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Authentic Adams County

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Preserving the Past

Adams County, known around the world for the American Civil War and President Lincoln's famous Gettysburg Address, is known locally as a family community built on dedication, respect of the land, fresh air and relationships. We work hard and we play hard. We invite strangers into our community and our homes and we make them friends. The stories of Adams County are what make our destination special, we hope that you will discover people you wish to meet and places you just can't wait to see... 

This is the story of Adams County which is rich with history. Some of our history has formed our country like that of the battle of Gettysburg, other moments have simply formed our county such as the construction of our school houses and mills. All of our history matters, and we preserve it for future generations. Restoration and preservation are what we do so that we can pass on our stories. Discover the story of our past in Authentic Adams County, Pa. 

Rettland Farm: a farm-to-table story

Rettland Farm: a farm-to-table story

Just outside of downtown Gettysburg is Rettland Farm... this is the story of one farm and how Adams County brings food to the table.
A Portrait of Three Artists - Connecting History through Art

A Portrait of Three Artists - Connecting History through Art

In Adams County, art is as prominent as our history. Discover how three artists help to connect today's visitors with the stories of our past.
The Barns of Adams County

The Barns of Adams County

In Adams County, barns are as natural on our landscape as orchards and monuments. Discover how we find new ways to keep barns an important part of our lives.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Adams County Farmer

President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Adams County Farmer

his is the story of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the farmer. It was his hope to leave a piece of land better than he found it. He cared about sustainable farming, just as our Adams County farmers do today.
New Oxford Antiquing

New Oxford Antiquing

The quaint town of New Oxford, located along the historic Lincoln Highway, has been called the Antiques Capital of Central Pennsylvania. An industry based in the past has moved forward into the future. Today, buyers and sellers are connecting through different avenues, but none tops a stop by the store to touch, feel and hear the stories of these special pieces. Take a short drive east from Gettysburg as you discover the passion of New Oxford Antiques...
Fairfield, Pennsylvania

Fairfield, Pennsylvania

Adams County is made of many quaint towns and beautiful countryside. Each place has a story - a story of the people who settled, of the sustaining industries, and often, how the famous Civil War Battle of Gettysburg raged through the streets. Fairfield is one of those special places.
Adams County Cider - Authentic Flavor

Adams County Cider - Authentic Flavor

Adams County is Apple Country. Our farmers produce more apples than anywhere else in Pennsylvania. Their crop makes them the fourth largest producer in the United States. Today, a small group of growers are turning their attention to Hard Cider, wait until you get a taste...
The National Apple Harvest Festival

The National Apple Harvest Festival

For over 50 years, the Upper Adams Jaycees have been hosting a celebration of our apple industry. Once a one-day event for the community, this annual tradition has grown to host over 100,000 during a four-day period and become one of the most celebrated events in Gettysburg.
The Hanover Shoe Farms - horses of Adams County

The Hanover Shoe Farms - horses of Adams County

In the early 1900s, the Hanover Shoe Stables began, racing horses throughout Pennsylvania. Today, the farm boasts 345 broodmares, 9 stallions, and in 2018, will sell nearly 150 yearlings. This story is about these horses, and those that have come before them. It is about the farms and the family. The success is about the bond between the horse, the land and those who love and care for them. Discover the story of the Hanover Shoe Farms...

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