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The Daniel Lady Farm

The Daniel Lady Farm, acquired in 1999 for restoration and preservation by the Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association, played an important role in the three-day battle of Gettysburg.

On July 1, 1863, Union regiments in front of the house on Hanover Road were viewed as a threat to the left flank of the Army of Northern Virginia. Confederate Lt. Gen. Richard Ewell directed a division under Gen. Edward "Allegheny" Johnson to occupy the farm.

The next day, thousands of Confederates formed up just east of the farmhouse to assault Union positions on Culp's Hill. The troops included the legendary “Stonewall Brigade," now under Brig. Gen. James A. Walker; Jones' brigade; "Maryland" Steuarts’ brigade; and Nicholls’ Louisiana Brigade. Colonel Snowden Andrews' Artillery Battalion also bivouacked on the farm.

As Confederate wounded struggled, or were carried, back to the farm, they found it converted to a Confederate field hospital -- officers in the house, rank-and-file in the barn. A forensic examination confirmed that the wounded stained the floors of the house with their blood. Impressions of fingertips bring to life where wounded men propped themselves up against the wall, where bloody rags were piled next to the surgeon's table, where a hand swept through a pool of blood, and, in an upstairs room, where a dead Confederate was found by the Lady family when they returned after the battle.

The barn is marked by graffiti from soldiers during the battle and, in at least one case, by a Virginia veteran who returned to the farm in several times during the decades that followed.

Both the house and barn display damage from Union artillery shells that overshot Confederate batteries on nearby Benner's Ridge. Union commander, Gen. George Gordon Meade, saw the Lady Farm Confederates as such a threat that he began planning an assault on the farm on the second day of the engagement, planning that was set aside when Southern forces went on the attack again at Little Round Top, and East Cemetery and Culp's hills.

When the firing was over and the two armies moved south, the rear portion of the Daniel Lady Farm became part of the massive Camp Letterman Field Hospital where, for the first time in the war, wounded and dying from both sides were treated in a consolidated facility.  

Tour the historic house and barn
The Daniel Lady house and barn are open for guided tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. There is a requested donation of $5 for each building to assist ongoing restoration and preservation efforts. Children 16 and under are admitted at no charge. 

Numerous special events will be held at the farm. They include living histories and skirmishes of the Civil War, the French and Indian War and World War II. In December, holiday observances come to the forefront, including the annual Holiday House Tour & Tasting sponsored by the Inns of Gettysburg Association.

The last weekend in June, the GBPA holds the LARGEST Civil War artifact and collectibles show in the nation at the Eisenhower Inn Allstar Complex on Business Route 15 (Emmitsburg Road).

The Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association, founded in 1959, is the country's oldest Civil War battlefield preservation organization. Over the years, the GBPA acquired a number of privately-owned properties within the "hallowed ground" of the Gettysburg National Military Park, turning them over to the National Park Service. Among early GBPA members were former President Dwight Eisenhower, historian and writer Bruce Catton and entertainer Cliff  "Charlie Weaver" Arquette.

The GBPA is a proud sponsor of the Venture Troop 1861, a Boy Scout unit that provides fife and drum music at parades and special events. The troop portrays the musicians that supplied field music for the 1st Regiment, Pennsylvania Reserves Volunteer Corps, also known by its federal designation as the 30th Pennsylvania Volunteers ... a regiment recruited from Adams, York and other counties in the Gettysburg area. Venture Troop 1861 is affiliated with the New Birth of Freedom Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

The GBPA maintains its headquarters and a shop at 33 York Street in downtown Gettysburg. The storefront also houses the Gettysburg Licensed Town Historians, who conduct tours presenting details of the town and the civilians who lived here before, during and after the battle -- including civilian memories of Lincoln's visit.

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Contact Information
Address: 980 Hanover Road
Gettysburg, PA 17325
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Phone: 717-338-1776
Phone (Alt): 717-676-5752
Fax: 717-398-2688
Public House and Barn Tours Saturday & Sunday 10:00am - 4:00pm
Private and Student Tours By appointment only.
Weekend Historical Military Encampments Sat. 9am - 5pm Sun. 9am - 4pm
GBPA Store 33 York Street Gettysburg Nov 1st - Memorial Day Weekend 11am - 5pm Sat. and Sun. In season hours 11am-5pm Memorial Day - Nov. 1st Thursday-Monday

House and Hospital Tour $10
Private and Student Tours call 717-338-1776 for reservations and pricing
Weekend Historical Living History Encampments included in price of house and hospital tours
Soldiers of the Civil War Spring Training
Hosted by ALHES (American Living History Education Society)
Saturday, March 21, 2015 until
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Living History Event
Victory In Sight - WW2
Hosted by the ALHES (American Living History Education Society)
Saturday, April 25, 2015 until
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Living History Event
Early American Living History Event
Hosted by ALHES
Sunday, May 10, 2015 until
Monday, May 11, 2015
Living History Event
9th Annual Military Timeline & Parade
Hosted by ALHES
Saturday, May 23, 2015 until
Monday, May 25, 2015
Living History Event
Soldiers of the Civil War Living History & Demonstration
Hosted by the ALHES
Saturday, June 13, 2015 until
Sunday, June 14, 2015
Living History Event
Seminary Ridge Living History Event
Encampments, military, civilians, battle demo and sutlers!
Saturday, June 27, 2015 until
Sunday, June 28, 2015
Living History Event
42nd Annual Civil War & Collectors' Show
The largest Civil War artifacts & collectibles show in the nation!
Saturday, June 27, 2015 until
Sunday, June 28, 2015
Collectors Show Event
Soldiers of the Civil War Living History & Demonstration
Hosted by ALHES
Friday, July 03, 2015 until
Sunday, July 05, 2015
Living History Event
2nd Annual GBPA Membership Picnic
Saturday, August 15, 2015
Fundraiser Event
4th Annual "Gettysburg - The Aftermath"
Hosted by ALHES
Saturday, August 15, 2015 until
Sunday, August 16, 2015
Living History Event
4th Annual Early American Living History Event
Saturday, September 05, 2015 until
Monday, September 07, 2015
Living History Event
Soldiers of the Civil War Living History & Demonstration
Hosted by the ALHES
Saturday, September 26, 2015 until
Sunday, September 27, 2015
Living History Event
Soldiers of the Civil War Living History & Demonstration
Hosted by the ALHES
Saturday, October 24, 2015 until
Sunday, October 25, 2015
Living History Event
Remembrance Weekend
Hosted by the ALHES
Saturday, November 14, 2015 until
Sunday, November 15, 2015
Living History Event
2nd Annual Thanksgiving at the Historic Daniel Lady Farm
Hosted by the ALHES and GBPA
Saturday, November 21, 2015 until
Sunday, November 22, 2015
Living History Event
2nd Annual Christmas at the Historic Daniel Lady Farm
Hosted by the ALHES
Saturday, December 19, 2015 until
Sunday, December 20, 2015

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