The David Wills House
The home of Gettysburg attorney David Wills was the center of the immense clean-up process after the Battle of Gettysburg and where President Lincoln put the finishing touches on his Gettysburg Address, the speech that transformed Gettysburg from a place of death and devastation to the symbol of our nation's "new birth of freedom."
In honor of Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday on February 12, 2009, the David Wills House opened to the public, offering visitors a world-class museum experience that tells the story of Lincoln and the Gettysburg Address. The museum features six galleries, including two rooms that have been restored to their 1863 appearance: Wills' office, where he received letters from families looking for loved ones after the battle and began planning for a cemetery and its dedication; and the bedroom where Lincoln stayed and prepared the Gettysburg Address.
The Wills House museum is managed by the Gettysburg Foundation, the official partner of the National Park Service and Gettysburg National Military Park. The property is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Admission Fees: See our Fees and Reservations page.
YEARLY HOURS OF OPERATION
The Wills House is open throughout the year with a reduced daily schedule during the fall, winter and spring months. The Wills House is closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
Winter Hours, December-February: 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Friday to Sunday.
Location: 8 Lincoln Square, Gettysburg, Pa.
Parking: Park at the Gettysburg Municipal Parking Garage on Race Horse Alley or take the Freedom Transit Shuttle from the Gettysburg Museum and Visitor Center.
Web site: www.davidwillshouse.org
Did You Know?
The bronze likeness of an Irish Wolfhound on the Irish Brigade monument at Gettysburg National Military Park symbolizes the loyalty shown for the Union cause by the brigade's soldiers, most of whom were Irish immigrants or sons of immigrants to the United States.