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This is the Eisenhower family house. They did a fair amount of renovation work and found an old cabin inside the walls.
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Eisenhower National Historic Site

1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA 17325
Hours vary by season. Busses in summer usually depart every half hour from 9-4.
717-338-9114 2 hours
July 2013 Summer, Fall, Spring
$0-9 Gettysburg Pennsylvania
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The Eisenhower National Historic Site includes the home and farm of Dwight D. Eisenhower the 34th President of the United States. The 690 acre property includes a modest country house, a small museum and some barns and farm equipment. It borders Gettysburg National Battlefield and access to the site is limited to tour buses that depart from the battlefield visitor center. During his presidency, Eisenhower used the farm as a retreat and as a venue to host dignitaries. As for the visit, there were a few introductory remarks by a park ranger and a docent, but otherwise it’s on one's own.

As a career military officer Eisenhower was continually assigned to new posts. He and his wife moved on average of once per year for about 30 years. In 1950 they purchased a 183 acre farm in Gettysburg to serve as their retirement home. Major renovations were done to the house and farm facilities were upgraded to begin a cattle operation. The property later was gifted to the US Government, and it opened to the public in 1980.

Following a 10 minute shuttle bus ride from the battlefield visitor center, a ranger provided a brief orientation of the site. A docent then pointed out some features of the Eisenhower's living room and a patio. The house is somewhat cramped, especially for larger groups but is well preserved and provided a decent perspective on how the Eisenhower’s lived. The museum had a short but interesting film on Eisenhower. There also were a few display cases with information and memorabilia from his life and times. The show barn and other cattle-oriented parts of the farm were dull and can be skipped if time is limited. All in all, this historic site runs a distant second to the adjoining Gettysburg Battlefield. Nothing here was very memorable or noteworthy but the house and museum were the most interesting overall. If you like to see homes of US Presidents or famous people and have some extra time in Gettysburg, this site will merit a brief visit.
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