Ranger Programs at Gettysburg

Park rangers present interpretive tours and programs throughout the park.
Park Rangers present interpretive tours and programs throughout the park.

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Summer Ranger Programs


Enjoy our FREE ranger-led hikes, walks, and talks that explore key moments and locations on the Gettysburg battlefield. Our Summer Ranger Program schedule begins June 10 and runs through August 13.
 
Title Time(s) Duration Location Day(s)
Battle in a Box 9 am
&
4 pm
30 min Ranger Site 1
at Museum
& Visitor Center
Daily
Hands on History Cart varies varies Museum
& Visitor Center Lobby and David Wills House
Daily
Meade’s H.Q. Open House 10 am -
4 pm
10 am -
4 pm
Meade’s Headquarters Sat/Sun
Brian Farm Open House 10 am -
4 pm
10 am -
4 pm
Abraham Brian Farm - Hancock Ave. Sat/Sun
Battle Walk 10 am 2 hours Varies. See below or check at information desk for more. Fri/Sat/Sun
Cemetery Ridge Hike:
Crisis at the Union Center
10:30 am 90 min Ranger Site 2
at Museum
& Visitor Center
Daily
Four Score and Seven Years Ago: Lincoln and the Soldiers’ National Cemetery 11 am &
3 pm
45 min National Cemetery - Taneytown Rd. Gate Daily
Join the Army: A Family Program 11 am 60 min Ranger Site 1
at Museum
& Visitor Center
Daily
Hold to the Last!
The Battle for Little Round Top
11 am 60 min Warren Statue
Little Round Top -
Auto Tour Stop 8
Mon/Wed/Sat
The 1st Day of Battle:
The Devil’s to Pay!
10 am &
1 pm
45 min Eternal Light
Peace Memorial -
Auto Tour Stop 2
Daily
The 2nd Day of Battle:
A Grand Terrible Drama
11:30 am &
2:30 pm
45 min Peach Orchard -
Auto Tour Stop 10
Daily
The 3rd Day and Beyond:
Stay and Fight it Out!
1 pm &
4 pm
45 min National Cemetery Parking Lot - Taneytown Rd. Daily
Cannoneers to Your Post!
Join the Artillery
1 pm 30 min Ranger Site 1
at Museum
& Visitor Center
Sat/Sun/Wed/Fri
Summer Reading Adventures 1 pm 60 min Ford Education Center in Museum
& Visitor Center
Sunday
Hardtack, Mud, and Marching:
The Life of the Civil War Soldier
2 pm 60 min Ranger Site 1
at Museum
& Visitor Center
Daily
Care of the Wounded 3 pm 60 min Ranger Site 2
at Museum
& Visitor Center
Daily
The Forgotten Flank:
The Battle for Culp’s Hill
3 pm 60 min Culps Hill
Observation Tower - Slocum Ave.
Sun/Tues/Thurs/Fri
Gettysburg History Hike:
3 Days in 90 Minutes
5 pm 90 min National Cemetery - Baltimore St. Gate Daily
Long Remembered:
Lincoln Comes to Gettysburg
6 pm 75 min Gettysburg Lincoln Train Station -
Carlisle St.
Sunday
Sunset on McPherson Ridge 7 pm 60 min McPherson Ridge -
Auto Tour Stop 1
Sat/Sun/Mon/Tues/Wed
History at Sunset 8 pm 60 min Varies. See below or check at information desk for more. Thurs/Fri
Camp Fire at Pitzer Woods 8:30 pm 60 min Park Amphitheater - West Confederate Ave. Fri/Sat/Sun
Living History Programs
and Demonstrations
See Living History Page for more See Living History Page for more See Living History Page for more Sat/Sun
 

Battle Walks


Want to experience the battlefield from the same vantage point as the men who fought there? Walk the fields and woods that were fought over a century and a half ago and get a closer look at the famous and not so famous places and people that shaped the battle.
Water, insect repellent, a hat, and proper foot gear are highly recommended. Programs begin at 10 am. See start location below. (2 hours)
 
