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.
Beginning July 6, 2020, Eisenhower National Historic Site, in response to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s move to Phase Green for Adams County, will begin implementing plans for limited temporary onsite parking to allow free access to the grounds of the Eisenhower Farm and Farm 2 (Brandon Farm), access to the Audio Tour, and access to the interpretive waysides present on the site. The Eisenhower Home and Reception Center will continue to be closed during the Phase Green operations. Special park uses are to comply with state reopening guidance and public health guidance that includes limiting gatherings to less than 250 people and maintaining social distancing. Park Rangers will provide informal interpretation services through intermittent roves, or visits, to different areas of the site. The site will be open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. Public restrooms, located in the lower level of the Eisenhower Bank Barn and Show Barn, will be open Friday to Sunday. A temporary restroom will be available at the east end of the temporary parking lot.
Purchasing advanced tickets is not required at this time.
Farm Walking Tour
The Reception Center is currently closed due to the ongoing pandemic.
You can 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: July 14, 2020