Current Projects

Powers Hill/Spangler Farm Trail Project

Funds are currently being raised to construct a new interpretive trail that connects the Museum and Visitor Center to the historic George Spangler Farm through a route accessing Powers Hill. As part of Gettysburg National Military Park’s Comprehensive Trails Plan, this trail will broaden the availability of multimodal experiences and provide alternative ways to access park resources. Spangler Farm and Powers Hill will be drastically more accessible to visitors as a result of this trail.

Rehabilitation of Cemetery Ridge and Cemetery Hill

Cemetery Hill and Cemetery Ridge are key areas on the battlefield that are being returned to 1863 appearance while still providing access for visitors. The removal of the visitor center was a momentous first step that has been followed by restoration of historic topography and landscaping, reconstruction of walls and fence lines, reduction of the parking lot, relocation of monuments to placements intended by Civil War veterans, the replanting of Ziegler’s Grove trees, and more. Thanks to contributors like you, this extensive project is nearing completion.

George Spangler Farm

The George Spangler Farm was dilapidated and neglected when acquired by Gettysburg Foundation in 2008. Your support has helped transform it to a beautifully rehabilitated representation of a functioning 1860’s farm. The sight of a major field hospital, the property now serves as an outdoor classroom where visitors learn about Civil War-era medicine and farm life.

Cannon Carriage Shop

The nearly 400 cannon on the battlefield represent artillery lines and are essential in interpreting the battle, but require intensive care and maintenance. You, and several donors and supporters, provided funding for a brand new cannon carriage shop in 2015. This larger space allows National Park Service staff work more efficiently to preserve these important relics.

Past Projects

Land Acquisition

  • Gettysburg Railroad Station
  • Home Sweet Home motel – last commercial site on fields of “Pickett’s Charge”
  • First Shot Marker site Hoffman farm, 
  • East Cavalry Field 
  • 20th Maine Company B marker site 
  • Weikert farm, Taneytown Road 
  • Blocher farm, Barlow’s Knoll (modern intrusion removed) 
  • Shields house, Mummasburg Road (modern intrusion removed)
  • Baltimore Pike residences (2) (modern intrusions removed)
  • Shea Farm easement (East Cavalry Field)
  • Black Horse Tavern easement Kump property purchase
  • Baltimore Pike corridor—several properties protected
  • George Spangler Farm
  • Big Round Top—45 acres within the Historic District adjacent to Gettysburg National Military Park boundary LeVan property easement—61 acres
  • 45 acres of land south of Big Round Top containing Plum Run

Archive Preservation
  • Brigadier General Hobart Ward’s dress uniform, leather boots, pistol, and presentation sword
  • Diaries of Samuel A. Fisher (14th Vermont Infantry)
  • Bullet removed from General William Barksdale at the Hummelbaugh House
  • Sworded presented to General Grant to commemorate Vicksburg victory
  • Sash and sword belt worn by General John Reynolds on July 1
  • Scarf of CSA Colonel John Mosby
  • Bachelder papers and tintype Rare books replacement for Gettysburg National Military Park library
  • Gettysburg broadside—reinterment of battlefield dead
  • Confederate bayonet and tintype
  • Louisiana belt plate die
  • Collection of Captain Clark, U.S. Signal Corps
  • Officer’s Commission of Lieutenant Bayard Wilkeson
  • Union officer’s coat
  • Eisenhower-style tunic and jacket
  • Camp Letterman surgeon’s box
  • German-language enlistment poster
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin, 1st edition
  • John Brown execution broadside
  • Collection of Lieutenant William Fisher, 10th U.S. Infantry
  • Numerous broadsides, Union and Confederate
  • Archival shelving, textile treatments, preservation supplies (provided matching funds for this “Save America’s Treasures” grant)
  • William Waud sketch books
  • Union General CDVs (carte-de-vistes)
  • Confederate cavalry jacket (loan facilitation)

Monument Preservation

  • Pennsylvania Memorial
  • New York State Memorial
  • Eternal Light Peace Memorial
  • General Sedgwick equestrian monument
  • General Slocum equestrian monument
  • 44th-12th New York monument
  • Texas state monument – maintenance
  • Pennsylvania monuments
  • Soldiers National Cemetery headstones – painting, cleaning
  • Power-washing program
  • Cannon-carriage restoration program

Friends of Gettysburg

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1195 Baltimore Pike
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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P.O. Box 4629
Gettysburg, PA 17325

Phone Number: (717) 338-1243
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