Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Visiting Gettysburg, PA

Create a Battle Plan

According to an Allentown Morning Call article, visitors to the Gettysburg 150th Anniversary celebration should create a plan of attack for the festivities set to take place this summer.

The article recommends using two booklets containing information about the festivities and the town when planning. One is a 72-page Gettysburg 150th Anniversary Commemorative Events Guide, containing programming by the Gettysburg National Military Park and its partner organization, the Gettysburg Foundation. This brochure will be available at the Visitor Center and other locations in the park.

Another booklet, published by the Gettysburg Convention & Visitors Bureau, is all-inclusive, containing town and county events as well as an overview of the two main re-enactments, Downtown Gettysburg’s Independence Day parade and Cashtown's three-day observance of Lee's Approach to Gettysburg. The brochure will also show satellite parking, shuttle routes for the 10-day observance, and locations of restrooms and eateries.

The entire article can be found at the Morning Call’s website. An online version of the above-mentioned booklet by the Gettysburg Convention & Visitors Bureau is available here.

The printed version will be available at the Convention & Visitors Bureau office and its tourist information tents ias well as parking locations.

According to the Morning Call, daytrippers approaching Gettysburg “via routes 15 or 30 and will encounter electronic signs directing you to satellite parking lots.” Organizers of the events encourage visitors to consider parking in these satellite lots and taking free shuttles into town for the events; shuttles will run to most of the commemorations.

Afternoon on a Budget: Free Activities in Lancaster County

Whether you are looking for a quiet afternoon out of the house, or something fun to fill a few hours while on vacation, there are many options available that do not require paying an entrance fee. For vacationers on a small budget—never fear. You can still experience Lancaster County to the fullest.
  • If you enjoy antiques and history, you will be glad to know that Lancaster County is full to the county line with antique shops of all styles and sizes. Adamstown, in particular, is home to some of the largest antique malls in the area.

  • A fun and educational outing, the Herr’s Snack Factory Tour is a free guided tour of the Herr’s factory where the company produces chips, pretzels, popcorn, and more. In addition to seeing how these snacks are made, guests may also be treated to samples of the various products.

  • History or journalism enthusiasts may get a kick out of the Lancaster Newspapers Newseum—a small museum in downtown Lancaster dedicated to preserving and displaying the county’s journalistic history for visitors and residents alike. The Newseum traces the lineage of newspapers from the earliest times, paying special attention to the Lancaster New Era, Intelligencer Journal, and Sunday News, all currently published by Lancaster Newspapers, Inc.

  • Lititz Moravian Church Square Archives and Museum is a free museum displaying artifacts and instruments collected since the Lititz Moravian congregation was established in 1756. The town and church have a long history that is memorialized here.

Some people think it is better than many chocolate brands, but you can decide for yourself when you visit the Wilbur Chocolate Factory Store. Located in downtown Lititz, Wilbur Chocolate is half museum and half outlet store. Portions of the building are dedicated to the history of chocolate making with displays of antique molds, mixers and containers, while other parts are dedicated to a display of porcelain hot chocolate pots and a video tutorial on the making of chocolate today. Visitors may sample the chocolate and see workers molding it into various shapes that are then sold in the very same store.