David Wills House

When your group travels to Gettysburg, you may want to visit the David Wills House Museum. It is dedicated to the memory of President Abraham Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg Address and the remarkable recovery of a town devastated by the war. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore five museum galleries and two recreated rooms. There are interesting educational programs for your group to experience during the visit. The David Wills House Museum offers group tours to visitors of all ages. During the tour, the group will have the opportunity to view two 15 minute films and look at personal photos and artifacts from the Wills family. The tour is about 45 minutes however; your group can spend as much time as you need. You should arrive 15 minutes prior to your tour. You will also see Abraham Lincoln’s bedroom furnishings that he used while he was composing the Gettysburg Address. The exhibit galleries at the museum are fascinating for visitors to explore. One of the galleries is known as the Wills Parlor: War Comes to Town Gallery. There are artifacts, photos, and stories dealing with the Battle of Gettysburg. The group can view a five minute film called “From Battle Ground to Hallowed Ground,” which tells the story about the transformation of Cemetery Hill from a union army defensive position to the site of the National Cemetery. Another gallery is the recreated room of David Wills Office which was the busiest office in Gettysburg. You will find period furniture and original documents that show the effort of David Wills informing the National Cemetery. There is an audio program for visitors to enjoy that gives a sense of what was happening at that particular time in American history.

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