The George Spangler Farm and its surrounding 80 acres is perhaps the most well preserved site of a Civil War field hospital in existence. Eighteen hundred men were treated here including nearly 200 Confederate Soldiers. This farm is also the site of the death of Confederate General Lewis A. Armistead. The Spangler Farm offers a rare opportunity to interpret the role of field medicine at Gettysburg and in the American Civil War, and the impact of the battle upon the civilian population.
Built in the early 1800s, the farm consists of a main house, a summer kitchen, and a bank barn. While structurally sound, the house and barn are in need of restoration and the summer kitchen (where General Armistead died) —constructed almost entirely of local stone—is in good condition.
In April of 2008, the Gettysburg Foundation encountered a rare opportunity to buy the 80-acre farm for $2 million. While multifaceted, the overall plans for the use of the farm are:
- Ensure the site of General Armistead’s death is preserved, protected, and interpretation is available to visitors
Develop a unique interpretive site for education on Civil War medicine and the work of a Civil War Field Hospital;
Utilize the farmhouse—with an adaptively rehabilitated interior—as the headquarters for the Gettysburg Foundation’s Civil War Leadership Institute
Develop portions of a working 1860s South Central Pennsylvania subsistence farm including educational programs and living history for families and students; and
Construct a hiking/biking trail linking the Spangler Farm to the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center
- Earlier this year, careful design and preparatory work was completed on the barn and non-historic structures were removed from the property.
- Within the next couple months, we will complete the weatherization and emergency stabilization of the barn to prevent further deterioration and potential collapse.
- This spring, we intend to complete the architectural and engineering work on all remaining structures.
- We will continue to raise funds for completion of the preservation and rehabilitation of all structures, for interpretative and education programs at the farm, and for design and construction of the trail.
You can donate to the rehabilitation of the Spangler Farm and projects like this one by clicking here.