Gettysburg homes for sale are suffused with a unique sense of history you don't see everywhere in the United States. Even the most modern homes are just within reach of iconic sites that shaped America's long and storied journey.
It's no surprise the town of Gettysburg – now with 7,700 permanent residents – has its share of historic residences. These range from smaller townhouses to large, almost palatial estates filled with amazing architecture and other touches that tell the tale of the times.
Our real estate agents are always excited to introduce people to the amazing sights of Gettysburg. One of those is the historic David Wills House. You'll definitely want to take time to see it, even if you're only in the Gettysburg, PA area for a brief visit to house hunt.
In 2013, Americans commemorated the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, one of the most famous orations in the history of western civilization. The occasion was the dedication of the National Cemetery of Gettysburg – and President Lincoln was not the featured speaker.
On that day in November, Lincoln delivered a short speech of just over 250 words. Much of it had been composed on the journey to Gettysburg, and some parts had been amended many times. Little did he or the others present realize it would be a profound turning point.
Lincoln's visit came shortly after the Battle of Gettysburg in early July 1863. David Wills, an attorney and school administrator, had set into motion the events that would culminate in the speech when he allowed neighbors to hide from the fighting in his basement.
Wills proposed the Cemetery and became head of the committee that established it. Ultimately, his home was one of President Lincoln's last stops as he completed the text of his incomparable speech.
Although the story of David Wills is not known to every Civil War aficionado, it has never been far from the consciousness of Gettysburg locals. Over the years, his home was elevated to the status of a historic site and has been carefully preserved in recognition of his heroism.
Today, the David Wills House is part of the iconic National Military Park in Gettysburg, PA. It houses artifacts related to Lincoln's trip to Gettysburg, the creation of the Soldier's National Cemetery, and the Gettysburg Address itself.
Although lovingly preserved for centuries, the David Wills House was not always open to the public. In honor of Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday back in 2009, it opened its doors again to provide a world-class museum experience to locals and visitors alike.
The museum now features six distinct galleries, each one packed with art, artifacts, and day to day items that tell a remarkable story from the era. Two different rooms have been restored to their original appearance: Wills' office and the bedroom where Lincoln stayed.
Some of Wills' correspondence, including letters from afar seeking news of loved ones after the Battle of Gettysburg, is still available for viewing – as are many of the papers Abraham Lincoln carried with him while working in the bedroom the evening before his oration.
The story of Gettysburg, PA isn't over – and you can be a part of it. BHHS Homesale Realty's experts are on hand to help you find the home of your dreams and reach closing day faster.
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