America's Historic Towns and Oldest Places
Gettysburg (estimated population of 7,720 ) is a town in Pennsylvania. Gettysburg is steeped in the history of the Civil War. In 1761, one of these early settlers, Samuel Gettys, established a tavern in the area. Twenty-five years later, his son James had laid out a town of 210 lots with a central town square on the land surrounding the tavern. It’s known for Gettysburg National Battlefield, site of a turning point in the Civil War, now part of Gettysburg National Military Park. 51,000 union and Confederate soldiers died here in July 1863 during the three-day battle at Gettysburg, the bloodiest conflict of the Civil War. The park has approximately 1,328 monuments, markers and memorials. It includes the Gettysburg Museum and Visitor Center, displaying Civil War artifacts, and Gettysburg National Cemetery, where a memorial marks the site of Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Gettysburg Address. Gettysburg is one of USA's most iconic historic destinations. Smithsonian Magazine named Gettysburg America's best small town to visit.