Guided tour

Gettysburg: 1863 Historic Downtown Walking Tour

4.9 / 5

85 reviews

Activity provider: Horse Tours of Gettysburg

Gettysburg: 1863 Historic Downtown Walking Tour

Activity provider: Horse Tours of Gettysburg
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From US$ 25 per person

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Learn about the Battle of Gettysburg from an expert town historian on this historic walking tour. Hear about the impact on the lives of the local residents.

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Duration 2 hours
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Wheelchair accessible


  • Travel back in time to Gettysburg during the middle of the Civil War
  • Learn how local residents lived in the middle of war
  • Hear the untold stories behind the Battle of Gettysburg
Full description
Join your knowledgeable local guide for a leisurely 2-hour walking tour of the center portion of downtown Gettysburg, which was the heartbeat of the city in 1863. Examine the accounts of several of the city's civilians that lived in the same areas you will be walking through. Hear stories of the residents, who were reluctant witnesses to the Battle of Gettysburg. The war didn't happen just on the battlefield as you will come to find out. Travel back in time and learn about the existing structures and what the town looked like in 1863. Although you've learned about the Battle of Gettysburg in history class, on this tour you will hear, described in detail, how the events actually unfolded in July of 1863 and how the local residents remembered them. This tour is their story, about life in the middle of an urban battlefield.
  • 2-hour walking tour
  • Knowledgable local guide
  • Tips (optional)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

11 Lincoln Square, Gettysburg, PA 17325, USA Meet your guide by the Statue of President Lincoln and the benches. Please arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes prior to tour departure.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
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4.9 /5

based on 85 reviews

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Ken Rich made our walking tour of downtown Gettysburg very good. Ken’s knowledge of the town and the citizens at the time of the battle was very good. His tour brought the activities happening in downtown Gettysburg during the 3 days of the battle to life and was unique. Thanks Ken!

August 5, 2022

Kenneth Rich knew the history of downtown Gettysburg backwards and forwards. He knew the owner of each property, the name of his wife and the names of their kids. He was also able to provide you with how the inhabitants of each structure saw the battle and the extent of their involvement. The tour was two hours of facts.

June 1, 2022

Our tour guide Kenneth Rich was fantastic! Extremely knowledgeable and very interesting. He's a true historian and you can tell how much he enjoys his research and factual details. One of the best tour guides I've ever had. I highly recommend Ken and look forward to returning to Gettysburg and attending more of his guided tours.

November 7, 2021

Product ID: 393122