Eisenhower National Historic Site

Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower stand arm in arm off the rear patio of their Gettysburg home.
Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower stand arm in arm off the rear patio of their Gettysburg home.

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.

Orientation Tours
Orientation tours are not offered at this time.

House Tours
The Eisenhower home is closed at this time.

Grounds Tour
A self guided tour of the grounds includes the P.G.A. putting green, the rose gardens, the guest house, and a garage which still houses the presidential limousine, Eisenhower golf carts, and station wagon.

Farm Walking Tour
This walk explores Eisenhower's cattle operation, including the show barn housing the Eisenhower farm machinery.

Skeet Range
A short walk from the Reception Center is Eisenhower's skeet range. A wayside exhibit details Ike's shooting prowess and explains the rules of trap and skeet.

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

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