Date Program Ranger Start Location End Location
July 7 “Give ‘em the Cold Steel!” Lewis Armistead’s Brigade Matt Atkinson VA Memorial,
Auto Tour Stop 5
The Angle,
Auto Tour Stop 15
July 8 “My God! Are These All the Men We Have Here?” - The Heroic Counter-Charge of the First Minnesota Chuck Teague The PA Memorial,
Auto Tour Stop 12
The PA Memorial,
Auto Tour Stop 12
July 9 To Stay and Fight it Out: Andrew Humphreys
and the Fight for the Emmitsburg Road Ridge
Karlton Smith Trostle Farm,
U.S. Avenue
Site of Rogers Farm
Sickles Ave. and Emmitsburg Rd.
July 14 Devil’s Den Dan Welch Devil’s Den Parking Lot, Crawford Avenue Devil’s Den Parking Lot, Crawford Avenue
July 15 Gettysburg’s Forgotten Front:
Rodes’ Division Sharpshooters in the Town of Gettysburg
Jarrad Fuoss National Cemetery
Baltimore St. Gate, Auto Tour Stop 16
Unity Park, Lefever St.
July 16 John Buford: First Shots at Gettysburg Brian Henry West End Guide Station, Stone Ave. West End Guide Station, Stone Ave.
July 21 Following Johnson’s Division-Benners Hill to Culp’s Hill Troy Harman Benner’s Hill Cul-de-Sac Benner’s Hill Cul-de-Sac
July 22 Iverson and O’Neal’s Brigades: A Bloody Debacle Matt Atkinson Eternal Light Peace Memorial,
Auto Tour Stop 2
Eternal Light Peace Memorial,
Auto Tour Stop 2
July 23 “With Directions to Feel the Enemy”
Union Reconnaissance of Pitzer Woods
Caitlin Brown Peach Orchard,
Auto Tour Stop 10
Berdan Ave.
July 28 Rodes Division Arrives:
Sharpshooters and Skirmishers Hold the Line
Jarrad Fuoss Oak Ridge,
Auto Tour Stop 3
Barlow Knoll,
East Howard Ave.
July 29 Farms in the Path of Battle Dan Welch Miss. Memorial, West Confederate Ave. Trostle Farm, United States Ave.
July 30 A Belated Medal:
Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing and the Medal of Honor
Kartlon Smith Brian Farm,
N. Hancock Ave.
The Angle,
Auto Tour Stop 15
 

Camp Fire Programs


Rangers present programs on a wide variety of topics on the Battle of Gettysburg and the American Civil War. Programs are held at the Park Amphitheater, near Auto Tour #6, at 8:30 pm. (1 hour)
 
Date Program Ranger
July 7 Snakes of the Battlefield - Guest Lecturer Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve
July 8 Jubal Early and Confederate Memory Matt Atkinson
July 9 Flanked and Fearful: The Battle of Chancellorsville Emma Murphy
July 14 Sacrificed at Gettysburg: The First Minnesota Zach Siggins
July 15 Flanked and Fearful: The Battle of Chancellorsville Emma Murphy
July 16 Our National Pastime: Baseball and the Civil War Dan Vermilya
July 21 Women of the Gettysburg Battlefield Chuck Teague
July 22 Everyday Life on the Cusp of the Civil War Chuck Teague
July 23 Gettysburg: Preserving Your Battlefield Brian Henry
July 28 Birds of the Battlefield - Guest Lecturer Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve
July 29 How Did They Get Here? – The Gettysburg Campaign Dan Welch
July 30 Flanked and Fearful: the Battle of Chancellorsville Emma Murphy
 

