Volunteers Share Love of Barns With Visitors

The summer of 2021 marked the institution of a successful partnership with the Gettysburg Foundation centered on its George Spangler farmstead. Over the course of the summer, HGAC volunteers shared their love for and knowledge of our beautiful Pennsylvania barns with hundreds of visitors, using the stellar Spangler Barn as a teaching tool.


So we are pleased to announce that this valuable partnership will continue and our “Summer at Spangler” program will participate in the Foundation’s Spangler Farm summer schedule in 2022!


The Spangler Farm is located at 488 Blacksmith Shop Road, Gettysburg, PA 17304. A shuttle runs from the battlefield's Visitor Center to the farm, and on Family Days visitors can drive into the farm property and park for free.

Join us at the Barn every Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 12 to August 14. Each 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 12 through Sunday, August 14. We will also be there for the season-opening Spangler Farm Family Day on Saturday, May 28, and on two more Family Days on September 3 and October 8.


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. 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.


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

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