I would not have imagined that we would be quite this interested in a battlefield that had little to nothing to do with anything Canadian, however you get drawn into the history of this town and I can see us coming back to revisit this area. Perhaps next time we will ride horses out onto the battlefield, you can take tours on horseback.
The actual spot where Lincoln stood is a couple of thousand feet inside the gate to the cemetery. Along the walking path we passed thousands of small square grave markers, all numbered sequentially and these are the final resting place for so many soldiers killed in the 3 day battle, but they were never identified.
Lincoln gave his famous speech at the foot of the Soldiers National Monument.
Yesterday we missed one stop on the auto tour, stop 15 so we went back to check that out. Good thing we did, there is a lot here we would have missed. A few of the highlights, and the rest you can see on our FLICKR site.
A segway tour passed us, that would also be a neat way to see the park.
Some more photos.
Time for us to leave Gettysburg and continue along the Lincoln Highway.
Our first stop is just West of Gettysburg at The Land of the Little Horses. As the name implies, there are little horses here. Karen came here some 20 years ago so she was anxious to return and re-visit the horses.
There was a horse show inside the arena, where the horses showed off their tricks, plus there was a piano playing pig and a basketball playing dog.. A great spot to bring the little ones and those who are young at heart.
Moving along the Lincoln, we came to the Round Barn in Biglerville Pennsylvania. We visited a Round Barn on Route 66 a few summers ago. It was boarded up and inactive, but this Round Barn was buzzing with activity, a fruit market / roadside attraction and there were lots of people visiting and buying the fresh fruit and baked goods. The peaches for sale were grown in the orchards behind the barn. The Route 66 Round Barn should take note and follow this example.