History at Sunset


Explore a new chapter of the Gettysburg story with a National Park Ranger. From dinosaur footprints to hidden monuments, World War I tanks to Civil War battle damage, Gettysburg is more than first meets the eye. Programs begin at 8 pm. See start location below. (1 hour)
 
Date Program Ranger Start Location
July 6 Four Farms on Cemetery Ridge: A Neighborhood in the Path of Battle Philip Brown National Cemetery Parking Lot, Auto Tour Stop 16
July 7 First Friday at the David Wills House * Gettysburg Artist in Residence David Wills House,
8 Lincoln Square
July 13 Picnics to Panic to Pandemonium: Spangler’s Spring Chuck Teague Spangler’s Spring,
Auto Tour Stop 13
July 14 Sentinels in Stone: Confederate Monuments on Seminary Ridge Daniel Vermilya VA Memorial,
Auto Tour Stop 5
July 20 Blood, Dust, and Misery: Aftermath at the Rose Farm Jarrad Fuoss Rose Farm, Brooke Ave.
July 21 “A Long Dark Shadow”: Death at Devil’s Den Emma Murphy Devil’s Den, Crawford Ave.
July 27 The Sacrifice of the 1st Minnesota Zachary Siggins PA Memorial,
Auto Tour Stop 12
July 28 Gettysburg: Creatures of the Night Brian Henry Little Round Top,
Auto Tour Stop 8

* The Historic David Wills Home will be open free of charge from 5 - 8 pm. The Gettysburg National Military Park Artist-in-Residence will be on hand to showcase their work.
 

Fall Ranger Programs


Enjoy our FREE ranger-led hikes, walks, and talks that explore key moments and locations on the Gettysburg battlefield. Our Fall Ranger Program schedule begins August 14 and runs through November 19.
 

August 14 - October 16

Program Time(s) Duration Location Day(s)
Cemetery Ridge Hike:
Crisis at the Union Center
10:30 am 90 min Ranger Site 1 at Museum & Visitor Center Daily
Battle Walk 10 am 2 hours Varies. See below or check at information desk for more. Sat/Sun
Four Score and Seven Years Ago: Lincoln and the Soldiers’ National Cemetery 11 am & 2 pm 45 min National Cemetery - Taneytown Rd. Gate Daily
Hold to the Last!
The Battle for Little Round Top
11 am 60 min Warren Statue Little Round Top - Auto Tour Stop 8 Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat
Those Who Fought Here: The Life of the Civil War Soldier 2 pm 60 min Ranger Site 1 at Museum & Visitor Center Sun/Tues/Thurs
Care of the Wounded 2 pm 60 min Ranger Site 2 at Museum & Visitor Center Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat
Battlefield in a Box 4 pm 30 min Ranger Site 1 at Museum & Visitor Center Daily
Gettysburg History Hike: 3 Days in 90 Minutes 5 pm 90 min National Cemetery - Taneytown Rd. Gate Daily
 

October 17 - November 19

Title Time(s) Duration Location Day(s)
Cemetery Ridge Hike: Crisis at the Union Center 10:30 am 90 min Ranger Site 1
at Museum
& Visitor Center
Daily
Four Score and Seven Years Ago: Lincoln and the Soldiers’ National Cemetery 11 am & 2 pm 45 min National Cemetery - Taneytown Rd. Gate Daily
Four Score and Seven Years Ago: Lincoln and the Soldiers’ National Cemetery 3 pm 60 min Warren Statue
Little Round Top -
Auto Tour Stop 8
Mon/Wed/Sat
The 3rd Day and Beyond:
Stay and Fight it Out!
3 pm 45 min Abraham Brian Farm, Hancock Ave. Sun/Tues/Thurs/Fri
Gettysburg History Hike:
3 Days in 90 Minutes
4 pm 90 min National Cemetery - Taneytown Rd. Gate Daily

Last updated: July 18, 2017

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Mailing Address:

1195 Baltimore Pike
Gettysburg, PA 17325

Phone:

(717) 334-1124

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