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George Spangler Farm Summertime Events

A sketch showing the grounds of the George Spangler Farm
A sketch showing the grounds of the George Spangler Farm
Gettysburg Foundation

There is still time to experience the special summertime events that have been going on at the George Spangler Farm since early June. Wrapping things up on August 14, friends, families and visitors of all sorts still have time to take part in Summer Evenings at the George Spangler Farm.

Twilight Talks at the George Spangler Farm take place Thursday evenings from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. These special talks invite participants to experience the scenes at the George Spangler Farm come to life through a series of topics including: The Workings of a Civil War Hospital, Armistead: His Life and Death, and A Nature Walk at Dusk. The cost for these talks is $10 for adults, $3 for children ages 6 to 12, and free for those 5 and younger.

You are invited to spend An Evening on the Farm on Friday evenings between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Come out and spend an evening learning about the true, untold stories from many of the wounded soldiers who spent time at the hospital site as well as the firsthand experiences and hardships endeared by those who treated them. Attendees will also learn all about George Spangler and his family, and how their home was transformed from a farm family dwelling to the site of a gruesome Civil War hospital. The cost for An Evening on the Farm is $15 for adults, $3 for children 6 to 12, and free for ages 5 and under.

Saturday evening events are presented at the farm from 8:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. These are called Echoes of History at the George Spangler Farm. For these programs, visitors venture into the night with a tour guide historian via candlelight, exploring and recounting the extraordinary stories of the men and women who experienced the hardships at this hospital site during the Civil War. The cost is $20 for adults, $8 for children between the ages of 6 and 12, and free for children 5 and under.

In addition to these special summer evening events, there are plenty of daytime activities that take place on the grounds as well, between June and August 10, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. During these hours, living history camps are set up on the grounds and visitors have their chance to step back in time, mingle with authentically portrayed characters of the day and ask questions of knowledgeable historians. Arts and Trades of the Past takes place from 10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. and then again from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. and entails joining authentically dressed historians who demonstrate onsite skills and trades from the Civil War era, enabling visitors to catch a glimpse of what life was like for families and Civilians living during that time.

An Army Field Hospital: The George Spangler Farm, takes place from 11 a.m. to noon. For this, visitors are invited to join a National Parks Service Ranger to discover the Union Army’s 11th Corps Field hospital, also known as the Spangler Farm, where over 1,900 soldiers, wounded in the Battle of Gettysburg, were brought to and cared for. Hear from the soldiers’ personal testimonies and accounts as well as those of the doctors and nurses who struggled to keep the wounded alive.

The program titled History Comes to Life: War Reaches the Homefront takes place from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. For this, guests are invited to view a dramatic ensemble cast representing soldiers and civilians who experienced the impact of the Battle of Gettysburg, specifically those at the George Spangler Farm. The historic buildings on site make for a moving backdrop for the presentations of fear, pain, valor and hope.

The Spangler Farm site is accessible exclusively through shuttle service via the visitor center. Free admission and shuttle tickets are available inside at the ticketing counter. Tickets may be purchased the day of your visit. For more information, visit www.gettysburgfoundation.org.