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Wonder Women's History Tour By Junket

1. Wonder Women's History Tour By Junket

Discover the untold stories of female war heroes on this guided walking tour of Gettysburg’s historic district. Your guide will regale you with tales of the everyday women who cared for the sick, buried the dead, and picked up arms as the Battle of Gettysburg raged on. Stand beside Jennie Wade, the battle’s only civilian casualty, as she hurriedly bakes bread in her final moments. Dig graves with the cemetery caretaker, Elizabeth Thorn, as the dead continue to pile up in the fields. Get a detailed, first-hand look at what it was like to be both a civilian and a soldier during the Civil War’s most dramatic, bloody battle. You’ll walk away with a complete picture of what life was like in July of 1863, where history books offer a very limited scope. Choose the extended tour to visit an additional three stops, where you’ll learn about the scars the battle left behind, and finish up with ice cream from Cone Sweet Cone.

Gettysburg: Self-Guided Audio Downtown Walking Tour

2. Gettysburg: Self-Guided Audio Downtown Walking Tour

Explore Downtown Gettysburg at your own pace with a self-guided audio walking tour. Using an application on your phone, get access to your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Visit the Gettysburg Heritage Center, the National Cemetery, the Witness Tree, and much more. Download your Action Tour Guide application and start your tour at the Gettysburg Heritage Center. Head north toward the National Cemetery, where Abraham Lincoln delivered his stirring Gettysburg Address. Learn next about the Jenny Wade House, the only civilian casualty in the whole battle. Then, it’s on to the Children of Gettysburg museum, full of exhibits about those oft-forgotten witnesses to all the bloodshed. Admire the Witness Tree, where Lincoln's carriage passed on his way to deliver his speech. Pass the home of Hettie Shriver, and find out why she went out of the frying pan and into the fire. At the Pierce House Inn, learn of the home to a young girl who became an unlikely combat medic during and after the battle, See the Gettysburg Museum of history, a private collection of over 4,000 war-related artifacts, and learn about modern-day grave robbers. The next landmark you’ll pass is a peculiar one—the remnants of an old cannon! Then there’s the Adams County Courthouse, which became an impromptu hospital for wounded soldiers as the fighting raged on. Afterward, you’ll pass the site where Congressman Thaddeus Stevens once had an office. His name might not be as well-remembered as Lincoln’s, but he’s definitely a hero worth knowing. Then, past a life-size Lincoln statue perfect for photo ops, you’ll find the David Wills House, where the real Abraham Lincoln put the finishing touches on his Gettysburg Address. Get to the Gettysburg Hotel, rumored to be one of the most haunted places in town. Finally, after hearing about the battle’s devastating aftermath, you’ll arrive at the train station which became an emergency medical station after the fighting had concluded at long last.

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4.6 / 5

based on 62 reviews

Justin was our guide!!! He was only 23 years old with a passion for history that made it so fun to join in. He answered our questions so well and made us wish we had signed up for more walking tours. He was bright and animated and I hope for the sake of any and all future students he may have... that he realizes his one day dream of becoming a professor at a local college...Our PA students will be blessed...Justin is exceptional!!! So glad we took this tour...We learned so much about the contributions of the ladies of Gettysburg...What a strong and beautifully brave group of ladies!!!!!

Our tour guide, Justin, was extremely knowledgeable and very pleasant to speak with. We’ve been to Gettysburg many times but learned a lot on this tour about the unsung heroines during the battle.

Very interesting to learn about some of the stories of very brave women of the time. Guide was excellent and very knowledgeable.

Bee the tour guide was very informative and knowledgeable of the history of the area.