Ike, Gettysburg, and the Cold War
Eisenhower National Historic Site is the home and farm of General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Located adjacent to the Gettysburg Battlefield, the farm served the President as a weekend retreat and a meeting place for world leaders. With its peaceful setting and view of South Mountain, it was a much needed respite from Washington and a backdrop for efforts to reduce Cold War tensions.
How to Visit
To visit Eisenhower National Historic Site, purchase your tickets at the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center. Entrance to the site is by shuttle bus which departs from the Visitor Center throughout the day, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm. Plan 1 1/2 - 2 hours for your visit
January - February 2020
You may purchase advanced tickets by visiting the Gettysburg Foundation Ticket Prices and Packages page.
Farm Walking Tour
Exhibits in the Reception Center trace Eisenhower's life from his boyhood in Abilene, Kansas through his 38 years in the military, to his presidency and retirement. A ten minute video on Eisenhower's life is shown continuously in the first floor of the barn, and in the Reception Center during winter months.
You can also watch our Behind the Gates - Virtual Tour videos that feature the upstairs rooms as well as the rooms off the back staircase including Ike's den and office.
Visit the Eisenhower National Historic Site website to learn more about the Eisenhowers and how they used their Gettysburg address to host foreign dignitaries and family and friends in the only home they ever owned.
Last updated: January 7, 2020