full measure of devotion.” Explore the site of this field hospital cemetery and the story of those buried there every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 1:15 p.m.
New and seasoned visitors of all ages will be able to learn about 1860s farm life, artillery, Civil War medicine and field hospital systems, soldier burials and more with the help of National Park Service Interpretive Rangers and Living Historians who share the stories of the soldiers, military leaders, surgeons, chaplains and civilians who suffered the realities of war at the George Spangler Farm.
Though the Spangler Farm underwent many changes over the last 152 years, its authenticity remained intact and its future has been secured through the generous donations of those who helped the Gettysburg Foundation purchase the 80-acre property residing within the boundaries of Gettysburg National Military Park. Preservation, rehabilitation and restoration work at the Spangler Farm offer a vantage point to help orient visitors to the battle of Gettysburg, the aftermath and the evolution of medical care in the 1860s.
The George Spangler Farm will be accessible 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, June 5 – August 16, via shuttle bus only from the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center. Shuttle tickets are required and will be sold at the ticket counter in the lobby of the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center, 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA. Adult ticket price is $5 and youth ticket (ages 6 to 12) is $2. Children under age 6 are free.
Learn more about the George Spangler Farm at http://www.gettysburgfoundation.org/spangler.
The George Spangler Farm offers new
programs June 5 – August 16
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