Monday, January 25, 2010

Visit to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Hubby and I managed to "run away" this past weekend for a much needed relaxing get away. We stayed at a lovely bed and breakfast called The Brafferton in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. We were treated to delicious breakfasts.

Our room was quite nice and very comfortable.

There were plenty of historical sites to see- and hearing the personal stories of Civil War soldiers and their families was very moving. We saw a film about the Battle of Gettysburg (fought July 1-3, 1863) which was extremely well done, and the almost brand new (opened 2008) museum was extremely interesting. I highly recommend visiting the area, especially if your child(ren) happen to be studying the Civil War.

The casualties for the 3 day battle were about 50,000. Almost 150 years later, Lincoln's Gettysburg Address is still moving and thought provoking, a reminder of the resilience of our Great Nation.

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that this nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate...we can not consecrate...we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government: of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.


  1. Sounds like a wonderful trip. Glad that you were able to have a little R & R time with hubby.

  2. I have heard wonderful things about the museum at Gettysburg...hubby and I hope to get there this year. We will have to check out The Brafferton! Happy to hear you had a fabulous time!

  3. What a fun weekend! We were there before the new museum, I guess we need to plan a trip back. ;-)

  4. My dear new friend- Thank you so much for your kind and loving words of encouragement! You have truly lifted my spirits and renewed my strength. Just today, my girls and I were studying Zepheniah and how he foretold of the demise of Ninevah. I had never heard of this prophet before today- and now twice. I believe there is no coincidence.:) The verse you sent to me is absolutely wonderful. Thank you so much.... Lori (Robin's "little sister":) )

  5. Oh yes, your trip to Gettysburg looked so wonderful! What a beautiful inn and the food looked divine! So rich in history... I am from the East coast and I really miss it. Lori

  6. Looks like you had a nice trip. Lincoln's words are still so true and appropriate in our world today.

  7. It all sounds wonderful. Love your photos :)

  8. I live about 10 minutes from Gettysburg and have to say it is one of my favorite places for a flavor of America during the civil war era. Simply the best. Gettysburg is so quaint and sprinkled with lots of fun shopping too. Not to mention some wonderful places to eat. Looks like you and your hubby had a fantastic trip and got some R&R. Aren't Inn's wonderful? Thanks for sharing.


  9. David and I went there a few years back and loved it. It is so beautiful. You don't get the full impact of the war until you have seen the size of the battlefields up close. Would love to go back, we stayed right up the street from where you were. And we went during a Harley Davidson convention, maybe that wasn't fun.

  10. I would love to visit Gettysburg one day. Your room at the B&B looked lovely and I could just eat your breakfast right now. My husband is really interested in The Civil War so he would love it too. It's on our 'to do' list.

  11. Huuuuum, whay a nice weekend. Calme, romantic, cultural and relaxing, with a good weather. ;)

  12. Sounds like you guys had a wonderful time, a much needed break!
    I am heading to Spokane in the morning (300 miles)
    I am taking Ronnie and Noelle to look for a place to live over there. Our older kids and my parents live over there-Housing is much more affordable for Ronnie.
    I will have my laptop!




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