Summer at Spangler Farm

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The Foundation will comply with any state-mandated COVID procedures

The Gettysburg Foundation opens the farmstead to visitors on weekends (Fri-Sun) throughout the summer. 

They also open during the anniversary days of the battle, so this year that period is July 1-4.

 

 


 

 

 

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Readers may remember that in 2019 HGAC had forged a partnership with the Gettysburg Foundation on a number of initiatives scheduled in 2020.  Of course, the pandemic prevented these programs from happening.  But we are pleased to announce that this valuable partnership is back in action and our “Summer at Spangler” program will participate in the Foundation’s Spangler Farm summer schedule in 2021! 

The Foundation opens the Farm to the public every June through August on weekends.  Every weekend features different reenactors or living historians depicting various facets of the times:  military units; medical services; civilian life during the period, etc.  The Foundation docents also address many aspects of the Farm from family history to life on a 19th Century farm to the impact of the battle on this critically placed farm.  Of course, the barn, winner of the HGAC Barn Preservation Award in 2017, is the centerpiece of the farm and various presentations take place in it.  But the overwhelming focus of the presentations is on the role of the barn and property in the weeks before and after the battle, especially its role as the 11th Corps Field Hospital.

It is this bounded view of the barn that belies its importance as a premier example of the Standard Pennsylvania Barn.  It stood there for years prior to the battle and continues to lend its majesty to the farm.  That is why representatives from HGAC and the Preservation Committee will be at the Spangler Farm every Sunday starting June 11th through Sunday, August 13th.  We will also be there for the season-opening Spangler Farm Family Day on Saturday, May 29th.  We will be addressing the barn not so much in its medical role but rather as a notable example of regional vernacular architecture in its own right.  Centered on an exhibit space under the forebay, HGAC docents will address topics such as its construction and its place in the life of a farm.  Also, tours of the barn will be conducted.

Be assured, your docents will be ready to represent HGAC to a large and diverse audience, enthralling visitors with their knowledge of our iconic Pennsylvania Barn.  They will also help cement this emerging partnership between HGAC and the Foundation with its important promise of future possibilities. 

Questions can be directed to Greg Kaufmann at gregkauf15@gmail.com or 931-217-0269.

 
 
Historic Gettysburg-Adams County, Inc.
  PO Box 4611, Gettysburg, PA 17325
717-334-5185